NORTH EAST WOLVERHAMPTON ACADEMY

Excellence through Endeavour

Product Design

Year groups taught: 7 to 11

Introduction

Welcome to Product Design, the subject that gives the world shape. Product Design is one of the most important areas of study in today’s society. Without it we wouldn’t have the protection from car bodies or airbags, phones would be just circuit boards and screens, the tools to build the nation would not exist and more importantly, we would have nowhere to sit.

Why is this subject important?

People today live in a world of upgrading and improving and having a better standard of life, DIY taking a major part in this with the economic climate as it is. Product Design helps to provide the foundation to produce your own furniture, picture frames and other decorations. On a more personal level it can be the beginning of creating products like go karts and children’s toys. This subject opens the door to infinite possibilities for the future.

Resources to highlight

The key resources are pens, pencils and rulers. A good tool kit is always helpful but the school provides all required tools needed to complete the tasks. Access to computers and a good internet connection for research tasks, although not essential, prove extremely helpful.

Key stage 3

Year 7

Structure of course
One lesson a week for a whole term.

Topics covered
Materials types.

  • Wood (small wood manufacturing project)
  • Metal (Small white metal casting project)
  • Plastic (Small shaping, forming and finishing project)

The skills students will learn this year are
Students will gain an understanding of tools and their appropriate uses and materials and their basic properties.

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed through observation of practical tasks and completed products. They are also assessed on portfolio work and homework. Once the projects have been completed they are given an overall grade for their work.

Year 8

Topics covered
Clock project.

The skills students will learn this year are
Students develop a further understanding of materials and there uses including joining dissimilar materials. They also continue on to refine their tool skills and are introduced to more tools.

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed through observation of practical tasks and completed products. They are also assessed on portfolio work and homework. Once the projects have been completed they are given an overall grade for their work.

Key stage 4

Introduction

GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range materials, processes, tools and equipment.

Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply materials and design through prototyping, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand the range of differing materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using tools and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

This course has 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

  • Qualifications: GCSE
  • QAN Code: 500/4481/3
  • Examining body: AQA

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are

Imagination and creativity; Good literacy skill; the ability to research independently; analyse and evaluate information; Good practical skills; have the ability to solve problems independently and to a high standard of work

What you will study

Year 9
Core theory of product design, CAD / CAM development, drawing techniques.

Year 10
Design and make activity, understanding processes and materials, drawing techniques

Year 11
AQA controlled assessment task, product evaluation, understanding finishes and joining.

Students are assessed by

Year 9
Students are assessed through firstly homework tasks set on a two weekly bases. They are also assessed through marking of the work completed in the lesson. Once the projects have been completed they are given an overall grade for their work and progressed made through the work completed.

Year 10
Students are assessed through firstly homework tasks set on a two weekly bases. Mock exam papers will also be given to students to complete under exam conditions to prepare them for the final GCSE exam. The Controlled Assessment work will be assessed against the AQA mark scheme and lessons will follow the code of conduct for completing the controlled assessment.

Year 11
The Controlled Assessment work will be assessed against the AQA mark scheme and lessons will follow the code of conduct for completing the controlled assessment. The mark awarded for the controlled assessment will go towards the final GCSE grade. The final GCSE Product Design exam will be marked externally and go towards their final GCSE grade.

  • Unit 1: Written Paper (45601) 40%
  • Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45602) 60%

What might students study after this?

A Level Product Design, BTEC Engineering.

Possible careers

Product designer; graphic designer; architect; Engineer; teacher; carpenter; joiner; blacksmith.

For more information contact

Mr D Wicken.