Good design can improve the way we live our lives and the competitiveness of our economy. This is an exciting, new two year course through which students develop skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating products that provide solutions to real design problems whilst meeting the needs of real clients.
Students will carry out a range of activities throughout the course which will develop their creativity, as well as their sketching and making skills. Using iterative design principles, they will design and make a number of products to various different specifications and will learn the skills needed to be innovative.
The qualification is assessed through 2 component parts, both worth 50% of the qualification and both completed at the end of and during Year 13;
Component 1: Written examination
Content covered includes; Materials and their performance characteristics, Manufacturing processes and techniques, Digital technologies, Factors influencing the development of products, Effects of technological developments, Potential hazards and risk assessment, Features of manufacturing industries, Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment, Current Design and Manufacturing legislation
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (coursework project)
Students individually and in consultation with a client/end user identify a problem and design context. Students will develop a range of potential solutions which include the use of computer aided design and evidence of modelling. Students will be expected to make decisions about the designing and development of the prototype in conjunction with the opinions of the client/end user. Students will realise one potential solution through practical making activities with evidence of project management and plan for production. Students will incorporate issues related to sustainability and the impact their prototype may have on the environment. Students are expected to analyse and evaluate design decisions and outcomes for prototypes/products made by themselves and others.
The coursework project is internally assessed and externally moderated. Students will need to produce a substantial design, make and evaluate project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype. The portfolio will contain approximately 40 sides of A3 paper (or electronic equivalent). There are four parts to the assessment:
Career Opportunities: Industrial Product Design, Graphic Design, Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Design, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Product Engineering, Product Promotion, Advertising.