Design and Technology: Product Design
(Exam Board: OCR)
Mrs K Upcraft / Mrs A Wragg
What do I need?
Students with a grade C or above in GCSE Design and Technology Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Food Technology Textiles Technology or Electronic Products will be able to take this course. However, having at least a grade B in GCSE is an advantage to students.
What will I learn?
Students will follow a product design course specialising in any of these areas; Food, Graphic products, Manufacturing, Resistant materials, Systems and control or Textiles. This course is both practical and academic. Students will: -
• Learn how to use a variety of materials and equipment in order to produce high quality products. Learn the importance of modelling ideas and develop their skills in modelling.
• Study production processes and work through the design process to enable them to generate creative design ideas that respond to human need. Develop their ability to critically analyse and evaluate existing products.
• Look at influences upon design within our society and the work of current designers.
How will I be assessed?
At AS level you will study two units (one examined and one extended piece of coursework) as detailed below and then at A2 level you will study a further two units (one examined and one extended piece of coursework).
AS Level Unit 1 – Advance d Innovation Challenge (F521) Examined component
A theme is set by the exam board in September, which candidates must research and use to produce a ‘job bag’. The exam board then sets a challenge and candidates design a product to meet this during a 6 hour practical exam. Finally, there is a 1 hour written examination paper about the product they have designed.
40% of AS
20% of A2 80 marks
AS Level Unit 2 – Product Study (F522) Coursework component
Candidates are required to select a single existing product and analyse it in detail. Then improved designs are proposed, modelled and tested. Coursework can be presented as either a written portfolio of 20 A3 sheets or an e-portfolio of 20 electronic pages.
60% of AS
30% of A2
A2 Level Unit 1 – Design, Make and Evaluate (F523) Coursework component
Candidates select a project of their own and develop their designing to a working prototype that can be tested and evaluated. Coursework can be presented as either a written portfolio of 25 A3 sheets or an e-portfolio of 25 electronic pages.
30% of A2
A2 Level Unit 2 – Product Design (F524) Examined component
This is both a written and design paper that consists of two components. Candidates will be able to select across the focus material area.
20% of A2
Is there anything else I need to know?
This is a valuable qualification if you want to go on to Higher Education in design based subjects such as Design and Technology, Product Design, Art & Design, Engineering and so on.
However, there are many transferable skills that will be useful to candidates pursuing further studies and careers in other subjects as well as in their personal lives. For example, problem solving, teamwork, research and planning techniques, analysing and evaluating information.
This is an interesting and stimulating subject for study in the Sixth Form and combines well with courses in History, English, Drama, Art for entry into careers in the arts, or with Mathematics or Sciences for careers in architecture, engineering and product design.