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GCSE Product Design - Resistant Materials Curriculum Years 10 & 11

Specification

Edexcel - The specification and assessment structure can be found at the link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/design-and-technology-2017.html

What will I study?

During Key Stage 4 candidates will be encouraged to acquire and apply knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  • Recognising the moral, cultural and environmental issues inherent in design and technology.
  • Considering how past and present design and technology affects society.
  • Analysing and evaluating products and processes.
  • Engaging in focused tasks to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the wider aspects of environmental considerations and design constraints.
  • Engaging in strategies for developing ideas, planning and producing a product.

Course content

In year 10 students will primarily study all the areas stated above to meet the requirements of the core theory exam paper. The same topics will be studied whether the pupil opts for Resistant Materials or Commercial 3D Products. In the June of year 10 the coursework task will commence and will be more option specific. The exam board set six Contextual Challenges to choose from. These are released on 1st June of year 10.

Options available

The coursework element involves the production of a twenty-page A3 portfolio covering research, designing. Making is subject specific:

  • Resistant Materials – is workshop based using materials such as wood, metals and plastics.
  • Commercial 3D Products - making in room 14 using materials such as plastics, boards and CAD CAM.

Coursework Assessment Objectives

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their design and technology capability through acquiring and applying, knowledge, skills and understanding of:

  1. Materials, components, processes, techniques and industrial practice.
  2. Iterative design (open minded design through discussion, modifying and exploration of concepts and possibilities.
  3. Evaluating processes and products by examining the wider effects of new technologies on the environment and society.

Assessment for both Resistant Materials and Commercial 3D Products is by:

Controlled Assessment Unit Terminal Examination
Design & Make Project
50% of the final grade.
This does not start until June of Year 10.
Written Paper = 50% of the final grade
1 HOUR 45 MINUTES
Section A – Core
  • Metals
  • Papers and Boards
  • Polymers
  • Systems
  • Textiles
  • Timbers
Section B
Specialist material category

Skills and qualities required for the Coursework

  • Good formal drawing and sketching skills.
  • The use of your imagination.
  • Good design and practical skills.
  • Adapt to changing ideas and client requirements.
  • Ability to work both individually and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and put in “extra effort” at lunchtimes.
  • Will need to develop ICT literacy; PowerPoint, 2D Design, Photoshop, Google Sketchup.

Examination Paper

At the end of the two years, students will sit both section A and Section B of the examination paper and in total this will make up 50% of their final grade.

  • Students will be taught the core knowledge (section A) and some of the specialist knowledge (section B) during year 10. All students, whether studying Resistant Materials or Commercial 3D Products will study the same core knowledge throughout the year.
  • Section B of the paper will be the students’ specialist area; either Metals, Polymers, Timbers or Papers and Boards.
  • Maths questions will appear throughout the paper based on Gear Ratios, Mechanical Advantage, Velocity Ratios, Volume, Surface area and Angles.

The Coursework section (NEA) will commence on the 1st June in Year 10 when the exam board release the contextual challenge options.

Where could it lead?

Due to the changes in the specification, pupils who study either course are well prepared to study A Level Product Design of which there is always a high take up. This could enable Apprenticeships and University Degree courses in Product Design, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Architecture and Mechanical Engineering.

Additional Requirements/Information

Pupils will need to buy a USB memory stick to save their DT work too and their own personal drawing equipment in order to work both at school and home e.g. set squares, compass, colouring pencils, HB, B, & H pencil, black outline pen / fine liner.

Year 10

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Energy consumption, emerging technologies, smart modern materials, mechanical devices, electronic systems, ferrous and non-ferrous metals Theory based work with focused practical tasks Practical and analysis skills
2 Polymers, fabrics, fibres, timbers and structures. Past and present designers and design strategies Theory based work with focused practical tasks Practical and analysis skills
Spring Term
1 Specialist material area Theory based work with focused practical tasks Practical and analysis skills
2 Specialist material area Theory based work with focused practical tasks Practical and analysis skills
Summer Term
1 Mini contextual challenge Research & analysis to GCSE format Investigation work to analyse a set problem
2 Contextual challenge NEA Investigation, specification and design Specification and initial ideas for chosen contextual challenge

Year 11

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Contextual challenge NEA Investigation, specification and design Specification and initial ideas for chosen contextual challenge
2 Polymers, fabrics, fibres, timbers and structures. Past and present designers and design strategies Design, review and develop Design ideas for chosen contextual challenge
Spring Term
1 Contextual challenge NEA

 

Manufacture Making the product for chosen contextual challenge.
2 Contextual challenge NEA Manufacture and evaluation Making and evaluating for chosen contextual challenge
Summer Term
1 Exam preparation for exam theme Prepare for exam Practice questions and understanding how to achieve higher marks

Assessments

Resources Topic Type of assessment
CAT 1 All work covered in term 1 and 2 Terminology test and exam practice questions
CAT 2 Specialist material area Terminology test and exam practice questions
CAT 3 End of Year exam End of year exam based on all areas of study
CAT 4 Controlled assessment
Exam questions
Research analysis and spec ideas
Development, prototypes and mock exam
CAT 5 Controlled assessment
Exam questions
Final products
Coursework portfolio
CAT 6 GCSE Exam paper

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Text books Edexcel GCSE Design & Technology. All
Recommended websites

 

www.technologystudent.com

BBC Bitesize

Focuselearning.co.uk

 

All
Equipment Pens, pencils, Ruler, calculator, USB memory stick All

Enrichment opportunities

Activity Day and time or term
Project ‘Catch up’ time Lunchtimes at the discretion of the teacher

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