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Year 12 Product Design Curriculum

Key topics to be taught this year:

Autumn Term

Topic

Further details about the topic

Skills

1

Product Design theory; timbers, metals, polymers, processes, specialist tools, composites, papers and boards.

Materials and components.

Understanding interaction with our environments.

2

Influencing factors of design, design movements and focused practical tasks.

Ergonomics and design influences.

 

 

Working with technology. Trialling and testing materials and processes including CAD and CAM.

Spring Term

 

 

 

1

Digital Technology, design tasks, smart modern materials.

Design and Market influences.

Working directly with materials, tools and equipment to model and create.

2

Digital Technology, design tasks, smart modern materials.

Design and Market influences.

Working directly with materials, tools and equipment to model and create.

Summer Term

 

 

 

1

NEA – establishing a problem to study.

Investigating needs, wants and values of the client/user.

Analysis skills.

2

NEA.

Research and specification.

Defining the problem that needs to be solved.

Assessments:

Autumn Term

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

Materials, components and construction.

 

Development, prototypes, knowledge tests of materials, components and construction.

Spring Term

 

 

CAT 2

Exam questions.

Materials, components and construction and design theories.

Summer Term

 

 

CAT 3

End of year exam.

Exam covering units 1-7.

Main Resources:

Resource

Details

Term

Text books

Edexcel A Level Product Design.

All

Recommended reading

Eco Design.

Concept Design.

Ergonomic Design.

All

Recommended Software

Solidworks.

All

Enrichment opportunities:

Activity

Day and time or term

Coursework ‘Catch up’ and improvement time

Lunchtimes at the discretion of the teacher.

 

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