GCSE Product Design – Resistant Materials

Course Overview

During Key Stage 4 students will engage in ‘design and make’ projects that are linked to their own interests, industrial practice and the community. ICT is used to enhance the quality of students’ work and will incorporate computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) including ICT-based sources for research.

Students will find out about materials and manufacturing techniques and develop design skills and modelling techniques through a series of projects during Year 10. The final assignment will bring together a wide range of techniques, requiring students to create, develop and communicate solutions to their own individual project outlines. Students will submit a concise A3 folder (20 sheets minimum) with appropriate ICT evidence, together with a prototype.

Exams and Coursework

The course work section accounts for 60% of the final grade, and the exam 40% of the final grade. The exam is 2 hours long and single tier. Deadlines for course work will be set regularly. It is vital that students keep up with coursework and they are provided with additional assistance to do so. Homework can take the form of research, preparation, revision or continuation folder work.

Potential Pathways (Post-16)

AS and A level Product Design leading to a vast range of design related courses in higher education. GEN2 and Modern apprenticeships. Further specialised study at further education or higher education.

Potential Career Routes

Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Illustration, Product Design, employment/apprenticeship, Joinery, Industrial Design, Engineering, Furniture Design, Carpentry, Transport Design.

Contact Mr Anderson: [email protected]