Edexcel’s GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design specification seeks to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. Product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-today lives and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their design and technology capability.
Edexcel’s GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design
Comprises four units and contains an Advanced Subsidiary subset of two AS units.
Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills. This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel. The maximum number of marks available for each discrete section is 30. One overall mark out of 90 is required.
Unit 2: This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
Unit 3: This unit is assessed through a 2-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
Unit 4: This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel. Students are given the opportunity to design and make a product of their choice. The maximum number of marks available is 90.
Product/industrial design courses teach theoretical and practical skills in the design area. By combining creativity with technology they provide you with a broad knowledge of production methods and materials Employment can be found in both the private and public sector. Private sector work could include a wide range of manufactured products for the domestic and industrial market. Public sector work could include designing interactive facilities, such as public information points and equipment used by services such as the police, fire and ambulance.
Each week you will be timetabled for four periods of 60 minutes each. Two lessons will be practical based, where you will develop new skills and techniques that will help to improve your practical outcomes.
The other two periods will be classroom based lessons. Focussing on the knowledge and understanding required to pass the terminal exams
In Design Technology there is a need for regular learning and independent study. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)