Key Stage 5

Product Design: resistant Materials/Graphic Products

The Product Design A-Level offers two pathways, Resistant Materials Technology and Graphic Products, each with its own specific content. The structure of the specification allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes at Advanced Subsidiary (AS), demonstrating their creativity, and apply these to a design and make project at Advanced level (A2). The specification seeks to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, designing products. They will also develop their research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation skills.

During year 12 students develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes and they will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues. In year 13 students develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. Students will also design and make a product of their choice but must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution.

Year

A-level product design: resistant materials

EDExcel a-level product design specification

Scheme of work

A-level product design: graphics

Scheme of work

12

8RM01

 

 

 

 

8GR01

In unit 1 (6RM01/6GR01) students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s). Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible and there are no barriers to choices of product investigation, product design or product manufacture.

 

Portfolio of Creative Skills

In unit 2 (6RM02/6GR02) students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. It is important for students, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

 

Design and Technology in Practice

13

9RM01

 

 

 

9GR01

In unit 3 (6RM03/6GR03) students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design.

 

Designing for the Future

In unit 4 (6RM04/6GR04) students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution. The choice of design problem should have a real commercial use, in that it should be useful to a wider range of users beyond an individual, unless it has been specifically commissioned as a ‘one-off’. The design problem should provide opportunities for a client or user-group to have input into decision making at various stages of the design and make process.

 

Commercial Design

Food Technology

The GCE in Food Technology focuses on key areas that the food industry has to consider, including quality of food, processing of food, packaging and labelling, health and safety, and nutritional value and contribution to dietary control and sustained good health. It aims to develop students’ ability to produce food products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants or needs, and enhance our day-to-day lives. It seeks to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, designing food products. The specification also aims to develop students’ research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation skills.

Year

A-level food technology

EDExcel a-level food technology specification

Scheme of work

12

8FT01

In unit 1 (6FT01) students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s). Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible and there are no barriers to choices of product investigation, product design or product manufacture.

 

Portfolio of Creative Skills

In unit 2 (6FT02) students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, components, additives and processes used in the design and production of food products. It is important for students to learn about the main food components, their physical nature and working properties. Similarly, students need to know the various stages in preparing foods for large-scale production. They must also learn the fundamental principles underpinning food preservation and the various techniques involved.

 

Design and Technology in Practice

13

9FT01

In unit 3 (6FT03) students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of food commodities, aspects of nutrition, product development and food innovation. It is essential for students to have a comprehensive knowledge of the main food commodities, their composition, basic processing and typical spoilage patterns. A sound knowledge of nutrition and its influence on the diet, contemporary lifestyle issues and new product development is particularly important for food technologists.
Similarly, consumer behaviour, demographics, modern lifestyles and sustainable issues have an influence on new product development.

 

Food Products, Nutrition and Product
Development

In unit 4 (6FT04) students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a food product of their choice. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional might deal with a design problem and its resolution. The choice of design problem should have a real commercial use, in that it should be useful to a wider range of users beyond an individual, unless it has been specifically commissioned as a ‘one-off’. The design problem should provide opportunities for a
client or user-group to have input into decision making at various stages of the design and make process.

 

Commercial Design

Results

A-Level Product Design: Graphic Products 61.5%
A-Level Product Design: Resistant Materials 100%
A-Level Food Technology 33.3%