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Design Technology: Product Design

Design and technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies. The subject calls for students to become creative problem solvers who must look for needs, wants, and opportunities, and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products.

At Hungerhill School, we believe that Design and Technology enables students to:

  • understand how design and technology affects our lives in the 21st century
  • relate their personal experience to the work of commerce and industry
  • enable students to develop higher thinking skills

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Mr C Gibbons
Joint Curriculum Leader

Design Technology: Product Design KS3

Main skills developed in Year 7: Main skills developed in Year 8:

Design Skills:

  • analytical skills
  • research skills
  • communication skills – using a variety of techniques to present ideas and findings. 
  • using computer aided design software
  • planning
  • evaluating

Making Skills:

  • marking out using templates
  • using a range of workshop tools and materials
  • using CAD software
  • using the laser cutter, Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • assembling and soldering an electronic circuit
  • cutting, shaping, joining and finishing thermo-plastic materials
  • cutting and joining card, craft straws and softwood

Design Skills:

  • ​analytical skills
  • research skills
  • communication skills – using a variety of techniques to present ideas and findings. 
  • using computer aided design software
  • planning
  • evaluating

Making Skills:

  • ​marking out using templates
  • using a range of workshop tools and materials
  • using CAD software
  • using the laser cutter, computer aided manufacturing, sublimation printing and vacuum forming.
  • assembling and soldering an electronic circuit
  • cutting, shaping, joining and finishing thermo-plastic materials
  • making out, cutting, shaping and finishing mild steel
​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 7: ​​​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 8:
  • ​Students are to bring stationery equipment to each lesson (colouring pencils).
  • Students are to have an A4 plastic page pocket folder in which to store their design work.
  • Students should take care to organise and present their work to the best of their ability.
  • ​Students are to bring stationery equipment to each lesson (colouring pencils).
  • Students are to have an A4 plastic page pocket folder in which to store their design work.
  • Students should take care to organise and present their work to the best of their ability.

Design Technology: Product Design KS4

Exam Board:

AQA

Qualification:

GCSE

Assessment:

Unit 1 - written paper

A two-hour exam - 50% of the total marks

Unit 2 - non-examined assessment (NEA)

Practical outcome and design portfolio - 50% of the total marks

Outline of course content:

The new Design and Technology qualification is a single qualification and will not have any endorsed exam routes like previous years (product design, textiles etc.) Design and Technology provides you with the opportunity to design and make product(s) using a wide range of materials. You will study the categorisation of the types and properties of the following materials: paper, wood, metals, plastics, textiles, electronics, and systems.

Outline of course structure:

The specification has been designed to encourage you to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

Careers using DT Product Design

Those with a passion for D&T could enjoy any one of a wide number of careers. How about the following:

 

In manufacturing: working in industry developing, producing, and testing goods made out of plastics, metal, ceramics, glass, clay, wood, oil, or chemicals.

 

In engineering: as an electrician or as a technician/engineer in the mechanical, civil, electronic, or chemical engineering industries.

 

In textiles: designing and manufacturing clothing, upholstery, and fabrics needed for particular uses, such as sails, parachutes, or canopies. You could work with natural or man-made fabrics.

 

In the food industry: cooking, working for food producers, researching and developing new products, or in advisory work as a nutritionist or home economist.

 

In traditional craftwork: ironwork, saddlery, glassblowing, woodwork, pottery, or hat or shoe making.

 

In the Armed forces: Lots of opportunities occur in, such as avionics work, technicians, maintenance, and repair

 

In education: if you've enjoyed studying the subject, why not try teaching it to the next generation or work as a technician helping the teacher to deliver the lesson?

 

Progression:

Lots of sixth forms offer A-Level Design and Technology which can be combined with other subjects. Also available are the Level 3 Diplomas in Engineering, Textiles, or Manufacturing.

 

Universities offer many ‘design’ and ‘technology’ degrees. Some are very specialist, for example, Leeds University offer courses to prepare you for working in the petro-chemical industry or aviation design. Many others are much more general and cover a wide range of skills needed for civil, mechanical, building, electrical, and product design work.

 

OCR CAMBRIDGE NATIONAL IN ENGINEERING DESIGN

Engineering design is a process used to identify market opportunities and solve problems that contribute to the development of new products and systems. This popular course is an opportunity for students to study the processes involved in designing new engineered products and develop a design specification.

Through research and practical activities, students understand how market requirements and opportunities inform client briefs and use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. The qualification also encourages students to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, engages them in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model.
 

Mr C Gibbons
Joint Curriculum Leader

Engineering Design

 

Exam Board:

OCR

Qualification:

Level 1 / 2

Final award

Level 1 – Distinction (D1), Merit (M1), Pass (P1) and Unclassified

Level 2 – Distinction* (*2), Distinction (D2), Merit (M2) and Pass (P2)

 

Assessment:

Level 1 / Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design consists of four mandatory units:

 

R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements

R106: Product analysis and research

R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs

R108: 3D design realisation

 

R105 is a written exam paper that’s OCR-set and marked. The other units are centre-assessed tasks that are OCR-moderated.

 

 

 

Outline of course content:

 

Unit R105

Students will:

•      Understand the design cycle and the relationship between design briefs and design specifications

•      Consider results from activities such as market research, existing product and life cycle analysis, and the study of new and improved materials and processes

•      Understand how factors such as user needs, manufacturing processes and material choice influence a design solution.

 

Unit R106

Students will:

•      Develop dexterous skills and gain practical experience of product assembly and disassembly to appreciate manufacturing processes, design features and materials used

•      Develop creativity and critical analysis through an understanding of the principles behind good design

•      Analyse existing solutions to consider what makes a good product sell.

 

Unit R107

Students will:

•      Generate design ideas using a mixture of detailed hand rendering and computer-based presentation techniques, including computer-aided design in two and three dimensions

•      Be able to use Computer-aided Design (CAD) software and techniques to produce and communicate design proposals

•      Gain skills in annotation and labelling techniques that demonstrate thought processes such as showing key features, functions, dimensions, materials, and construction/manufacture methods.

 

Unit R108

Students will:

•      Produce a prototype product in the form of a model

•      Test design ideas in a practical context, to inform further development using more complex production processes

•      Through reflection exercises, evaluate the prototype, assess improvements in design and then make necessary improvements to the final product.

 

 

 

Outline of course structure:

 

Unit R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements          

Developing new products plays an essential part in engineering. Students will study the importance of responding to a design brief and assessing the requirements of design specifications when developing a new product.

 

Unit R106: Product analysis and research

Being able to perform effective product analysis and evaluation is a vital skill in engineering. Students will research existing solutions and assess the development of engineered products.

 

Unit R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs

Communication is an important skill for today’s engineers. Students will learn how to develop concepts and communicate design ideas through hand rendering and computer-based techniques.

 

Unit R108: 3D design realisation

With its focus on practical issues, this unit requires students to apply practical skills to produce a prototype product or model using craft-based modelling materials, plus computer-controlled or rapid prototyping processes.

Careers using Engineering Design

Those with a passion for Engineering Design could enjoy any one of a wide number of careers. How about the following:

 

In manufacturing: working in industry developing, producing, and testing goods made out of plastics or metals

In engineering: as an electrician or as a technician/engineer in the civil, mechanical, electronic or mechatronic systems engineering

In the Armed forces: Lots of opportunities such as avionics work, technicians, maintenance and repair

In education: if you've enjoyed studying the subject, why not try teaching it to the next generation or work as a technician helping the teacher to deliver the lesson?

 

Progression:

Students will develop skills, knowledge and understanding through the qualification which are relevant to both work and further study. It will support progression into employment through work-placed or college based apprenticeships in areas such as Engineering and Manufacturing. It will also support students progressing to A Levels such as Design & Technology or to Cambridge Technicals in Engineering or other Further Education courses. Progression with this qualification will be greatly enhanced when complimented by GCSE Mathematics, Physics or other Science options.