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Key Stage 5 - Product Design

The Edexcel A Level Product Design (Graphic Product) is a one year course which is structures around 4 units, 2 of which leads to the AS level a and the other 2 units leading to A2 level which combines to make the full GCE qualification. The course encompasses a wide range of design disciplines, but it firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs.


Product Design emphasises two key factors: CREATIVITY & SUSTAINABILITY and  covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics in many forms. As well as learning hand skills, pupils will use a range of industrial processes to shape and form materials into functioning products.


Each pupil will complete the following sections:

The assessment for the GCSE is broken down into four sections; AS units 1 & 2

Unit 1 (Portfolio of Creative Skills- Internal Assessment) This unit is worth 90 marks (60% of AS course) of the overall marks. This is the unit where pupils produce one portfolio that contains evidence of product investigation, product design and product manufacture. They have to produce photographic evidence of the product they have made.

Unit 2 Design & Technology in Practice- External Assessment). This unit is worth 70 marks (40% of AS course) of the overall marks and is a written exam paper.

This unit focuses on developing knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. You will learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks, and the health and safety issues that have to be considered. What pupils learn in this unit will be applied during the design and make activities learned.

Each subject requires you to establish a project focus and design a product that meets the need of a target client. Y.

You will have 45 hours to complete your internal assessment; your exam is 1 1/2 hours long.


Who should choose this GCSE at MIS?

o  Someone who has completed a Design & Technology GCSE project at KS4 by  making useful products using a variety of tools and manufacturing processes;

o  A person who is more motivated by seeing their ideas come to life in a working model;

o  An individual who can organise their time to produce an interesting and relevant design folder;

o  Any student who has enjoyed and found success in the subject at Key Stage 4!


How you will do this GCSE

In year one…

Your course will be broken down into a number of stages:

o   Skills Building and Project Assignment One

o  Assignment Two and Assignment Three

o  Exam Prep  

There are many benefits in choosing AS Product Design at GCSE, they include:

·         Developing your practical skills

Whether you decide to follow a career related to this subject or not, having confidence when carrying out a practical task is a life skill that will always be of great use to you in the future

·         Learning about effective time management

The world of work will require you to meet deadlines on a regular basis as you move on in your chosen career. A GCSE in Design and Technology will help to enhance your organisational skills and make you a more self-motivated individual.

·         Enhancing your knowledge of how products are made

In order for you to become a better informed consumer so that you can make decisions about the products you use, buy and maybe even design you need to understand how these products are manufactured. A GCSE in DT aims to make you aware of the factors and issues surrounding the industry of product design.


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