Rickmansworth School GCSE Pathway 4 Option Booklet

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Product Design

Overview The current specification aims to develop students as independent and creative problem- solvers, as individuals and team members. They must identify needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of design ideas and making appropriate products. The specification combines practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social, moral and environmental issues, function and industrial practice. Students reflect on and evaluate relevant present and past design and technology, its uses and effects, in addition to looking at specialist knowledge of properties. In addition we will be looking at broadening students knowledge through linking core subject knowledge such as maths and science into different applications of Design and Technology. Students that choose to study Product Design must understand the written and academic requirements of the subject. This is not a 100% practical marked course. The non-exam assessment is an individual project that requires a substantial commitment to independent learning. Costs In addition to generic School equipment such as writing pens a pencil sharpener and rubber, students must also have a fine line black pen, a set square and a set of colouring pencils. Students could also add graphics rendering pens such as Promarkers to their pencil case if desired.

Trips Design trip in Year 10 destination TBC. Cost approximately £25 per person

Pathways Further Education: Product Design enables the ability to take a wide range of Design related courses at A level and College University: Product Design, Illustration, Computer / Game Design, Architecture Career: Architecture, Computer Aided Design, Advertising, Website Design, Product Design, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Furniture Design


Component 1

Component 2

• Non-exam assessment

• Exam assessment

50% of GCSE, 30–35 hours approx

50% of GCSE, 2 hour exam

Practical application of: • Core technical principles • Specialist technical principles • Designing and making principles Tasks to be critically explored and developed: • Substantial design and make task • Assessment criteria: Investigating, Designing, Making, Analysing and Evaluating

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks) A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding. Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks) Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles. Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks) A mixture of short answer and extended response questions including a 12 mark design question.

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