Product Design, Engineering and Graphics

Subject: Product Design, Engineering and Graphics

Head of Subject: Mr D Barton

In Key Stage 3 students are taught Product Design and Graphics in mixed ability classes. Students have 1 hour taught on a carousel basis over the year. Home learning tasks are set weekly and assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 there are several choices for student to continue their studies in Materials Technology to GCSE level.

  • GCSE Product Design – Hard Materials
  • GCSE Engineering

Students that opt to take one of these subjects will have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They study the following GCSE specifications:

  • GCSE Product Design – AQA Design and Technology: Product Design (4555)
  • GCSE Engineering – AQA Design and Technology: Engineering (Single Award) (4850)

Students will be awarded a grade A*- U following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

 

Throughout their time at studying Design Technology at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • How to identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants
  • How to design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose
  • How to analyse and evaluate products
  • How to make design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others
  • How to understand the wider issues in design technology
  • How to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of the technical principles required in design technology
  • Design and making principles including the use of a range of different tools and equipment

 

Overview of the Product Design, Engineering and Graphics Curriculum KS3 and KS4

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Product Design – Wood Product Design – Wood Graphics – Drawing skills and 3D Design Graphics – Drawing skills and 3D Design Textiles – Mean Bean and Sock Monster Textiles – Mean Bean and Sock Monster
8 CAD – Architecture Project CAD – Architecture Project Textiles – Dice Project Textiles – Dice Project Product Design – Plastics Product Design – Plastics
9 Product Design – Metals Product Design – Metals CAD/CAM CAD/CAM Textiles – Minion Project Textiles – Minion Project

 

KS4 – Year 10 and Year 11

Students will cover a range of topics linked to the GCSE Specifications. These topics will be expanded upon and the pupils will complete a range of projects to help ensure they understand the key information.

In Engineering pupils will cover the following topics:

  • Designing and communicating
  • Manufacturing an Engineering Product
  • Understanding engineered products
  • Application of New Technologies
  • Environmental and Sustainability issues
  • Health and safety

In Product Design pupils will cover the following topics:

  • Materials and components
  • Classification and working properties of materials
  • Design and market influences
  • Evolution of design
  • Communication and representation of ideas
  • Design in practice
  • Design methodology
  • Design in the human context
  • Ethical, Environmental and Sustainability issues
  • Health and safety
  • Product Manufacturing

In Year 11 pupils will complete their GCSE Controlled Assessment task. This is currently worth 60% of their total GCSE mark.

Pupils will undertake a single design and make activity which is selected from a range of exam board-set tasks.

Pupils will submit a 3-dimensional outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. The design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper or equivalent A4 paper or the ICT equivalent. It is expected that pupils should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity.

 

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Product Design is 4555. Click here to view the GCSE specification

 

The specification code for GCSE Engineering is 4850. Click here to view the GCSE specification

 

Additional Information

Material Technology and Textiles offers an extensive range of extra-curricular provision, including:

 

  • Intervention – Every Wednesday from 3pm to 5:30pm for Year 11 pupils to complete controlled assessment and catch up and missed pieces of coursework
  • Revision sessions – Every Wednesday from 3pm to 5:30pm and one lunch time session each week from 12:15pm – 1pm or pupils in Key Stage 4
  • Homework support – Every night from 3pm and each dinner time from 12:30pm for pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4
  • Trips – Year 10 reward trip to Jaguar Land Rover and Year 9 University of Manchester Teen Tech event for prospective Engineering or Product Design pupils

 

Teaching Staff

Mr D Barton Head of Subject
Mr K Yearsley Teacher of Product Design and Engineering
Miss A Warner Teacher of Product Design and Engineering
Mr J Clayton Technologies Technician