Design and Technology: Product Design Curriculum

Product Design runs for Year 13 students who are finishing off their A Level qualification.


Year 13

There are two units at A2 level.
Unit 3. Design and Manufacture. Assessed in June with a 2 hour written paper.
Unit 4. Designing and Making. Assessed with a 60 hour design and make coursework portfolio.
Each unit represents 50% of the total marks at A2 level (25% of the full A Level).

Half Term 1 (June - July)
• Introduction to the course.

Design and Manufacture
• Further study of Materials, Components and Application.
• Major developments in Technology

Designing and Making Practice
• Writing the design brief
• Research and analysis
• Producing Design ideas

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Controlled Assessment: Designing and Making Practice
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Completion of Design Brief and Research and analysis.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (September - October)

Design and Manufacture
• Major developments in Technology
• Design and market influences.

Designing and Making Practice
• Producing Design ideas
• Review design ideas. Client feedback.
• Developing and testing ideas

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Controlled Assessment: Designing and Making Practice
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Completion and Review of Design Ideas, Development of a final design.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November - December)

Design and Manufacture
• Design and market influences.

Designing and Making Practice
• Product testing and feedback.
• Planning manufacture

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Controlled Assessment: Designing and Making Practice
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Complete testing and plan for manufacture
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (January - February)

Designing and Making Practice
• Manufacture of final product

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Controlled Assessment: Designing and Making Practice
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Final deadline for practical aspects of the portfolio
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (March - April)

Design and Manufacture
• Design and market influences.
• Processes and manufacture

Designing and Making Practice
• Testing and evaluating.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Controlled Assessment: Designing and Making Practice
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Final deadline for Unit 4 Designing and Making Practice
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 6 (April - May)

Design and Manufacture
• Processes and manufacture
• Revision strategies practise papers

External Assessment: Yes. Unit 3 Design and Manufacture. 2 hour written exam in June
Internal Common Assessment: No
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Suggested Reading list
AQA Design and Technology: Product Design (3D studies) Evans/Potts. (Nelson Thornes)
Product Design: Resistant Materials Technology. Cresswell/Lambert/Goodier. (Heinemann)
Advanced Design and Technology. Norman/Cubitt,/Urry/Whittaker. (Longman)