The aims of the Design and Technology Department at Key Stage 3 are:
At Key Stage 3 we will study:-
The study of Design and Technology will allow students to develop their:
Key Stage 3 Assessment
Student progress is monitored by teacher, peer and self-assessment. Achievements will be highlighted and improvement steps given. Students will continually be encouraged and guided to achieving their target end of key stage attainment level. Students will be assessed through final pieces at points of data entry.
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Engineering design is an OCR Cambridge National which follows the process used to identify market opportunities and solve problems which contribute to the development of new products and systems.
This course is aimed at learners who wish to study the processes involved in designing new products and the requirements of a design specification. Through research and practical activities, learners will understand how market requirements and opportunities inform client briefs and will use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas.
WHAT IS AN OCR CAMBRIDGE NATIONAL?
The Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Design encourage learners to communicate with a client to develop a viable and innovative product. Learners will apply skills to produce a prototype in the form of a model and test design ideas to inform further product development. Through reflection learners evaluate the prototype, making a comparable outcome against specification points, and assess possible, practical solutions and improvements to their prototype design.
The course is broken down as follows:
25%- 1 Hour Written exam (60 marks)
75%- Coursework assignments (3 assignments)
Exam- Unit R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements – 25%
Unit R106: Product analysis and research- 25%
In this unit you will carry out effective product analysis. You will research existing solutions and assess the development of engineered products. You will consider what makes a good product sell by analysing existing solutions.
Unit R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs – 25%
In this unit you will develop techniques to generate, communicate and develop ideas using hand rendering and computer-based presentation techniques including computer aided design software. You will gain skills in annotation and labelling techniques, such as showing key features, functions, dimensions, materials, construction/manufacture methods.
Unit R108: 3D design realisation
In this unit you will apply practical skills to produce a prototype product in the form of a model and test design ideas in a practical context, to inform further development. You will then evaluate the prototype making a comparison of the outcome against the product specification and evaluate potential improvements in design such as features, function, materials, aesthetics and ergonomics and make suggestions on improvements to the final product.
Level 2- Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*
Level 1- Pass, Merit or Distinction
(Level 2 Merit equates to a GCSE grade 5)
WHAT SKILLS COULD I DEVELOP
-Presentation and portfolio work
-You will develop a range of computer skills in order to produce both 2D and 3D designs
-Learning through project work will help you to be organised and manage time and deadlines successfully
-You will work with various modelling materials to produce final outcome pieces
-Skills in exploring existing products and the way in which they are made.
You will need to be able to undertake tasks (such as researching) on your own and be able to plan your work so that you can meet deadlines.
You will also be expected to catch up work during after school sessions where necessary.