Design & Technology: Engineering Design at KS5

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Course ID
OCR H404
Faculty
Design & Technology
Department
Engineering
Level
Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)
Head of Faculty
C. Chandler, C. Roncarati
Head of Department
C. Zane

This exciting course allows students to build upon skills learnt at KS4 in either D&T or Engineering GCSE.

It has a common core with D&T: Fashion and textiles and Product which includes: identifying requirements, learning from existing products and practices, implications of wider issues, design thinking and communication, material considerations and technical understanding, manufacturing processes and techniques, viability of design solutions and health and safety. Students will develop and learn knowledge and skills through small projects, theory lessons, product analysis and they will undertake an NEA (coursework) which will last approximately a year and will involve students researching a problem and designing and making a solution for it.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 12

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Theory: analyse existing products; demonstrate applied mathematical skills; demonstrate technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques; demonstrate understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.
Trial NEA: apply knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products; demonstrate higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions.
 
Autumn 2 Theory: What considerations need to be made about the structural integrity of a design solution? How do mechanisms provide functionality to products and systems? What forces need consideration to ensure structural and mechanical efficiency? How can electronic systems offer functionality to design solutions? How can programmable devices and smart technologies provide functionality in system design?
Trial NEA: Final Assessment for this trial unit will be in the form of a completed CAD drawing accompanying sketchwork and working drawings with a fully functioning 3d prototype that incorporates additive manufacturing.
 
Spring 1 Theory (Engineering Mathematics Theory): Newton’s laws of motion, Hooke’s law, Ohm’s law as appropriate to the design product.
NEA (Iterative Design Project): analysis of design contexts; research into design needs; identification of essential stakeholders.
End of unit test.
NEA – Coursework 50% of total ‘A’ Level mark.
Spring 2 Theory (Preparation for Iterative design project NEA): Preparation for NEA – what is the NEA? How many marks is it worth? 50%.
Practical (NEA – project work, research): analysis of design contexts; research into design needs; identification of essential stakeholders.
Exemplar material – preparation of PowerPoint, scatter chart of ideas.
Summer 1 Theory (Engineering Coursework NEA): key Stakeholder requirements; research into design parameters. NEA: Iterative Design Project – Coursework 50% of total ‘A’ Level mark.
Summer 2 NEA: design ideas, development, modelling, CAD. Stakeholder feedback.

 

Year 13

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Iterative Design Project: Design ideas /evaluation of ideas; modelling of basic concepts, feedback from clients, design developments. Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to analyse a given problem, imagine solutions to that problem, use a range of modelling techniques, produce a prototype and communicate their ideas clearly. Students should use sketches or modelling to show technical concepts and the initial steps in generating a functional solution.  
Autumn 2 Iterative Design Project: Development of ideas and advanced modelling / early prototype, Working Drawings and CAD modelling. Students will demonstrate their ability to develop illustrated design ideas that conform to sector-specific conventions, use CAD effectively and clearly annotate their drawings.  
Spring 1 Iterative Design Project: Manufacture of Final Prototype. Students will demonstrate their ability to produce and follow a production plan and explain the stages of production, consider repeatability and use CNC, explain the quality control measures taken and consider health and safety. Students will demonstrate their ability to use safely a range of materials and equipment and explain their choices, consider quality control and work to tolerances.  
Spring 2 Iterative Design Project: Evaluation / Further developments of NEA. Examination Theory: Exam practice/Revision techniques. Students will demonstrate their ability to undertake testing of their product and evaluate its effectiveness. They will also be expected to provide an honest evaluation of the product and make recommendations for improvements.  
Summer 1 Examination Theory: Exam technique and practice / past papers. Paper 1 H401
(26.7% of Total A level)
Paper 2 H402
(23.3% of Total A level)
Summer 2 ‘A’ Level Examination. ‘A’ Level Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 12

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
OCR D&T A Level; Hodder Education D&T. Essential Maths Skills for AS/A Level Design & Technology (Peter Warne & Chris Walker); OCR Design & Technology for AS/A Level (Chris Walker, John Grundy, Sharon McCarthy, Jacki Piroddi). How It’s Made;
How Do They Do That?
 

 

Year 13

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
OCR D&T A Level; Hodder Education D&T. Essential Maths Skills for AS/A Level Design & Technology (Peter Warne & Chris Walker); OCR Design & Technology for AS/A Level (Chris Walker, John Grundy, Sharon McCarthy, Jacki Piroddi). How It’s Made.
How Do They Do That?
 

 

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