Design Technology

Design and Technology - Key Stage 3

At Limehouse School we design, make and evaluate a range of products that allow the students to address the six principles of the new National Curriculum requirements which are listed below.

  1. User
  2. Purpose
  3. Functionality
  4. Design Decisions
  5. Innovation
  6. Authenticity

So in all our work we think about who the USER will be. We try to be clear about the PURPOSE of the product and what it has to do. (The FUNCTIONALITY). We then make DECISIONS about materials and processes we might use based on what is required and what materials and equipment we have available to us. We look at existing similar products and evaluate them and consider ways that we might improve upon them. (INNOVATION).  In order to achieve AUTHENTICITY we make the products realistic and acceptable in appearance. We consider the quality and finish. We also design packaging and promotional material that might be used at a “point of sale” as in a shop.

In practice we make a range of mechanical toys, games and puzzles. We make trinket boxes and jewellery boxes. We use card and other materials to develop packaging and experiment with “paper engineering” to make pop up cards and booklets.  We use natural wood and a range of widely used manufactured wood based materials such as MDF, chipboard and plywood. We use acrylics and Perspex and a range of adhesives and fixings. The emphasis is on making and it is during the making process that we consider the properties and characteristics of the tools and materials we are using.

GCSE Graphic Products

Candidates should build upon the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of materials appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing.

Candidates should be aware of the processes and techniques which aid manufacture and of the commercial application of a range of materials and techniques used when manufacturing products in quantity. It is expected that designing and making will address complete product issues and therefore deal with materials associated with the making of production

aids, e.g. jigs, moulds, templates etc. as well as dealing with issues such as labelling, packaging etc. It will be important therefore that candidates can utilise a variety of suitable materials and components.

Whilst undertaking product analysis activities, it is expected that candidates will make detailed references to the materials used as well as the associated manufacturing issues. 

  • Materials and components 
  • Techniques and processes 
  • Products and applications 
  • Evaluation techniques 
  • Social, cultural, moral and environmental issues 
  • ICT 
  • Health and Safety issues 
  • Systems and control procedures 
  • Industrial practices 

The course is assessed in two ways: 

  1. Two hour written examination – 40% of the marks
  2. Coursework design project – 60% of the marks

GCE A Level Design and Technology – Product Design  

This subject has been designed to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. It is helpful but not necessary for candidates to have studied GCSE Design and Technology and ideally achieved a grade ‘C’ or above before beginning this subject but no prior knowledge of design and technology is required for candidates to undertake a course of study. 

Subject at a glance: 

Year 1 As Level 

Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application (50% of AS, 25% of A Level)

2 hour written paper worth 80 marks Based on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections:

  • Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions
  • Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two
  • Section 3 contains one compulsory question 

Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making (50% of AS, 25% of A Level)

Coursework – approx 50 hours worth 80 marks

Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work.

Year 2 A Level

Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture (25% of A Level)

2 hour written paper worth 84 marks based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections. Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section. Includes synoptic assessment 

Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice (25% of A Level)

Coursework – approx 60 hours worth 85 marks as a Written (or electronic) design folder with a single manufactured outcome. Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity