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Kingswood Secondary Academy

Design Technology - Product Design

Below is the link to the AQA subject page- http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-product-design-4555

Your GCSE Examination .

Unit 2 is 2 hours long, and is 40% of your GCSE, the syllabus for which can be found at the above link.

The Theme for the exam will be released to students in February, we will study this in class, all of section one (the Designing Question ) will be based on this theme.

You will be given,

A revision guide, a set of revision cards, and past papers in the lessons.

You could also purchase the AQA Product design class book ( link below)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/AQA-GCSE-Design-Technology-Product/dp/1408502763

Ways to revise-

Past papers are below

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-45551-QP-JUN15.PDF

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-45551-QP-JUN14.PDF

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-45551-QP-JUN13.PDF

Mark schemes and examiners reports can be found using the subject page.

They are handy if you don’t know how to answer a question.

Revision Sites

http://www.technologystudent.com/prddes1/prddex1.html Very comprehensive revision site .Lots of activities to download too. Make sure you select the Product Design Option

http://www.mr-dt.com/designing/main.htm Not as good as technology student , but worth a look

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zybc87h

www.focuselearning.co.uk This is a purchased resource that you can also access at home , the log in details are on your books.

The following sites will provide you with a lot of knowledge, but remember, you are marked on your ability to produce construction drawings, as well as sketch render and design problem solve, none of this can be done on the computer!

Technical Understanding

Please focus on the ‘Longer Answer written’ ’ ‘PEE’ style questions, worth 8 points.

In these types of questions you are expected to produce extended writing, for example –

‘Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of producing design proposals using a computer system’

‘Explain how symbols found on products and packaging encourage consumers to be environmentally friendly’

‘What are the advantages of using CAD and CAM when producing Graphics Products, use examples in your answer’

Your spelling and grammar is assessed along with your use of technical terminology

Good Luck - Harriet Helm