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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 13 Design Technology
Term 1NEA - Section A   
A:Identifying and investigating design possibilities 20 marks Having chosen their context and potential user(s) they then need to plan and carry out an extensive investigation into all aspects of the context in order that they might operate from a position of knowledge when making subsequent decisions. The student will be expected to employ a variety of both primary and secondary methods of investigation.At this stage it is expected that the student will begin to explore their thinking on possible solutions by producing concept ideas that take into account the information collected. At this stage of the process these first concept ideas will merely demonstrate the student's initial thinking and should serve to stimulate later more considered thoughts regarding their design proposal(s) and design prototype(s).
Assessment: A:Identifying and investigating design possibilities 20 marks Assessment will marked against the NEA AQA mark scheme from the exam board. Students will be placed into a bracket of marks for the first draft and will receive verbal feedback in lesson as well as a written formative assessment. Students can then edit their work with improvements in order to improve their initial mark for a second mark. Students have access to the NEA mark scheme throughout the project. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1NEA - Section B   
4.5.2 Section B: Producing a design brief and specification 10 marks The student is required to produce a clearly stated and challenging design brief that addresses the context and meets the needs of the intended user(s). The student should formulate a fully detailed design specification that is informed by their investigations and makes full use of the material collated. Statements in the specification need to be clear and unambiguous. There should be specific references to measurable outcomes as well as qualitative statements. Whatever format is chosen to present the specification it is expected that this will be a live and working document that will be constantly referenced throughout the process. The specification should also include details on how the student intends to organise their time and activities in order to ensure a successful completion of the process.
Assessment: 4.5.2 Section B: Producing a design brief and specification 10 marks Assessment will marked against the NEA AQA mark scheme from the exam board. Students will be placed into a bracket of marks for the first draft and will receive verbal feedback in lesson as well as a written formative assessment. Students can then edit their work with improvements in order to improve their initial mark for a second mark. Students have access to the NEA mark scheme throughout the project. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2NEA - Section C   
4.5.3 Section C: Development of design proposals 25 marks Design proposals should reflect on first concepts and take full account of the design brief and design specification. The aim should be that the development of their design proposal leads to a prototype that can be manufactured by the student given their skills and experience. In developing their proposals the student will be expected to make constant reference to their design brief and design specification, to identify if further investigations are required and to carry these out. Design proposals can be demonstrated through a variety of different media, they should be of a high quality and show evidence of analysis and annotation. Modelling is seen as a key element of this assessment criteria, whether this be part modelling, practising of manufacturing and finishing techniques. There is also the expectation that students will produce working drawings, plans and patterns to enable successful prototype manufacturing to take place. CAD is evident.
Assessment: 4.5.3 Section C: Development of design proposals 25 marks Assessment will marked against the NEA AQA mark scheme from the exam board. Students will be placed into a bracket of marks for the first draft and will receive verbal feedback in lesson as well as a written formative assessment. Students can then edit their work with improvements in order to improve their initial mark for a second mark. Students have access to the NEA mark scheme throughout the project and should be aiming for a level matching or exceeding their target grade. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2 and 3NEA - Section D   
4.5.4 Section D: Development of design prototypes 25 marks Design prototypes need to be directly related to the design proposals and show consideration of how the design thinking continues to be developed and the prototype refined. Students need to show practical skills to a high level using all of the potential resources, tools, machines and equipment at their disposal. During the development of their design prototype the student should to continue to experiment and adapt their design proposals as they progress. Constant testing and evaluation is expected to form part of this process. The use of CAM is encouraged, but not the only form of manufacturing used.
Assessment: 4.5.4 Section D: Development of design prototypes 25 marks Assessment will marked against the NEA AQA mark scheme from the exam board. Students will be placed into a bracket of marks for the first draft and will receive verbal feedback in lesson as well as a written formative assessment. Students can then edit their work with improvements in order to improve their initial mark for a second mark. Students have access to the NEA mark scheme throughout the project and should be aiming for a level matching or exceeding their target grade. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3NEA - Section E   
4.5.5 Section E: Analysing and evaluating 20 marks In awarding marks for this section it is vital to remember that evidence for analysing and evaluating can take place in any part of the NEA. Students should be encouraged to be constantly analysing their work and recording their thoughts in order to explain their thinking. Ongoing evaluation should be seen to be informing the decision making process, particularly being used to bring about modifications to design proposals and prototype development. Central to this is the close and regular involvement of the proposed client/user(s) making sure that the prototype is both fit for purpose and meets the requirements of the client/user(s) rather than just meeting those of the student.
Assessment: 4.5.5 Section E: Analysing and evaluating 20 marks Assessment will marked against the NEA AQA mark scheme from the exam board. Students will be placed into a bracket of marks for the first draft and will receive verbal feedback in lesson as well as a written formative assessment. Students can then edit their work with improvements in order to improve their initial mark for a second mark. Students have access to the NEA mark scheme throughout the project and should be aiming for a level matching or exceeding their target grade. once the final mark has been given students will have a short time to improve then their NEA will be moderated.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4/5Exam Preparation
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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