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    Hodgson Academy Summer Break Work

    GCSE Product Design

  • Year 10 Summer

    Homework • You need to continue/start your NEA.

    If you have already started your NEA aim to finish off the Section A and Section B slides, before making a start on designing your ideas (Section C).

    • If you have yet to start your NEA you need to log into Google Classroom (new class code - uv2ca4t ) and open the NEA Portfolio template.

    • All the resources you need to start can be found further down the Google Classroom page, including the guides and a video walk through for each section.

    • Sections you can be working on:

    Section A - Exploring the Contextual Challenge - Researching the Problem - Customer Profile - Product Analysis

    Section B - Research Analysis - Design Brief - Design Specification (All can appear on one slide)

    Section C - Start Initial Ideas

    • If you have already started your NEA... You may wish to get ahead and start your designing. Try and use a range of different drawing techniques to help get more marks.

    • Please read this booklet to help you get started. It contains the Mark Scheme for Sections A, B and C, including a tick sheet to check you have done everything needed.

    • Please email Mr Smith (a.smith@hodgson.lancs.sch.uk) if you have any problems.

    mailto:a.smith@hodgson.lancs.sch.uk https://classroom.google.com/

  • NEA Guide Booklet


    • The NEA task will contribute towards 50% of your final grade

    • You will be given a choice of three contextual challenges to choose from. These challenges will be provided by AQA on the 1st June 2020.

    • You will identify a PROBLEM associated with one of the context’s provided.

    • You will develop solutions to the problem for a potential client or customer using a range of techniques.

    • You will make a prototype of your solution and test it to see if it solves the problems and meets the needs of the client/customer.

    • You will present all your work, including photographic evidence of your practical outcomes, on a digital portfolio (created in PowerPoint) of around 20 A3 pages.

    • You are expected to spend around 35 hours on the NEA, including time manufacturing the practical outcome.

    • You must NOT submit any work that is not your own. This includes copying exemplar work, classmates work, direct copy and paste from the internet and copying word for word from textbooks. You must also not include any inappropriate, offensive or obscene material.

    These actions constitute malpractice and a penalty will be given (for example, disqualification).

    • You will be expected to work under exam conditions when completing non- practical work.

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    The Contextual Challenges for 2020-2021 are:

    1. Multifunctional living 2. Teenage lifestyle 3. Nature and the environment

  • Structure of your NEA ● On June 1st the Contextual Challenges will be released by the exam board.

    ● You are to choose one of those Contextual Challenges as your focus area.

    ● For your chosen challenge you are going to identify a problem linked to that theme, and then design, develop and manufacture a prototype product that solves that problem.

    ● You will follow the Iterative Design Process (more detail on the next page) during this project. Iterative means a repeating cycle of events, so throughout the project you will be assessed on your ability to evaluate and go back to fix any faults or make improvements.

    ● You will need a client, who you will be questioning and getting the opinion of throughout the project.

    ● The NEA is split into three Assessment Objectives (AO’s). To summarise, AO1 is your researching abilities, AO2 is your Design and Making skills and AO3 is your ability to evaluate and reflect. You can pick up marks for any AO in any section (for example, you could design ideas in your research section and pick up marks for AO2).

    ● The AO’s are split into further sections worth a set amount of marks (see below diagram). This booklet will guide you through the mark scheme for each section and identify what is expected of you.

    AO1 Identify, Investigate & Outline

    Design Possibilities

    AO2 Design & make prototypes that

    are fit for purpose

    AO3 Analyse & evaluate

    SECTION A 10 Marks

    5 HOURS

    SECTION B 10 Marks

    2 HOURS

    SECTION C 20 Marks

    6 HOURS

    SECTION D 20 Marks

    10 HOURS

    SECTION E 20 Marks

    12 HOURS

    SECTION F 20 Marks

    4 HOURS













    3 x Slides 1 x Slide 4 x Slides 5/6 x Slides 2/3 x Slides 3/4 x Slides

    The Problem Research Analysis

    Initial Ideas Development (Modelling,

    Sketching & CAD)

    Making the Prototype

    Modifications you made when


    Customer Profile Design Brief Final Design


    Record of Manufacture

    Testing against the Brief &


    Product Analysis Specification Orthographic

    Projection Testing (including using a 3rd Party)

    Plan of Manufacture,

    Working Drawing & Cutting List

    Modifications you would make

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    The Iterative Design Process

    Other Important Information

    Iterative design is a design methodology based on a cyclic process of prototyping, testing, analyzing, and refining a product. Based on the results of testing the most recent iteration of a design, changes and refinements are made.

    ● The deadline for the NEA is before Easter. This is for the whole project, including a 20 page portfolio and your manufactured prototype.

    ● Your Portfolio will be completed using a Google Classroom Slides document. Any sketches you complete will be scanned in and you will insert them into your portfolio.

    ● Your NEA must be guided by you. Your teacher cannot tell you what to write, it is down to you to interpret the mark scheme in this booklet and work independently to complete your project.

    ● Any secondary research must be acknowledged in your portfolio. If you have found any information from a website, book, etc. then you need to state where you found it.

    ● After the deadline your work will be marked by your teacher using the markscheme in this booklet. The exam board will select a number of you for moderation, where your work will be marked externally to check the accuracy of your teachers marking. You do have the right to challenge your teachers marks before they are submitted to the exam board.

  • Exploring the Contextual Challenges You have the next two pages for you to make notes and brainstorm ideas for your project before starting it. Explore all the contextual challenges and identify possible problems and solutions you could use in your project.

    The Contextual Challenges for 2020-2021 are: 1. Multifunctional living 2. Teenage lifestyle 3. Nature and the environment

    Step 1 Choose one of the contextual challenges.

    Step 2 Think of PROBLEMS related to that contextual challenge (as many as you can). Write them down as you will be making a mind map of your ideas on slide 1 of your NEA.

    Step 3 Think of POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS (products you could make) to solve the problems (again, as many as you can think of)

    Step 4 Pick one. That will be what you are going to research, design and make.

    When you look at your context it can be hard getting started on considering what design problem to solve. These tables list the ways that design can solve problems and may help in analysing the context.

  • Brainstorm pages

  • A Identifying & investigating design possibilities (10 marks)

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    ∙ Design possibilities identified and thoroughly explored, directly linked to a contextual challenge

    demonstrating excellent understanding of the problems/opportunities.

    ∙ A user/client has been clearly identified and is entirely relevant in all aspects to the contextual

    challenge and student has undertaken a comprehensive investigation of their needs and wants,

    with a clear explanation and justification of all aspects of these.

    ∙ Comprehensive investigation into the work of others that clearly informs ideas.

    ∙ Excellent design focus and full understanding of the impact on society including; economic and

    social effects.

    ∙ Extensive evidence that investigation of design possibilities has taken place throughout the

    project with excellent justification and understanding of possibilities identified.

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    ∙ Design possibilities identified and explored, linked to a contextual challenge demonstrating a

    good understanding of the problems/opportunities.

    ∙ A user/client has been identified that is mostly relevant to the contextual challenge and student

    has undertaken an investigation of their needs and wants, with a good explanation and

    justification of most aspects o