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Specification GCE Design and Technology: Product Design Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design (8RM01/8GR01) First examination 2014

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design (9RM01/9GR01) First examination 2014

Issue 3

About this specification The Edexcel GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design is designed for use in schools and colleges. It is a part of a suite of GCE qualifications offered by Edexcel.

Key features of the specification „„ Two pathways within this qualification — Resistant Materials Technology and Graphic Products. Each pathway has its own specific content. „„ This qualification emphasises two key factors — creativity and sustainability. We all want students to explore ideas of originality and value, to question and challenge, to envisage what could be, but equally we need them to achieve the results that will progress their careers. This qualification structure allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) which demonstrate their creativity and apply these to a design and make project at A2. „„ All modern designers have to consider sustainable issues when designing new products. A sign of the modern technological age in which we live is that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment. New products provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extractions and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products. „„ Good design is vital to our world and economy, it is important, therefore, that we enthuse future designers with a passion for designing their futures.

Why choose this specification? Edexcel’s GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design specification seeks to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. Product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-today lives and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their design and technology capability.

Supporting you Edexcel aims to provide the most comprehensive support for our qualifications. We have therefore published our own dedicated suite of resources for teachers and students written by qualification experts. We also endorse a wide range of materials from other publishers to give you a choice of approach. For more information on our wide range of support and services for this GCE in Design and Technology qualification, visit our GCE website: www.edexcel.com/gce2008.

Specification updates This specification is Issue 3 and is valid for examination from Summer 2014. If there are any significant changes to the specification Edexcel will write to centres to let them know. Changes will also be posted on our website. For more information please visit www.edexcel.com/ or www.edexcel.com/gce2008.

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design © Pearson Education Limited 2013 Introduction


Contents A Specification at a glance 4 B Specification overview 9 Summary of endorsements



Summary of assessment requirements


Assessment objectives and weightings


Relationship of assessment objectives to units


Qualification summary


Design and Technology: Product Design — Resistant Materials Technology (RMT) unit content 15 Course structure


Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative Skills (RMT)


Unit 2 Design and Technology in Practice (RMT)


Unit 3 Designing for the Future (RMT)


Unit 4 Commercial Desi