Year 10 is split into two sections; the first 2 terms are designed to give you knowledge and skills and term 3 is for starting the coursework (exam) project.
Year 11 is for the exam with the first term for completing the coursework project and the remaining time for finishing extra coursework following initial marking and for preparing for the written 2 hour exam.
The coursework project is split into a design portfolio and a manufacturing section. These together equate to 60% of your overall GCSE grade. The remaining 40% is from the written exam.
The coursework can be almost anything you like, but, you must be aware that you may be asked for a financial contribution if the size and material costs exceed £5.00.
Templates to assist you with your portfolio can be found in two places; The downloads page and at the old website www.classjump.com/rmfchs. These do not have to be used but do form a good starting point.
To keep your work together and in good condition you will need to purchase an A3 size portfolio case. These are available in amny different styles and at anything from £1.50 to almost as high as you want! We can order cases in specially for pupils and these will cost in the region of £1.00 to £1.50 depending on how many we need to order. This is a compulsory item.
The exam board is AQA and the syllabus is available on the AQA website at:
current year 11 pupils http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/pdf/AQA-3545-3555-W-SP-10.PDF
new year 10 pupils http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA-4560-W-SP-10.PDF
Revision checklist. Note the theme mentioned is for the Summer 2009 examination otherwise this is the same for all years. The theme for the 2010 exam will be released around February 2010.
There are many books available for purchase which cane help with both the coursework and revising for your exam. Here are some links to some that we recommend. Note, these books are not compulsory but experience shows pupils using these books often boost their grades by one or two grades.
Letts/Lonsdale produce 3 linked books, the first is a revision guide the second a workbook and the third answers to the workbook. If you can only get 1 get the revision guide. This set is the one most recommended.
CGP click here
Whilst the department budget does not allow us to supply copies to all pupils as standard, we can obtain a substantial discount with bulk purchases. If sufficient pupils wish to puchase copies via the school this can be arranged.
CGP price to the school: £5.00.
Letts/Lonsdale prices to the school: revision guide £4.99, workbook £4.99 Answers booklet £1.99. See Mr Moore to order (subject to sufficient pupils wishing to order, payment upon placing order, cheques made payable to the school. We do not make any profit from the sale of books, prices can be checked in the schools section of the company websites.
Whilst we are not offering a Graphics option at GCSE there are many techniques used in graphics which are very suitable for designing in Resistant Materials. These will obviously be taught further in lessons but technology student.com has an excellent graphics section showing many techniques that are extremely useful. To access these click here.
You will undertake a project in which you will research, design, make and test a new product. You should spens about 40 hours of lesson time (taking out setting up and packing away time plus whole class advice sessions, this equates to about 70 lessons or about 40 weeks (hence the Easter of year 10 start).
The coursework will consist of a detailed but concise design portfolio (folder) which will include sections looking at :
You will need to plan your work and work out how long you will spend on each section.
An account or suggestion at making your product commercially.
The manufacturing you will carry out will be the prototype stage as yours is the first hand made version of the product.
Overall this project will equate to 60% of your overall GCSE grade. It will be marked by your teacher and assessed by a moderator from the exam board who can change the grades up or down if he/she thinks your teachers marks are incorrect.
The design portfolio should show everything you do, every thought and every decision along with the reasons. Your teacher will see these as you go but the moderator will not and you must convince the moderator that you deserve as many marks possible. Its really a bit like jumping through hoops; you have to go through all the hoops to get all the marks. The portfolio should ideally have a style of presentation and the best pupils will develop a style of their own. However, looking at a blank page is daunting so to help you start there are some templates for the main pages available. These have been created by Mr Moore and can be customised or used as is if you want. You do not have to use these templates and the better pupils will develop some or all of their own. ABout 20 to 30 mpages is what the exam board are looking for but there is no specific number required. The templates can be accessed here in the downloads and resources section.
You should take photographs of all development model making and the manufacture of the final prototype at key stages to show how you have progressed. These should be added to the portfolio in the manufacturing section with at least a title, better still a description of what is seen in the photograph.
Drawing is important and you should develop good 2D and 3D drawing skills. Colour added to the drawings adds detail and can show possible materials you are thinking of using. Practice drawing and rendering (colouring) to get the best effects possible.
CAD/CAM will get you extra marks and this should be used wherever appropriate. 2D Design, Pro Desktop, Pro Engineer are all good CAD packages that can be used with CNC machines such as the laser cutter, microrouter etc.
Other ICT use will also get you some extra marks. Use word, excel, publisher, for presentation of your work. Focus software will help with specialist research and Focus RM2 will help with materials information and the production of a parts/cutting list with costs.
Those starting GCSE as of September 2009 will be able to use more ICT as the exam board now allow work to be submitted on media other than paper. This means Those being examined from 2011 onwards can submit work in powerpoint, video, and lots of other different formats.
It must be pointed out that new GCSE candidates starting in September 2009, all coursework for submitting to the exam board MUST be completed in the classroom under direct teacher supervision. Your teacher will not be able to offer direct assistance with any submitted work and can only comment in a general way. No longer can your teacher give advice or help such as include this on this sheet and you will boost your marks. All practice must be carried out on work not for subission so make the most of this stage of the course in order to develop all of your skills.
For information on materials you may need click here.
NOTE: New for year 10 2010 to 2012: your work will be entered as an electronic portfolio and will be collated in Powerpoint. Hand sketches will be scanned in to the electronic portfolio.
Download for project portfolio outline click here