Smart Product Design and Manufacture – Year 11
Description of the course.
The purpose of the course is to provide pupils with practical technical knowledge, understanding and skills in designing and manufacturing products using contemporary technologies. SPDM integrates 3D printing, CAD/CAM, coding and micro-controllers, and is the modern successor to GCSE Product Design, Engineering and Systems and Control.
Anyone that wants to learn how to design and manufacture products in a contemporary technology setting. This qualification will provide a basis for higher level qualifications in engineering and manufacture and is especially designed to include practical skills appropriate for hobbies and enjoyment as well as understanding design and manufacture as a basis for higher level study. For future engineers this qualification combines well with physics, computing, art and mathematics in providing the basis for progression to professional level study. For others it provides an insight into how contemporary designs and products come to market.
How you will learn?
You will get practical technical knowledge and understanding. You will do research and have critical discussions. You will learn hand and computer skills in designing. You will learn to use the laser cutter and 3D printer. You will solder electronic circuits and learn to control them by programming an Arduino board.
Every student will take ownership of their own project and will be expected to be resourceful and dedicated towards their own success. Homework will be set to support and develop their class learning.
How the course will be assessed?
The course is made up of 3 coursework units and an examination. This exam, however, can only be attempted after the coursework has been successfully completed. The exam results together with the coursework outcome then determines the level of the final grade.
Unit 1 - PRODUCT DESIGN AND VISUALISATION: Students create designs for products, make physical mock-ups to evaluate their designs and conclude with producing laser cut or 3D printed physical models. You will have to present your product.
Unit 2 - PRODUCT MANUFACTURE: This unit focuses on design for production. Students are taught to consider aspects of production including assemblies, quality control, and the use of Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) to produce high quality parts. You will have to present your product.
Unit 3 - SMART ELECTRONICS: Electronic components and programming is the core of this unit. Interaction or movement can be added to models created in the first unit. Students are taught how to code for such things as flashing lights, buzzing sounds and simple movements.
Engineering – BTEC Nationals
Extended Certificate (360 GLH) - Edexcel
Career Opportunities and Pathways
This course will open up opportunities for you to take up Design, Technical and/or Scientific studies at a University. You may be able to enter the world of work in the local Engineering sector, or enroll in an apprenticeship scheme whilst working for an engineering company.
The engineering sector continues to suffer from a skills gap and needs to keep up with rapidly developing technologies.
The BTEC Nationals in Engineering will give new entrants to the engineering sector the underpinning knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of modern engineering industries.
This course has been devised as a broad basis of study for the engineering sector. Due to the size of the qualification we do not specialise in a certain field of engineering but rather offer you a course that will support other studies in preparation for university or build a solid foundation for further technical studies at level 4 or for an apprenticeship.
Much of the work will be research and discussion, calculation and investigation. You will learn drawing skills, both by hand and using CAD and then you will use CNC machines. You will learn about Health and Safety regulations and understand the application of mechanical systems in Engineering. You will develop your mathematics skills and learn to understand and apply Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Principles. This is not a practical course, though learning will be supported by practical activities. We aim to collaborate with local industry and to participate in national challenges.
This course is ideally taken by students who will also take Mathematics and a Science subject.
How will this course be assessed?
You will pass this course when you have gained sufficient credits. There are 4 units of study, 3 mandatory and 1 optional. Each unit will give you a number of credits depending on your level of completion (Pass, Merit or Distinction). For 2017, we have chosen unit 10 as our optional unit. This may change to match the interests, prior knowledge and ability of the students taking the subject.
There are 4 units of study and each must be successfully completed. They are assessed differently.
1. Engineering Principles (120 GLH) - Written Exam: set and marked by the exam board.
2. Delivery of Engineering Process Safely as a Team (60 GLH) - Assignment: set and marked by school.
3. Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (120 GLH)- Task: set and marked by the exam board.
4. Computer Aided Design in Engineering (60GLH) - Assignment: set and marked by school.