GCSE PRODUCT DESIGN AT LADY LUMLEY’S SCHOOL
YEAR 11 -
THE YEAR 11 COURSE
The Y11 course for the past few years in the department has been for students to create a lighting product to satisfy a design problem. This will mean that students will have to research, plan and then manufacture their lighting product, then evaluate. Some examples of past Y11 coursework are shown left:
MOVING ON UP
The lamp/lighting project will involve students both designing and manufacturing a lighting product for use in a certain environment. This could be a lamp, ceiling light, wall lamp, or other such lighting product. As shown in the photo gallery above many students have been creative with their designs in the past and the different choices of lighting components to use to have a certain desired effect, using a combination of new and traditional lighting methods.
As this is the final GCSE course for most students, the lighting product will stack up against the examination at a 60/40 percentage, meaning the coursework will make up 60% of your final grade, although this is being changed soon to 50/50. This includes designing, manufacturing and evaluating your product, all in the form of a student portfolio which determines the final coursework grade.
As students move up through the GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11, they will be expected to broaden their horizons in terms of design by using more complex equipment and manufacturing processes.
Shown right is a quick time lapse of a complex honeycomb design being cut out on the laser cutter with finger joint edging