Nicola Mutch Head of Faculty Design St Edwards College Team Leader for Graphic Products @ AQA Coursework Advisor Graphic Products @ AQA Grade Analysis A break down of the marks awarded for each unit of the DT subjects taught at GCSE. It should be noted that these marks are not static and are subject to change on an annual basis Key Coursework Issues - Summer 2013 Pointless Moodboards – must be annotated Lack of relevant research – it must specific to Controlled Assessment Tasks, not just page fillers Lack of analytical research – research that is used must be analyzed thoroughly and be relevant to the Controlled Assessment Task Specifications Lack of creativity regarding development of ideas and limited use of different media Testing and Modifications – not being recorded Evaluating against original specification Final photographic evidence Moodboards that are simply pages of collated ideas, no matter how relevant to the Controlled Assessment Task will not receive any credit in the marking of Criterion 1. Moodboards must show a degree of analysis that is appropriate to the Controlled Assessment Task in order for it to receive credit under Criterion 1. Relevant information in relation to the Milano's Pizza project for the CA in Graphic Products has been collated and analysed analytically. A range of existing products collected for the CA for Products Design were the candidate was asked to design and manufacture an item based on the 20th Century Design Movements. Although relevant to her light, with Criterion 1 only being worth 8 marks they really should have been more analytical and relevant to the actual task. Design Ideas Design Ideas need to be imaginative and innovative and in line with the CA design task........ Development of Ideas ....with clear development shown using a range of media if available. Development .....development using a range of media including photographic evidence. Planning of Manufacture Planning and recording of manufacture is really important and must be recorded to gain marks for it in Criterion 3. Testing and Modifications A good example of testing and modifications being shown and recorded. This is a final evaluation against the original specification. This is something that was missed in many portfolios in the summer and marks from Criterion 4 lost. Good photographic evidence In Criterion 4 is vitally important, but it must be Supported by comprehensive evaluation. Good clear photographic evidence highlighting all aspects of the project. Good examples of well photographed and presented work in Controlled Assessments submitted by candidates.