Evaluation techniques

Why product evaluation is important to ongoing product development, the role of end-users others play, identify ways in which products can be tested and evaluated, test outcomes against original specification, produce summative evaluation of their final outcomes against specification.

Health and Safety Issues

Recognise hazards, understand risk assessment and take steps to control risks to themselves and others, legislation, symbols and signs relating to quality assurance endorsed by recognised authorities.

Systems and control procedures

Identify input, process, output and feedback, draw up a logical order of work and know how this changes with scales of production.

Industrial Practices

Understand how methods of productions change from single to multiple production.  Demonstrate a sequence of tasks  that show where decisions are made, understand the importance of scale models and prototypes, understand why quality control checks are made.




Healthy and Safety

Manage their own environment to ensure health and safety of themselves and others.

Systems and control procedures

Produce a flow chart of a manufacturing system.

CA – Assessment

Making – Final outcome(s) shows a high level of making/modelling/finishing skills and accuracy

Selected and used appropriate tools, materials and/or technologies including, where appropriate, CAM correctly, skilfully and safely

Worked independently to produce a rigorous and demanding outcome

Quality controls are evident throughout the project and it is clear how accuracy has been achieved.

The outcome has the potential to be commercially viable and is suitable for the target market

Evaluating –  Detailed testing and evaluation as appropriate throughout the designing and making process taking account of client/user or third party opinion

All aspects of the final outcome have been tested against the design criteria and/or the product/manufacturing specification
Evaluate and justify the need for modifications to the product and consideration given as to how the outcome might need to be modified for commercial production





Paper – sizes, units, measurements, thicknesses, working characteristics, properties, composites.

Thermoplastics – HIPs, PVC, Polypropylene, acetate

Sheet and Block modelling – Foam core board, corrugated plastic, expanded polystyrene (styrofoam), machining foams.

Spiral wound tubes

Know how to apply a quality finish to modelling materials including fillers and finishing with acrylic and water based paints.

Functions, uses and applications of ‘smart’/modern materials, i.e Precious Metal Clays (PMC) used in jewellery manufacture, corn starch polymers, , paper foam and potatopak, thermochromic pigments used for thermal warning patches.


PVA, epoxy resin, spray glue/hot glue, cements, tape, adhesive plastic film.

Information drawings

Representing data, language of labels and signage, corporate identity, ideograms, pictograms, symbols, flowcharts with feedback loops, sequential illustrations, produce schematic maps.



Make judgements on materials

cost , flexibility, finish, rigidity, strength, quality, weight, environmental and sustainable issues.

Link materials to real world issues.
Discriminate against materials for specific uses.





Exam prep

How to answer extended questions.
Work on pre-release material.  Released March



Exam Technique
Gaps in knowledge – personalised revision