1 - ADVANCED SUBSIDIARY LEVEL
The overall aim of the assessment criteria is to enable students to show an
understanding that there are issues of sustainability in all designing and
making activities. They should show this throughout the different elements of
their design folder.
Teachers can use the criteria for continuous assessment of studentsí work. They
also provide a checklist for students. However, it must be remembered that
sustainability issues are only ONE part of exam board criteria and that those
criteria offer students far more opportunity for scoring marks.
order to receive an SDA Part 1 the student must show evidence of having met the
compulsory criteria (in bold) as well as three of the other criteria.
N.B. The AS level criteria are intended to show a progression to A2, where a
broader and higher level of understanding of sustainability is expected.
first box is intended for students to record where, in their folder, they meet
the criteria. The second is intended for teachers to verify that the criterion
has been met.
FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES OF SUSTAINABILITY
Has shown an understanding of the need to consider whether the product needs
to be made at all
(e.g. has asked whether we could do without the product, or asked why we are
When a decision to make a product has been made, has shown an understanding
that sustainability issues should be considered in the designing and making
(e.g. indicates concern about environmental,
social and economic issues as well as fitness for purpose, aesthetics etc.)
INITIAL INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS
Includes at least one source of information about how environmental,
economic and social/cultural issues relate to the design context (e.g.
evidence of research into product/s that minimise environmental impact).
A2. Presents an analysis of the information on at least one of the
environmental, economic or social/cultural issues (e.g. shows there are
economic implications in mass production manufacturing).
Investigates the sustainability requirements of the client
(e.g. asks client if they wish to use recycled materials where practicable).
DEVELOPING A SPECIFICATION
Develops a specification/brief that includes relevant criteria for the
development of a design solution that addresses at least one aspect of
sustainability (e.g. specifies that the product manufacture should use
renewable energy or material sources wherever possible).
G1. Considers at least two aspects of sustainability in their design ideas
(e.g. shows evidence of having asked questions or completed research about
environmental, economic or social/cultural issues).
Generates ideas that build towards a proposal that meets the previously
identified specification with particular reference to sustainability
(e.g. shows how a proposed solution may have maintained a
DEVELOPS, COMMUNICATES AND EVALUATES DESIGN PROPOSALS
Experiments with different materials and considers the potential for
reducing, re-using or recycling the materials or components chosen in at
least one stage of the productís life cycle (e.g. tries to ensure the least
possible quantity of material is used in packaging).
Provides evidence of objective evaluation that the sustainability ideas
generated , including the requirements of the client, have been incorporated
into design proposals
(i.e. show that ideas generated in G2 are incorporated into proposals.
C3. Shows an understanding that the skills and techniques needed in product
manufacture are appropriate to the context for which it is intended. (e.g.
gives evidence that local skills and equipment available have been
ensure it can be made in the locality for which it is intended).
Shows an awareness of at least one sustainability issue in planning
manufacture at an appropriate scale of production
(e.g. ensures that product components can be easily disassembled at
end of life cycle or that materials chosen are non-toxic or renewable).
Demonstrates a willingness to modify the original design, where appropriate,
to include methods that would improve an aspect of the productís
(e.g. includes a method of filtering and re-using water in the manufacturing
Shows how sustainability decisions made earlier have been incorporated into
the manufacture of the product
shows that the amount of waste material has been reduced to a minimum).
TESTING AND EVALUATING
Gains objective evaluation of the finished product against the specification
(D1), including the clientís sustainability requirements
(e.g. gives clear evidence of comparing the product against the
specification and of having sought feedback from the client or an SDA
partner, or others with sustainability expertise).
T2. Shows a willingness to modify the manufacturing process in the light of
feedback on ways of making it more sustainable.