SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARD ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
PART 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.
can use the criteria for continuous assessment of students’ 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.
In 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
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
The 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
F1. 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 making it?).
a decision to make a product has been made, has shown an understanding
that sustainability issues should be considered in
the designing and making processes (e.g. indicates concern
about environmental, social and economic issues as well as fitness for
purpose, aesthetics etc.)
INITIAL INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS
A1. 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).
the sustainability requirements of the client (e.g.
if they wish to use recycled materials where practicable).
DEVELOPING A SPECIFICATION
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
G2. 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 social/cultural
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 product’s life cycle (e.g. tries to
ensure the least possible quantity of material is used
C2. 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
P1. 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).
P2. Demonstrates a willingness to modify the original design, where
to include methods that would improve an aspect of
the product’s sustainability
(e.g. includes a method of filtering and re-using water
in the manufacturing
how sustainability decisions made earlier have
been incorporated into the manufacture of the product (e.g.
shows that the amount of waste material has been reduced to a minimum).
TESTING AND EVALUATING
objective evaluation of the finished product against the specification
(D1), including the client’s sustainability requirements
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).
a willingness to modify the manufacturing process in the light of
feedback on ways of making it more sustainable.