OCR AS LEVEL ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
UNIT 2519: PRODUCT STUDY (Analysis and Development)
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 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 two
of the other criteria.
A. Product Analysis and Design
1. Analysis of chosen product
• Shows evidence of thinking about
at least one moral issue inherent
in the design and use of the product (e.g. asks whether the product
meets a genuine need, asks
whether its production involves
any toxic emissions, asks whether the production of the product
supports fair trade).
• Shows evidence of how the product may have at least one
environmental impact at any stage of its life cycle. (e.g. indicates
that a coffee maker heat plate uses unnecessary energy or that
difficulties of disassembly create problems for disposal).
• Shows evidence of having considered at least one social
repercussion of the product’s design and use (e.g. indicates
whether or not the product promotes conviviality or individual
2. Initial design of Improved Product
• Shows evidence of analysing the
product having used a simple
sustainability design process (e.g. has used a sustainability
abacus for at least one element of sustainability).
• Indicates that the re-design can improve the
sustainability of the design in at least two different ways
(e.g. shows that
the re-design will use less energy,
• Justifies at least one aspect of the re-design on a sustainability
basis (e.g. decides to take forward at least one way of improving
the sustainability of the product when modelling and testing).
B. Product Development, Modelling
• Shows an understanding that sustainability issues
may be a constraint on the design proposal (e.g. shows why renewable
energy sources are not available
and non-renewable sources have
to be used).
• Makes an experimental model that tests the re-design
in at least one area of sustainability (e.g. tests whether or
not recycled plastic can be as strong as new plastic in the product).
• Completes an evaluation showing how the re-designed
model is an improvement on the initial design in at least one
sustainability (e.g. shows how
the re-designed model has less of an environmental impact than
• Shows how the re-designed model could be improved further
to make it even more sustainable. (e.g. indicates that because
of available energy sources, only non-renewable energy is currently
used in manufacture, but shows understanding that use of wind
or solar generated energy will be an improvement).