PART 2 -
overall aim of the assessment criteria is to enable students to show they
understand the issues of sustainability in all designing and
making activities. They should show this throughout the different elements of
their design folder.
The assessment criteria can be used by teachers for continuous assessment of studentsí
work as well as 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 2 the student must show evidence of having met the
compulsory criteria (in bold) as well as five of the other criteria. N.B. The A2 level criteria are intended to show a progression from AS,
indicating a broader and higher level of understanding of sustainability.
The first box is intended for students to record where, in their folder, they
meet the criteria. The second is intended for teachers to use to verify that the
criterion has been met.
FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES OF SUSTAINABILITY
Has shown an understanding of the need to consider whether the product
SHOULD be made at all
(e.g. has asked whether we could do without
the product, or asked why we are making it?)
When a decision to make a product has been made, has shown an understanding
that the three main dimensions of sustainability 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.)
F3. Shows an understanding that all issues of sustainability are moral
issues. (e.g. shows that a designing and making decision such as whether or
not to use a renewable source of energy is a moral judgement as well as an
INITIAL INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS
Includes a range of sources of information, including the work of other
designers, about how environmental, economic and social/cultural issues
relate to the design context (e.g. evidence of research into how product/s
may have short or long term repercussions for the environment, for
social/cultural life and for peopleís lives in the UK and other parts of the
A2. Presents an analysis of the information showing opportunities and
constraints for addressing environmental, economic and social/cultural
issues within their designing (e.g. shows there are social/cultural
implications in mass production manufacturing, potential financial costs in
Investigates the sustainability requirements of the client, discussing the
social, economic and environmental impacts of their activities in sourcing
materials, use of the product and ultimate disposal
(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 all three aspects of
sustainability at all relevant stages of a productís life cycle
(e.g. specifies that the product manufacture should use renewable energy or
material sources wherever possible, considers the employment
repercussions of the manufacturing processes, understands that waste
disposal has social implications).
The specification shows an understanding of the complexity and
inter-relatedness of design decisions, especially where sustainability is
concerned. (e.g. shows evidence of understanding that tackling a single
sustainability issue such as reducing the thickness of a material may have
implications for other environmental factors, e.g. the durability of the
product or for a social issue, e.g. may lose a cultural tradition, or have
economic results e.g. result in job losses).
Shows evidence of using sustainability design tools in evaluating relevant
criteria for developing a design solution (e.g. uses the Design Abacus, or
the Eco-design Web or Eco-indicator).
Considers the three main dimensions of sustainability in their design ideas
shows evidence of having asked questions or completed research about
environmental, economic and social/cultural issues).
Generates ideas that build towards a proposal which meets the previously
identified specification with particular reference to sustainability
(e.g. shows how a proposed solution may have maintained a social/cultural
Seeks information using the expertise of a client or SDA partner
(e.g. considers ideas that involve genuine, real-life needs).
G4. Researches products that use sustainable ideas in their design and
manufacture (e.g. shows evidence of research on website, e.g. www.stepin.org,
or from SDA references).
DEVELOPS, COMMUNICATES AND EVALUATES DESIGN PROPOSALS
Experiments with different materials and considers the potential for
reducing, reusing or recycling the materials or components chosen at all
stages of the productís life cycle (e.g. tries to ensure the least possible
quantity of material
is used in packaging, ensures that component parts can be disassembled and
re-used where possible).
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 G2/3 are incorporated into proposals).
C3. Shows an understanding that the materials, energy, equipment, 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 investigated to ensure it can be made in the locality
for which it is intended).
Shows an awareness of the three main dimensions of sustainability in
planning manufacture at an appropriate scale of production
(e.g. ensures that product components can be easily disassembled at end of
life, ensures traditional skills are not lost, ensures production methods
are safe and appropriate).
P2. Demonstrates a willingness to modify the original design, where
appropriate, to include methods that would improve an aspect of the
productís sustainability or its appropriateness for the context (e.g.
includes a method of filtering and re-using water in the manufacturing
process, takes account of the lack of electrical power in the area of
Shows 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
TESTING AND EVALUATING
Gains a thorough 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 how it can be made more sustainable.