If it is not possible to complete the Product Realisation stage for the component, the candidate should try to produce a prototype or model of the product they were planning to make. If it is not possible to produce a model or prototype, the candidate should be able to complete all other aspects of the project. You should send photos of each candidate’s prototype only, rather than the actual prototype, when you submit the candidate’s work. Each candidate should, as part of their portfolio, make sure they show detailed designs and photos of them making the prototype, annotating their work. Although it may not be possible to test the actual product, each candidate should consider any findings through the production of their model or prototype that could lead them to propose further modifications, suggest alternative materials, or identify strengths and weaknesses. In their evaluation, each candidate should mention points of reflection/issues arising and how they would propose solutions to these issues. They can refer back to their initial specification or designs.
When marking the work and preparing paperwork to send to us, please give a mark for the parts of the project the candidate has completed. Give a mark of 0 for the parts of the project they have not completed. We will determine the candidate’s mark for these sections during external moderation.
Candidates should make full use of the materials available to them when developing and creating their product. This includes materials they may have at home or outside of the centre, such as textiles. However, it must be possible to assess the outcome using the coursework assessment criteria in the syllabus.
Candidates should still be able to identify a need or opportunity with an analysis leading to a design brief. If relevant, candidates can identify a need or opportunity based on the current situation. If a candidate cannot access the resources they need to do their research, you can provide them with research materials to choose from.