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Design Technology

The design technology department consists of 5 members of teaching staff with a wealth of expert skills and experience in a range of technology areas. Our workshop is kitted out with extensive machinery and equipment as well as housing a top of the range laser cutting machine. We also have two kitchens, a large textiles room and a large multifunctional room complete with computers which have the latest CAD software installed.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 2

Aims of the course:

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

During years 7 and 8 students will work on a carousel on a termly basis so they can gain experience in all specialisms (Textiles, Product Design and Food). During their projects students will research, design, make and evaluate a range of products and develop a range of skills in their specialism which they can apply in industry or adulthood.

Term by term content:

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Pillow constructions. Learning basic sewing techniques and use of sewing machine.

Pupils will design and make a Bag for Life. They will develop a range of sewing techniques and skills.

Term 3

Term 4

Structures. Pupils will work in groups to design and build and strong bridge structure which will be testing to destruction.

Photo frames. Pupils will design and make a personalized photo frame using a range of hand tools and materials.

Term 5

Term 6

Food. Pupils will work on a 'Make it, Bake it' project through which they will develop understanding of sweet baked products.

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Students will be creating puppets whilst learning about detailed decoration techniques.

Students will learn about garment construction whilst creating a phone case. Students will gain understating in lining and more complex use of the sewing machine.

Term 3

Term 4

Jitterbugs. Pupils will develop their knowledge of electronics and plastics forming process through the production of a Jitterbug.

Trinket box. Pupils will design and make a trinket box based on the Art Deco era developing their skills in wood and plastics work.

Term 5

Term 6

Food. Pupils will develop a range of skills working with mince-meat based products i.e. Lasagne, Spaghetti Bolognese and Shepherd pie.

Food. Pupils will develop a range of skills working on a design and make project influenced from previous learning.

Opportunities for further study:

Pupils will have the option of choosing to take a GCSE in year 9 in Textiles Technology. In year 10 pupils can chose to study the following GCSE's:

  • Food Technology
  • Product Design

Website links for resources:

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Course: Textiles - GCSE

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 4570

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 3

Aims of the course:

This specification in Design and Technology: Textiles Technology encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering.

GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles Technology helps students develop their creativity.

This two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to make textile products, a vital feature of candidates' experience of taking this specification.

Entry Requirements:

Entry for this course requires students to have achieved a Level 5 or higher at Key Stage 3 Design Technology: Textiles and a minimum Level 5 in Key Stage 3 English. Students will be nominated and selected via the Head of Learning following student and parental conversations.

Course Structure:

This course is taught over 2 consecutive years in either years 9 and 10 or in years 10 and 11. There are two units to the course; a written unit which takes the form of an exam at the end of the second year and a controlled assessment unit which is completed over the second of the two years.

Unit 1

Unit 2

Written Paper

Design and Making Practice

Assessment & Examinations:

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* - G

Unit 1 - Written Paper (45551)

40% of total marks

2 hours

120 marks

  • Candidates answer all questions in two sections.
  • Pre-release material issued

PLUS

Unit 2 - Design and Making Practice (45552)

60% of total marks

Approximately 45 hours

90 marks

Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks

Unit 1 is taken at the end of the second year of the course.
Unit 2 is completed throughout the second year of the course.

Please see the following link for the specification which gives further details of the grading boundaries for the controlled assessment unit: AQA-4570-W-SP-14.PDF

Please see the following link for past papers and mark schemes: Papers and Mark Schemes

Term by term content:

Above is a link to the exam board specification for this course which gives a detailed breakdown of all the modules covered in both Unit 1 and Unit 2.

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1  

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 2  

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 3  

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 4  

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 5

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Unit 1 Exam Preparation

Term 6

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Unit 1 Exam Preparation

Opportunities for further study:

Successfully completing this course at Grade 'C' or higher will allow students the opportunity to study Textiles at AS/A Level at the sixth form.

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/books:

Name: GCSE Design & Technology Textiles AQA Revision Guide
Retail Price: £5.95
ISBN Number: 978 1 84762 351 5
Weblink to purchase: CGP Books

 

Course: Product Design - GCSE

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 4555

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 3

Aims of the course:

This specification in Design and Technology: Product Design encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. It prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

Packaging, labeling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising. Points of sale can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

Entry Requirements:

Entry for this course requires students to have achieved a Level 5 or higher at Key Stage 3 Design Technology: Product Design and a minimum Level 5 in Key Stage 3 English. Students will be nominated and selected via the Head of Learning following student and parental conversations.

Course Structure:

This course is taught over 2 consecutive years in either years 9 and 10 or in years 10 and 11. There are two units to the course; a written unit which takes the form of an exam at the end of the second year and a controlled assessment unit which is completed over the second of the two years.

Unit 1

Unit 2

Written Paper

Design and Making Practice

Assessment & Examinations:

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* - G

Unit 1 - Written Paper (45551)

40% of total marks

2 hours

120 marks

  • Candidates answer all questions in two sections.
  • Pre-release material issued

PLUS

Unit 2 - Design and Making Practice (45552)

60% of total marks

Approximately 45 hours

90 marks

Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks

Unit 1 is taken at the end of the second year of the course.
Unit 2 is completed throughout the second year of the course.

Please see the following link for the specification which gives further details of the grading boundaries for the controlled assessment unit: AQA-4555-W-SP-14

Please see the following link for past papers and mark schemes: Past Papers and Mark Schemes

Term by term content:

Above is a link to the exam board specification for this course which gives a detailed breakdown of all the modules covered in both Unit 1 and Unit 2.

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1
  • The design process
  • Design Movements
  • Iconic Design
  • Product Evolution

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 2

Mini Design and Make Project

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 3

Mini Design and Make Project

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 4

Mini Design and Make Project

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 5

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Unit 1 Exam Preparation

Term 6

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Unit 1 Exam Preparation

Opportunities for further study:

Successfully completing this course at Grade 'C' or higher will allow students the opportunity to study Product Design at AS/A Level at the sixth form.

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/books:

Name: GCSE Design & Technology Product Design AQA Revision Guide
Retail Price: £5.95
ISBN Number: 978 1 84762 354 6
Weblink to purchase: CGP Books

 

Course: Food - GCSE

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 4545

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 3

Aims of the course:

GCSE specifications in design and technology should encourage learners to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering.

GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology helps students develop their creativity, with making of food products a vital feature of their experience of taking this specification.

This two unit specification requires students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

Entry Requirements:

Entry for this course requires students to have achieved a Level 5 or higher at Key Stage 3 Design Technology: Food Technology and a minimum Level 5 in Key Stage 3 English. Students will be nominated and selected via the Head of Learning following student and parental conversations.

Course Structure:

This course is taught over 2 consecutive years in either years 9 and 10 or in years 10 and 11. There are two units to the course; a written unit which takes the form of an exam at the end of the second year and a controlled assessment unit which is completed over the second of the two years.

Unit 1

Unit 2

Written Paper

Design and Making Practice

Assessment & Examinations:

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* - G

Unit 1 - Written Paper (45451)

40% of total marks

2 hours

120 marks

  • Candidates answer all questions in two sections.
  • Pre-release material issued

PLUS

Unit 2 - Design and Making Practice (45452)

60% of total marks

Approximately 45 hours

90 marks

Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks

Unit 1 is taken at the end of the second year of the course.
Unit 2 is completed throughout the second year of the course.

Please see the following link for the specification which gives further details of the grading boundaries for the controlled assessment unit: AQA-4545-W-SP-14.PDF

Please see the following link for past papers and mark schemes: Past Papers And Mark Schemes

Term by term content:

Above is a link to the exam board specification for this course which gives a detailed breakdown of all the modules covered in both Unit 1 and Unit 2.

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1  

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 2  

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 3  

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 4  

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Term 5

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Unit 1 Exam Preparation

Term 6

Controlled assessment Unit 2

Unit 1 Exam Preparation

Opportunities for further study:

Successfully completing this course at Grade 'C' or higher will allow students the opportunity to study Food Technology at AS/A Level at the sixth form.

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/books:

Name: GCSE Design & Technology Food Technology AQA Revision Guide
Retail Price: £5.95
ISBN Number: 978 1 84762 358 4
Weblink to purchase: CGP Books