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Design & Technology

Design and Technology opens the door to a wide range of careers in the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. It is also excellent preparation for careers in many other fields e.g. product design, computer aided design and interior/furniture/fashion design. Whatever career you choose, the knowledge and skills you learn, particularly those concerned with rapidly developing technologies, will be extremely valuable. You will also develop skills, such as teamwork and time management which are highly prized by employers.

Students will opt to specialise in either Design and Technology Resistant Materials or Textiles, Engineering, Child Development and Food Preparation and Nutrition.

The Design and Technology department is led by Mrs E Bevan (Director of Learning) and she is supported by a Miss R Brame (Deputy Director of Learning for Design and Technology), Mrs D Shaw (Deputy Director of Learning for Food and Child Development) and Mrs S Kilner (Deputy Director of Learning for Textiles). Alongside this, we also have four specialist teachers in a range of disciplines and two technology technicians.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 and 8 receive four 60 minute lessons per fortnight and students in Year 9 receive three 60 minute lessons per fortnight. Students are rotated through different disciplines of Food Technology, Design Engineering, Materials Technology, C.A.D and Textiles Technology. Practical experience is of a high priority in all aspects and students are encouraged to design and make high quality products.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Design and Technology (Resistant Materials or Textiles)

Non-examined assessment

50% of the qualification- 100 marks

For the coursework element students will work to a design brief. They will investigate the needs of a client; produce a range of design ideas; manufacture a quality prototype and evaluate their work.

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification - 100 marks.

As well as knowledge of a specific material area, all students will cover the core content in:

  • The impact of new and emerging technologies.
  • Ethics and the environment.
  • Generation of energy.
  • Smart and technical materials.
  • Mechanical devices and movement.
  • Electronic systems.
  • Programmable components.
  • The categorisation of metals, woods, polymers, textiles and paper/boards.
  • The design and make process.
  • The work of past and present designers.
  • Mathematics.
  • Drawing techniques.

 

BTEC Engineering

The subject has changed over the last year and students are now expected to study three units; two of these are internally assessed and one is examined externally. The units we are intending to deliver are:

Unit 1 - The Engineered World - this unit is externally assessed (25%)

Unit 2 - Investigating an Engineered Product – this unit is internally assessed (25%)

Unit 7 - Machining Techniques – this unit is internally assessed (50%)

 

Child Development

The scheme of assessment consists of three components:

Written examination:

50% exam.

‘Health and well-being for child development’ 

Non-examined assessment

50% non-exam assessment broken down into two sections

  • Section 1: Internally assessed unit ‘Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years ‘ ( 25%)
  • Section 2: Internally assessed unit ‘Understand the development of a child from birth to five years’ (25%)

 

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Non-examined assessment

50% non-exam assessment broken down into two sections

  • Section 1: Food investigation assessment (15%)

Students write a 1,500 to 2,000 word report. We’ll confirm the investigation topic on 1 September of the academic year in which it is submitted.

  • Section 2: Food preparation assessment (35%)

Students will plan, prepare, cook and present a three course menu within 3 hours.

Written examination:

50% exam.
Question paper split into two sections.

  • Section A: Multiple choice questions (20 marks)
  • Section B: contains five questions (80 marks)

The exam will be 1 hr 45 minutes with a total of 100 marks.

 

Click here to see our KS4 Curriculum Plan for Engineering

Click here to see our KS4 Curriculum Plan for Food and Nutrition

Click here to see our KS4 Curriculum Plan for Design and Technology

Click here to see our KS4 Curriculum Plan for Child Development

 

Extended Curriculum

After School Clubs

Design and Technology hold an afterschool club once a week called ‘Young Designers’. Currently, the students are working on a project whereby they are designing and manufacturing a chair/stool for a child. They are making their chair/stool frame from various timbers and upholstering them in handmade textiles.

The afterschool club is open to KS3.

Revision and Support

The Department organises catch-up, intervention and revision classes throughout the year for students studying Design and Technology.

KS4 Achieve Sessions — Tuesday and Thursday 2.45-3.45pm

Revision Guides

Each subject has a different range of revision guides available for KS4.

BTEC Engineering have a revision guide created in house that is downloadable here.
/docs/Technology/Technology_-_KS3_Curriculum_Plan.pdf

OCR Child Development revision guides are available to purchase from http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Product?Product=9781471899683

Edexcel Design and Technology revision guides are currently not available to purchase at this time.

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition revision guides are available to purchase from school at a discount rate at the start of the academic year for £4.05. If not, they can be purchased online for £10.99.

Useful Links

http://www.technologystudent.com/

https://www.gcsepod.com/