Design Technology

The design technology department is a well equipped department. There are six teaching rooms which include:

  • Two workshops, fully equipped with a range of machine and hand tools for completing working in Electronics, Engineering and Product Design, one workshop is equipped with an interactive projector.
  • A food room which is split into a teaching room including 6 PC's and an interactive projector and a food practical room, equipped with a range of gas and electric cookers, fridges and freezers and a blast chiller.
  • A textiles room equipped with both manual and CNC sewing machines including a Brother 6 spool CNC embroidery machine and 10 PC's and an interactive whiteboard.
  • A graphics media room equipped with 18 PC's, an interactive whiteboard and a CAD/CAM plotter cutter machine.
  • An ICT suite with 30 PC's and an interactive projector.
  • The department also has a CAD/CAM room equipped with a laser cutter, CNC router, milling machine and lathe, laser image transfer equipment and a 3D printer.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 technology groups are taught in sets. At the start of Year 7 the groups will be grouped using attainment data from the primary schools and may be subject to change following early assessment of work. Students have the opportunity to move up/down at the end of the year.
Throughout KS3 students will complete a range of design and make projects and focused design and practical tasks. The emphasis of Technology is problem solving through creative solutions. During each year students will have the opportunity to work in the following material areas:

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  Food Textiles Product Design Systems/Electronics
Year 7 Introduction of basic culinary skills through making a fruit salad, cup cakes, and flapjack Monster Dolls - design and make a monster doll CAD/CAM resistant materials project to design and make a book end PICAXE Microcontroller based Night Light project
Working with the BBC Micro Bit
Year 8 Bread, scones, and pizzas Pop-art mobile phone cover project CAD/CAM trophy design project
Metal work - decorative key ring project
Structures and mechanisms
Year 9 Range of healthy meal options Contemporary themed cushion project Lighting project - design and make a themed piece of low voltage LED lighting
Graphics - CD-DVD cover design task
 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Electronic Products

What does the course involve?

Students are expected to produce an individual design folder and a functioning electronic prototype for their coursework. In electronics you will focus on using existing electronics building blocks and you will combine them to make fun and exciting products – that work!
The course involves practical application of maths and science theory along with studying the design process and product analysis to discover how products function.

How is it assessed?

The course is divided into:
40% written paper in the format of an examination based around a pre-release context.
60% Controlled Assessment, completed in school under the supervision of the teacher

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AQA

GCSE Graphic Products

What does the course involve?

Students will design and make graphic products with creativity and originality using a range of materials and techniques. Design proposals will include packaging, labelling, instructions and point of sales displays etc. There is a focus on developing commercially viable solutions to meet a range of needs, whilst focusing on the need to develop a sustainable society.

How is it assessed?

The course is divided into:
40% written paper in the format of an examination based around a pre-release context.
60% Controlled Assessment, completed in school under the supervision of the teacher.

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AQA

NCFE VCERT Level 2 - Food and Cookery

What does the course involve?

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in food and cookery. It will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.

Units covered:
Unit 01 - Preparing to cook
Unit 02 - Understanding food
Unit 03 - Exploring balanced diets
Unit 04 - Plan and produce dishes in response to a brief

How is the course assessed?

Units 01, 02 and 04 are all internally assessed by the teacher through a portfolio of evidence, this is then moderated by NCFE.

Unit 03 is externally assessed via an exam paper.

NCFE VCERT Level 2 - Engineering Studies

What does the course involve?

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in engineering. It will provide learners with experience of using different tools and materials to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of what engineering may involve.

This qualification is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding in engineering and apply that knowledge through a project.

Units covered:
Unit 01 - Introduction to engineering
Unit 02 - Introduction to engineering drawing
Unit 03 - Tools and equipment for engineering
Unit 04 - Engineering materials and their properties

How is the course assessed?

Units 01, 02 and 04 are all internally assessed by the teacher through a portfolio of evidence, this is then moderated by NCFE.

Unit 02 is externally assessed via an exam paper.

GCSE Hospitality - Year 11 only

What does the course involve?

You will be involved in developing your food preparation skills and the production of food that meets differing individual needs, is suitable for different situations/occasions and reflects current dietary trends, these catering skills will help you in the planning and cooking of a range of different menus for different situations.

How is it assessed?

The course is divided into:
40% written paper in the format of an external examination.
60% controlled assessment in the form of a Hospitality Event.

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WJEC

GCSE Textiles

What does the course involve?

Students will design and make textile products with creativity and originality using a range of materials and techniques. Design proposals will include garments, soft furnishings and decorative items. There is a focus on developing commercially viable solutions to meet a range of needs, whilst focusing on the need to develop a sustainable society.

How is it assessed?

The course is divided into:
40% written paper in the format of an examination based around a pre-release context.
60% Controlled Assessment, completed in school under the supervision of the teacher.

Exam board

AQA

GCSE Engineering - Year 11 only

What does the course involve?

Students will design and make engineered products using a range of mechanical and electronic processes. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in engineering design and manufacturing, including working with CAD/CAM processes. They will also study the wider engineering world, including the materials and processes involved in manufacturing engineered products.

How is it assessed?

The course is divided into:
40% written paper in the format of an examination based around a pre-release context.
60% Controlled Assessment, Part one – designing and engineered product, Part two – making an engineered product. Controlled assessment is completed in school under the supervision of the teacher.

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AQA

 


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