Design & Technology

Food

WHY STUDY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: FOOD?

Students studying food will have the opportunity to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests.

There will be the opportunity to analyse and evaluate situations, design and make products and then appraise them.

Students will carry out activities related to industrial practices and the application of systems and control when designing and making products.
A knowledge of nutritional needs and food choices, hygiene and safe working practices are developed throughout the course.

WHAT DOES DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: FOOD INVOLVE?

In Year 10 student's complete a variety of tasks in preparation for Year 11.

In Year 11 student's complete their coursework which includes practical tasks and experiments.

HOW WILL i BE ASSESSED?

Coursework

Designing 30%
Making 30%

60%
Terminal Examination

 

Single Tier (2 hrs)

 

40%

Note: Students are expected to provide all the ingredients for practical tasks. (Ingredients are required at least once a week through this course).

For further details of this course see Miss Eaves or Mr Wildon


Graphic Products

WHY STUDY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: GRAPHIC PRODUCTS?

Although the course develops capability in designing and making, its emphasis is on the presentation of design both in two dimensions and through modelling in three dimensions with lightweight and easily worked materials such as card, foam board, styrofoam and balsa.

WHAT DOES DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: GRAPHICS PRODUCTS INVOLVE?

The course will develop students knowledge and understanding of graphic media through a series of designing and making challenges, though the making will be limited to scale models. Students will be expected to use CAD within their GCSE coursework.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Coursework Designing 30%
Making 30%
60%
Terminal Examination Single Tier (2 hours) 40%

 

WHAT OTHER THINGS SHOULD I CONSIDER?

This course would provide sound preparation for those students wishing to follow the 'A' level course in Design & Technology in Years 12 and 13.

For further details of this course see Miss Eaves.


Product Design

WHY STUDY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN?

The course aims to develop capability in designing and making through the use of a very wide range of skills and materials. The course is delivered largely by a series of design and make experiences that will include working in timber, plastics and metals as well as incorporating mechanical and electrical components and CAD/CAM.

WHAT DOES DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN INVOLVE?

Various design challenges will allow students to work with a very wide range of materials in combi-nation with one another. Electronic components and mechanical devices may also be included in proposed solutions put forward by students.

Graphical skills including CAD will play a vital role in the course as well as model making skills and using CAM laser cutting technology.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Coursework Designing 30%
Making 30%
60%
Terminal Examination Single Tier (2 hours) 40%

 

WHAT OTHER THINGS SHOULD I CONSIDER?

Product Design is also the title of the 'A' level course in Design & Technology in Years 12 and 13 and therefore the GCSE in Product Design is the ideal foundation for talented and capable students who might be considering 'A' level Design and Technology.

For further details of this course see Mr Gamble.


Resistant Materials

WHY STUDY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: RESISTANT MATERIALS?

The course aims to develop capability in designing and making through the use of materials such as wood, metal and plastics. The course is delivered largely by a series of experiences that have an emphasis on a practical approach.

WHAT DOES DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: RESISTANT MATERIALS INVOLVE?

Design challenges will allow students to work with a wide range of materials, often in combination with one another. Electronic components and mechanical devices may also be included in proposed solutions put forward by students.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Coursework Designing 30%
Making 30%
60%
Terminal Examination Single Tier (2 hours) 40%

 

WHAT OTHER THINGS SHOULD I CONSIDER?

This course would provide sound preparation for those students wishing to follow the 'A' level course in Design & Technology in Years 12 and 13.

For further details of this course see Mr Rutter.


Textiles

WHY STUDY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: TEXTILES?

Textiles technology provides the opportunity to analyse and evaluate situations, design and make products and then appraise their performance. Students will have the opportunity to work with a range of materials, and ICT for CAD, CAM manufacture. Textiles technology develops technical and constructional skills using fabrics as well as a variety of equipment.

WHAT DOES DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY TEXTILES INVOLVE?

  • Developing, planning and communicating ideas in a variety of ways to solve a given problem.
  • Analysing products to develop a wider understanding of how products are designed and made.
  • Finding out about environmental issues and standards that affect the manufacturing choices and decisions.
  • Commercial manufacturing of how products can be manufactured in quantity.
  • Knowledge of materials and components needed for a wide variety of textile materials.
  • Selecting and use tools, equipment and processes effectively to produce quality products.

The final coursework can be any item made in fabric which could be recycled fabric eg a child's play mat, children's clothing, a costume for a theatrical production, a fashion item or fashion accessory which could gain up to half of the final coursework mark. An A3 size portfolio of research work on the planning, making and evaluation of the final product could gain up to 20% of the final course-work mark.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The assessment scheme is the same for all Design & Technology syllabuses:-

Coursework Designing 30%
Making 30%
60%
Terminal Examination Higher - A* A B C D (U)
Foundation - C D E F G
40%

NOTE: The final examination will consist of one paper of two hours.

For further details of this course see Miss Stannard.