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Design and Technology

Key Stage 4 

GCSE Product Design

Students who commenced their GCSE course in Year 10 in September 2016 follow the AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design specification.  This course incorporates Textiles, Graphics and Resistant Materials.

Aims of the course:

This course aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Design and Technology, through the designing and manufacturing of products.

Course content

The course involves working in either a specialist workshop or a computer room.  Students develop their curiosity in the design of everyday products, their ability to develop a novel design of their own, and then manufacture that novel product either by hand or using computers. 

Students explore the testing of products and how designers communicate with each other.  Their designed product can be made from a range of materials such as card/paper, timber, metals, plastics, ceramics, textiles or a combination; students gain a knowledge of all but will also have a specialist area. 

During the course students have an opportunity for extracurricular visits including to leading design centres in London or local manufacturing.

Assessment:

  • Controlled Assessment (60%)

45 hour design and make project that examines skills and materials knowledge.  Students produce a portfolio or evidence including research and investigation, design development, manufacturing, testing and evaluating.

  • Written exam paper (40%)
    This is a subject specific exam paper and will have a technical content related to the students chosen study area.

 

GCSE Design and Technology

Students who commenced their GCSE course in Year 9 in September 2016 will follow the AQA GCSE Design and Technology specification. 

In Year 9 students complete the following projects in preparation for the new specification:

  • Graphic Products – Technical Drawing Skills
  • Resistant Materials –Pewter Casting Jewellery
  • Amplifier Project
  • Textiles – Draw String Bag
  • Food – Multicultural Foods and Meal Planning

Aims of the course:

This course aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Design and Technology, through the investigation, designing and manufacturing of a range of products, which can be made from a variety of materials such as wood, smart materials, plastic, paper/card or textiles.  Areas covered within the course are:

Resistant Materials

Furniture, storage, children’s toys

Textiles

Interior textiles, cushions, embellishments, door stops

Graphics

Corporate design images, packaging, point of sale, displays, architecture influences

Product Design

Design influences such as Memphis, Pop Art, Andy Warhol, nature

Engineering

Anglepoise lamps, can crushers, programmable products such as bike alarms, robotics. Green car racing.

Modelling products with 3D software and using 3D printers, CAD/CAM routers, lathes and graphic printers (sublimative). CNC lathes and routers.  Welding (MIG, TIG, MMA).


Course content:

The course will involve lessons in either a specialist workshop or computer design room.  The course will enable students to develop their curiosity in the design of everyday products, the ability to develop a novel design of their own, to then manufacture that novel product either by hand or using CAD/CAM, the testing of products and how designers communicate with each other.  Students are given the opportunity to design and make products from given themes using a wide range of materials such as card/paper, timber, metals, plastics, ceramics, textiles, or a combination of materials. 

                A                             Core Content
                B                             Specialist technical principles
                C                             Designing and milking principles

Assessment:

You will sit one 2 hour exam which will contribute to 50% of the grade
                Section A              20 marks
                Section B              30 marks
                Section c              50 marks

There is a controlled assessment (30/35 hours) which is the other 50% of the grade  This will be a design and make task - from a designated list of contextual challenges students will produce a prototype and portfolio of evidence.

Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Textiles (AQA)

Aims of the course:

This course encourages students to develop a broad view of design and technology and to develop the capacity to design and make textile products. 

Course Content:

The units studied are:

  • Materials, components and application
  • Learning through designing and making
  • Design and making practice

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 50% Examination
  • 50% Coursework