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Design & Technology

Summary

Design and Technology is available for all students at Key Stage 3, and as an option at GCSE and A Level.  It is taught on a rotation with students spending approximately 11 weeks with a specialist teacher in each technology area.

Students in Year 7 have two 55-minute lessons per week and complete equal time in each of the technology disciplines. In Year 8 and 9 students have one 55-minute lesson per week and complete equal time in each of the technology disciplines.  This will ensure that Year 9 students are in a good position to make an informed choice at GCSE.  The three areas are, Design for print, Design and Technology Cooking and Nutrition & Product design.

Summary

AQA Design and Technology Product design: The new course offers a very broad look at designing products from the end user, stakeholder and its environmental impact from a range of materials including Textiles/Graphics/Electronics and Resistant materials.  It has a large theory content, a large designing aspect and a limited amount of practical with a much greater emphasis on Maths and Science.

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition: Food Safety and Hygiene underpins all lessons that we have in the food room  Students gain a good understanding of nutrients and nutritional needs of different groups and the reasons why we choose the foods we consume. They will understand the function of ingredients in specific recipes and why reactions occur.  Students will gain an understanding of food provenance, regional and international cuisine, and the impact that the world food supply has on the environment and sustainability. 

Students are only able to choose one area of Design and Technology to study at GCSE.

Course details

Graphic Products

Graphic products is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. Pupils will be given a context and design brief and will be required to design a product that is commercially viable within that context, suitable for a target market.

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES

Pupils will spend an almost equal amount of time on written tasks and practical application. All practical tasks are completed to develop a pupil’s understanding of graphic products in industry including:

  • materials and components
  • design and market influences
  • processes and manufacture

 

Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. Pupils will be given a context and design brief and will be required to design a product that is commercially viable within that context suitable for a target market. There is an equal amount of written work.

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES

Students will spend an almost equal amount of time on written tasks and practical application. All practical tasks are completed to develop a pupil’s understanding of resistant materials including:

  • materials and components
  • design and market influences
  • processes and manufacture

 

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food Preparation and Nutrition will equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and encouragement they need to cook. It will give them the ability to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

Pupils will be able to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways, and develop vital life skills so that they can feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously.

The GCSE focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure pupils develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing pupils’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

Student's will spend an almost equal amount of time on written tasks and practical application. All practical tasks are completed to develop a student's understanding of Food and Nutrition.

Summary

Pupils will gain a knowledge & understanding of materials from the Industrial, designers, end user and stakeholder’s perspective.  Pupils will have the opportunity to research, design and make products using a variety of materials.  The aim of the course is to introduce the students to a selection of processes, materials and the skills to work with them taking into account the client's and other’s needs.

Course details

3.1.1: The focus is on the physical and mechanical properties of a range of materials & components and why these are used in specific applications, with emphasis on the life-cycle of products. This includes manufacture, use & disposal plus an understanding of the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products. Coursework provides an opportunity for students to learn about CAD and CAM, and the use of basic quality control measures.

3.1.2 Section B: Design and Market Influences: Through study and detailed analysis of a wide range of products, candidates should begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for the designer such as: environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomic & anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety.

Environmental/Sustainability Issues: Selection of materials and manufacturing processes to reduce environmental impact - The 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) and application to design and manufacture. 

Ergonomics and anthropometrics: The application of ergonomics and anthropometrics such as in the use of product shaping, textures, colours, and physical size to promote ease of use.

Inclusive design: How designers meet the needs of all users, including the disabled, in a range of product areas.

Consumer Safety: An understanding of the main methods designers and manufacturers employ to ensure products are safe to use.

Unit 2: Non exam assessment (NEA) Single design and make task set by AQA. 35 hours 80 marks

Entry Criteria

GCSE grade 6 in Technology if studied or GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics is required.

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