DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
"We are changing the world with technology."
Our aim is to guide pupils in making informed decisions about Design and Technology related concepts and issues. We endeavour to broaden the young minds of our pupils with challenging and enjoyable lessons and projects, which give pupils the chance to create realistic, personalised products.
Our specialist team of teachers and technicians are passionate about their teaching and subject, welcoming new technologies as well as respecting the traditional methods of the past. Our unique style of teaching and assessment within Key Stage 3 allows pupils to make rapid progress, and a rich and diverse Key Stage 4 offering our pupils pathways into the increasingly expanding world of technology.
All groups are taught in mixed ability, with a maximum number of 20 at KS3 and between 15 to 20 at KS4.
Key Stage 3:
In years 7 to 9 pupils will study a broad range of Design and Technology including:
- Food, nutrition and International cuisine.
- Product Design featuring projects focusing on branding and electronics and e-textiles.
- Resistant Materials projects ranging from children's toys to anglepoise lamps
KS3 Assessment Criteria
Key Stage 4:
Pupils who opt for Design and Technology in KS4 will study the AQA GCSE specification. The options include:
- GCSE Resistant Materials - Resistant Materials Technology is the design and making of products using a range of materials such as wood, metals and plastics and will be encouraged to incorporate new technologies in the production of their products.
- GCSE Graphic Products - Graphic Products enables students to develop products using a range of graphic and modelling materials and new technologies.
- GCSE Textiles - Textiles Technology enables students to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of textiles materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. Students will learn about design and market influences, processes and manufacture, environmental issues and the use of ICT in relation to the manufacturing of material products.
Assessment at KS4:
Currently the above GCSE courses are split with 60% CA (controlled assessment) and 40% exam. The controlled assessment lasts for approximately 1 year leaving time either side for mini projects as well as examination theory.
GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition - Food Preparation & Nutrition allows students to demonstrate their creativity when making food products as well as to gain an understanding of food science and nutrition.
Assessment in Food Preparation & Nutrition:
Food Preparation & Nutrition is split 50% NEA (non-examined assessment) and 50% exam. The NEA takes the form of 2 tasks. One food investigation (30 Marks) and one food preparation assessment (70 Marks). There is time throughout for mini projects as well as examination theory.
- Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.
- Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included.
Students receive home learning on a weekly basis, however this may vary depending on the subject being taught.
Eccozone study Support:
Study support if offered throughout the week within the department for help with revision and NEA/CA support. For more detailed information please contact A Wade (HoD).
Links:GCSE Course Specifications:
Other useful links
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