The department occupies five teaching classrooms/workshops over two floor levels. All classroom/workshops have a projector and interactive facilities. The ground floor consists of two practical workshops and a technical preparation area. The first floor consists of a food technology teaching room, a mixed media design classroom and a shared ICT facility classroom.
Design and Technology is delivered across Key Stage 3 years 7, 8 & 9
Programme of Study
Pupils are taught to design and make products from different materials and or combinations of compliant materials including food. Pupils will prepare, mark out, accurately measure and assemble materials or ingredients. They will develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the design process, basic machinery and appliances and the use of hand tools and utensils including different manufacturing processes. Pupils will learn to recognise hazards and work safely within classroom or workshop environments. This year almost all pupils will undertake a minimum of five Design and Make Assignments over the academic year. Each assignment incorporates both practical and theory elements.
Assessment is through the grading of individual project work following the National Curriculum Level statements for Design and Technology. The overall objective being to progressively build knowledge, skills and raise National Curriculum Levels throughout the Key Stage. During year 9 students are able to select options for GCSE courses.
Key Stage 4 Options available in Key stage 4 are:-
AQA GCSE Design and Technology Resistant materials
This specification is one of a suite of eight in Design and Technology offered by AQA. There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G.
This specification in Design and Technology: Resistant Materials Technology encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. It prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
Unit 1: Written Paper (45601) 2 hours –120 marks – 40% Candidates answer all questions in two sections. Pre-Release material issued
Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45602) Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60% Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of broad set tasks.
AQA GCSE Design and Technology Food Technology
This specification has a unitised structure and there is one tier of assessment covering grades A* – G.
Written Paper 40% of the total marks – 120 marks – 2 hours
One paper with two sections:
Section A 30 marks A design question based on context supplied before the exam
Section B 90 marks Covers all aspects of the specification content. All questions are compulsory
Controlled Assessment 60% of the total marks – 90 marks
A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. The design folder should consist of approximately:
It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity.
As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.
Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Construction
The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Construction is a 30-credit and 180-guided-learning-hour qualification (GLH) that consists of two mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 30 credits (where at least 16 credits must be at Level 2 or above).
It is broadly equivalent to two GCSEs.
We support students’ learning by providing four extra lunchtime sessions each week and after school hours upon request. This allows students without internet access at home to complete research or homework within school.