Technology is committed to providing all pupils of all abilities with the opportunity to experience success. Through designing and making it is hoped that their confidence and self-esteem will be enhanced. Students will be encouraged to experiment and explore a range of ideas.

Aims of the Department:

  • To develop a pupils understanding of the world of design and consumer issues.
  • To develop a wide range of designing and making skills, in a range of materials.
  • To nurture and develop creativity within young people.
  • To encourage a risk taking approach, through modelling and prototyping.
  • To give pupils a range of life skills which can be used in their adult lives.
  • To ensure that pupils are highly challenged, and are independent learners/enquirers.
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Key Stage 3 Projects and areas of Assessment


Students will complete 5 projects per year, developing different skills in each project whilst having an opportunity to work with a variety of materials, tools and equipment. Each project lasts 6 weeks and all students work in all material areas each year.

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BTEC Engineering

Course Description

This is an academic and highly technical course, in which students will investigate manufacturing processes used to make modern products within different Engineering sectors. They will also study the impact that this has on modern lifestyles. Alongside this, there is also the need to investigate a manufactured product and learn what a designer has to consider when writing technical specifications. Knowledge of how to ensure quality during manufacture is essential also. They will be introduced to materials and how they are test to see if they are suitable to engineering applications. Students will learn how to use 2D and 3D CAD/CAM (computer aided design / computer aided manufacture) programs to create engineering parts and assemblies. In conjunction with this students will create part programs for CNC Lathes, CNC LASER cutters and 3D Printers.

Examination Information

Total 120 Guided Learning hours (GLH)
There are 2 core units:
Unit 1— The Engineering World (externally assessed) (30GLH)
Unit 2— Investigating an Engineered Product (internally assessed)(30GLH)
Specialist Unit
Unit 5: Engineering Materials
(internally assessed)(30 GLH)
Unit 6: Computer-aided Engineering
(internally assessed)(30 GLH)
This course leads to a BTEC qualification equivalent to one GCSE in Engineering

Teaching & Learning

In Year 10 students will complete units 1,2 and part of 5 and then in Year 11 they will complete the other units. It is vital to emphasise that this is not a practical orientated subject - having a good background in Science and Mathematics is essential (predicted C grade minimum/achieving levels 6+ at the end of Year 9). Being able to work independently, analyse problems, and respond to complex tasks is an essential skill. Students are encouraged to discuss and evaluate their ideas, in conjunction to being able to respond to feedback given by their peers and teaching staff. The expectation is that a task will be set with a technical specification, and students must then work out their own solution independently.

 

GCSE Food Technology

Course Description

GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology helps students develop their creativity, with making of food products, a vital feature of their experience of taking this specification. 
This two unit specification requires students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.
This course has a 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Examination Information

Unit 1 – Written Paper
40% of total marks
2 hours
120 marks
Candidates answer all questions in two sections
Pre-release material issued
Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice
60% of total marks
Approximately 45 hours
90 marks
Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks
This course leads to a GCSE in Food Technology

Teaching & Learning

Practical cooking skills form a large part of the course. Knowledge of the principles of food and nutrition is divided into six strands:

  • Food Processes - Combining ingredients, Standard food components, scale of production, quality control, food contamination and bacteria, preservation, domestic and industrial equipment.
  • Marketing & Environment - Social issues, environmental and ethical issues, labelling, packaging.
  • Exam Techniques

These strands are taught through various tasks, which develop different skills such as research, planning, making and evaluating. There are also some stand alone activities to develop making skills and build confidence.

 

GCSE Graphic Products

Course Description

This Course is for students who enjoy designing and making products.
GCSE Graphic Products gives students the chance to learn about all aspects of the design process and to create a design project of their own brief.

The course inspires students to learn about materials, Components, production processes , industrial processes and the design cycle.

It also gives students the opportunity to find out about the social, Moral, ethical and environmental issues of product design.

Examination Information

UNIT1 - 2 HOUR EXAM
UNIT 2– CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT
45 HOURS IN DURATION
EXAM 40% / PORTFOLIO OF WORK 60%

Teaching & Learning

Creativity is a large part of the course and it has to be specifically taught. The course requires students to use various computer–aided design programmes such as a multi-purpose knife cutter, laser cutter and 3d plotters. Students will work independently which is part of the controlled assessment. The majority of skills will be developed through designing and making tasks. Year 10 will consist of various tasks which will stimulate the imagination. Students who enrol on this highly popular course will develop many transferable skills which they can utilise throughout their chosen career.

 

GCSE Resistant Materials

Course Description

Resistant Materials Technology is the design and making of a wide range of contemporary products using a range of materials such as wood, metal, plastics and smart/modern materials. You will combine hand making skills and modern manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to make creative high-quality products. Year 10 will provide students with the opportunity to develop creative designs, knowledge of materials and practical skills through a number of short projects before students complete a controlled assessment design and make project set by the exam board.


Examination Information

In Year 11 a controlled assessment lasting 45 hours will be undertaken. This will account for a possible 60% of the total marks with an examination accounting for the remaining 40%

Teaching & Learning

Students are encouraged to be creative and independent learners who can respond to design briefs with a clear understanding of consumer need, product form and function and the social, moral and environmental impact of their design decisions. Detailed product analysis plays a key role in the development of successful design solutions. Students are encouraged to discuss and evaluate their designs as they develop, and must be willing to improve and change ideas based on feedback received. Communication is vital to your success; this will be developed through discussion, sketching, modelling and the realisation of ideas through 3 dimensional manufacture. Students will develop a wide range of practical skills and must be confident with workshop tools and machines.

 

 

 

 

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