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Rag Week this week in school and Einstein House have got off to a flying start with a mega cake sale this morning!


Our new build is looking amazing!


Thank you for a great Samba workshop. Everybody is looking forward to the Canterbury Festival & opening parade on Saturday!


students voted to support you again this year! £4k already raised in just 2 months.


We raised nearly £11k for charity last year & welcomed to collect their chqs


We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and their parents to our first Open Evening tonight, 6pm-8pm.


Looking forward to welcoming prospective students and parents to School tomorrow for the first of our Open Evenings, 6pm-8pm.


Calling on Philip Hammond for urgent action over the severe underfunding of 16-19 education - we need more money!


Today we are mostly eating cake for - £195 raised!


Congrats to 13 of our BCGS students shortlisted for the John Downton Art Awards , with work exhibited at County Hall, Maidstone 23 Oct-4 Dec


Just confirmed that BCGS students and staff have smashed their fund raising target and exceeded £10k for our charities. Amazing work!


Well done to our new equestrian team - 2nd in the National Schools NSEA Show Jumping qualifiers for a place in the championships in October!


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And the 7th student roadshow begins . 4 teams, 50 schools, 5 days


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The sun is shining and the steel frame is almost complete


Looking forward to meeting parents & students who are considering appealing for a Y7 place in September during today's Open Morning 9am-11am


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Barton Court Grammar School development continues with steel frame due to arrive next week;


Please come along to our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight 5pm-7pm and talk to staff and current students about the courses we offer.


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Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral; great turn out and wonderful choir & orchestra. Proud to be invited as VIP guests


Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it.


Looking forward to welcoming visitors to our Sixth Form Open Evening tonight, Wednesday 9 November 2016 starting at 6.45pm.


Amazing Y5 Taster Morning with primary school students getting a taste of lessons in an Ofsted "Outstanding" grammar


4 of our students & a teacher have been shortlisted for the Turner Contemporary's Portfolio Art Comp - well done, an amazing achievement!


Open mornings for prospective parents & students on Mon 14 Mar & Wed 16 Mar who may be considering a place at BCGS.


Valentine cupcakes purchased anonymously & delivered to staff and students today with £331 raised for our charities!


3 BCGS students won outstanding recognition in the NCS programme raising £700 for charity & volunteering for 60+ hrs


Don't forget our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight 5pm-7pm come and find out what post-16 courses are on offer


Sixth Form Info Evening Wed 3 Feb, 5pm-7pm. Come along & find out about the subjects that interest you for post-16 study. No need to book.


Smash Up Badminton Club has paid off with our U16 badminton team 2nd in Kent School Games defeating Kent College & Fulston Manor & U14s 3rd


Well done BCGS U14 Girls Basketball team, excellent start to the season with a resounding 48-18 victory against Spires Academy.


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Unsure how to write your personal statement? This video has heaps of inspiration...


Join us on 3 Feb 5pm-7pm for another chance to see our school & talk about the post-16 courses being offered in Sept


Thank you to all staff, students & parents who have contributed to the Canterbury Food Bank with outstanding generosity


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Heading to an open day? Check out our top tips before you go!


We raised £122.27 for this year’s Poppy Appeal. Well done staff, students and visitors


We've raised £4757 in just 3 months for our 5 chosen charities + Jeans for Genes Day & the MacMillan Coffee Morning. Amazing work!


Good luck to everyone taking part in the District Cross Country today, especially BCGS students – all 32 of them!


We raised over £1k, TWICE last year’s total, with Rag Week activities & proceeds to BCGS charities - great fun!


Our Carol Service at Canterbury Cathedral on 8 Dec will feature the appropriately named Joseph in Y7 singing Once in Royal David’s City


Well done to Liberty in Y11 whose design has been chosen for our Christmas Card this year #design#artwork


Great work – students raised £132.48 for Great Ormond Street Bake it Better Campaign and we all enjoyed cakes!

The Design and Technology Department

GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology

What sort of things will I learn?

There is a practical approach to this course, which encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality through a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques.  You will be encouraged to create products using the design process as a tool to solving problems. You will also gain experience of applying scientific and mathematical principals and working with a wide range of materials and techniques to gain insight into commercial manufacture. Current projects include lighting, toys and packaging designing. You will have the opportunity to work using CAD/CAM as well as traditional processing in wood, metals, plastics, print processes and to learn about graphic design. You will be expected to work independently and to produce written coursework.

What would be expected of me?

Organisation, a strong work ethic and a willingness to work in your own time will all be required in order to be successful in this subject. Design technology is a challenging subject and you will need to be creative, hardworking, committed and to love drawing, designing and making things. You will also need to be able to work very well independently.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop your modelling and communication skills to make prototypes of your designs. You will learn to work with a variety of CAD and CAM packages as you design and manufacture your ideas. You will apply mathematical and scientific principles and build on the practical skills that you have acquired in KS3, learning to select and work with a range of tools and equipment with increasing confidence.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century

  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 50% of qualification
  • A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates' knowledge and understanding of:
    • technical principles
    • designing and making principles along with their ability to analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology

Component 2: Design and make task

  • Non-exam assessment: 35 hours
  • 50% of qualification
  • A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge set by WJEC, assessing candidates' ability to:
    • identify, investigate and outline design possibilities
    • design and make prototypes
    • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology

A Level Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. This specification encourages learners to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values. This enables learners to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes. Learners should acquire subject knowledge in design and technology, including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture. Learners should take every opportunity to integrate and apply their understanding and knowledge from other subject areas studied during key stage 4, with a particular focus on science and mathematics, and those subjects they are studying alongside A level design and technology.

This enables learners to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise, in order to:

• be open to taking design risks, showing innovation and enterprise whilst considering their role as responsible designers and citizens

• develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world

• work collaboratively to develop and refine their ideas, responding to feedback from users, peers and expert practitioners

• gain an insight into the creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries

• develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively and critically through focused research and the exploration of design opportunities arising from the needs, wants and values of users and clients.

• develop knowledge and experience of real world contexts for design and technological activity

• develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of materials, components and processes associated with the creation of products that can be tested and evaluated in use

• be able to make informed design decisions through an in-depth understanding of the management and development of taking a design through to a prototype/product

• be able to create and analyse a design concept and use a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including mathematics and science, to inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology

• be able to work safely and skilfully to produce high-quality prototypes/products

• have a critical understanding of the wider influences on design and technology, including cultural, economic, environmental, historical and social factors

• develop the ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including the use of mathematics and science for analysis and informing decisions in design

A level Assessment strategy

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century

• Written examination: 2.5 hours (AS), 3 hours (A level)

• 50% of qualification

• The examination includes a mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing learners' knowledge and understanding

Component 2: Design and make task

• Non-exam assessment: 35 hours (AS), 80 hours (A level)

• 50% of qualification

• A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge (AS)

• A level students have freedom to investigate and use the process of iteration before deciding upon a final design brief

GCSE (9-1) Food Preparation and Nutrition

Why would I choose food preparation and nutrition?

The study of food preparation and nutrition offers students a creative and analytical course where theory is put into practice through a range of cooking and designing activities. You will have lots of opportunities to design and make food products, to gain insight into the science behind food and to learn about topical and relevant food issues. You may be thinking about working within the food industry, considering a career as a nutritionist or maybe you are passionate about cooking.

What sort of things will I learn?

Food preparation and nutrition allows students to demonstrate their creativity when designing and making food products as well as finding out about food science and nutrition. During the course you will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between design, materials, manufacture and food science. You will explore ideas, ingredients and skills as you work on projects about sweet baked products, ethical eating and special diets to name a few. 

What would be expected of me?

Food preparation and nutrition is a challenging subject and you will need to be creative, hardworking, committed, organised and to love researching, planning, designing and cooking. You will also need to be able to work very well independently.

What skills will I develop?

You will learn how to analyse and investigate; how to create new foods and how to develop your own ideas through small-scale experimentation. You will learn practical food skills and gain the ability to apply knowledge of the functional and nutritional properties of ingredients. You will have the opportunity to work as part of a group on some units of work so will also develop your teamwork skills.

How will I be assessed?

Food preparation and nutrition is assessed in three parts; two non-examined components, which take the form of a research project and a practical activity. These contribute 50% of the final marks. One written final examination paper contributes 50% of the final marks.

Is there anything else I should know?

Food preparation and nutrition course is a good basis for further study in the fields of food science, design, product development technology, nutrition, journalism, photography, environmental health manufacturing, and marketing. It is also a fun, varied and creative course for anyone who loves anything to do with food.