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.

 

Staffing

Mrs S Cottrell

Lead Teacher of Design and Technology

Mrs K Parker

Design and Technology Teacher

Mrs J Hidson

Design and Technology Teacher

Ms R Metcalf

Design and Technology Technician

 

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