Design Tech at KS4

Design & Technology - Product Design - September 2018

 product design

This course encourages you to design and make quality products with through a variety of practical activities using a range of materials and techniques. You will create an A3 evidence folder which will show the development of your product from initial designs to completed prototype.

You will build on the skills and prior knowledge taught at KS3 and develop experience of a wide range of manufacturing techniques such as CAD/CAM. You will learn to use the extensive range of equipment within the department to make in Metal, Plastic and Wood.

What courses or careers can this course lead to?

  • Product Design at AS/A2 level
  • Product/Furniture design
  • Graphic design
  • Architecture
  • Engineer – mechanical, civil, aero etc.
  • Surveyor
  • CAD Technician/Modeller
  • Packaging design
  • Teacher
  • Product Research and development
  • Interior design

How will I be assessed?

Year 9 is a foundation year, where skills will be enhanced through a series of projects, each with a different focus. The course consists of a series of design and make assignments in Y10 using a variety of materials and processes. Evidence in folders will be necessary for each project but will be internally assessed and will not count towards the GCSE qualification.

In Y11 the controlled assessment will be part practical work in the form of a working product and an A3 design evidence folder. This will form 50% of the total mark with a final exam worth 50% at the end of the course

What skills do I need?

  • A subject target grade of 9- 5 (or equivalent).
  • Be prepared to work in both practical and theory lessons.
  • To be creative, innovative and have good workshop skills.
  • To be health and safety conscious at all times.

Where will I find more information?

Please contact Mr Senior, Ms Evans or Mr Bagshawe in the DT Faculty

Design & Technology - Resistant Materials*

What will I do on this course?

This is a workshop based course which is highly regarded as a college entry qualification for those who do not wish to follow a mostly design based course. You are encouraged to work with a wide variety of materials including wood, plastics and metals.

You will build on the skills and prior knowledge taught at KS3 focussing on choice of material and quality of construction.

What courses or careers can this course lead to?

  • Joiner
  • Plumber
  • Construction
  • Electrician
  • Sign making
  • Mechanic
  • Maintenance engineer

How will I be assessed?

Year 9 is a foundation year, where skills will be enhanced through a series of projects, each with a different focus. The course consists of three design and make assignments in Y10 and a final controlled assessment worth 50% and a written exam at the end of Y11.

The controlled assessment element consists of a single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, development of a made outcome and a concise evidence folder which should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper. This is not an entirely practical course.

What skills do I need?

  • A subject target grade of 6 – 3 (or equivalent).
  • Be prepared to work in both practical and theory lessons.
  • To follow health and safety rules at all times.

This course is seen as a worthwhile college entry qualification which will support a wide range of courses from foundation level to A level.

Where will I find more information?

Please contact Mr Senior, Ms Evans or Mr Bagshawe in the DT Faculty.

*Due to the changes in GCSEs, the content of this course has not yet been finalised. More information will be available in due course.

Food Preparation and Nutrition - September 2018

Students are given the opportunity to make a huge variety of products over the course of the three years. Students can achieve successful outcomes at the end of nearly every practical lesson, which will impress friends and family members. This course will give you valuable life skills enabling you to cook and make informed decisions about what and how well you are eating.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to practise a wide range of skills whilst having a greater understanding of nutrition, the science behind food as a material and wider environmental aspects associated with food.

In Years 9 and 10, students will cook a range of products whilst completing a series of projects involving written work and food experiments.

In Year 11, students will concentrate on completing two non-examination assessments (NEA) using a variety of research and investigation methods. Students will not cook as much in Year 11 due to NEA and preparing for their written exam in the summer term.

How am I assessed?

All assessments take place in year 11.
September-December: NEA Task 1 – Food investigation, to include a 1500-2000 word report (15%)
December-February: NEA Task 2 – Food preparation assessment, to plan, prepare, cook and present a 3-course menu (35%)
May/June: written examination 1 hour 45 minutes (50%)

What skills do I need?

  • A genuine interest in food and nutrition is essential
  • You must have excellent organisational skills including homework’s and being prepared for practical lessons
  • You need to be well motivated and prepared to work hard in both theory and practical lessons

How will the course help me in the future?

Food is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. In fact, over 20% of the top 100 British companies are in food manufacturing.

Some careers in food include: Dietician/Nutritionist, Food packaging designer, Food developer, Health and Safety officer, Food Technologist, Environmental health, Chef/Baker, Caterer, Food Photographer, Health promotion, teacher.

What other information do I need?

As in Key Stage 3, you will be expected to provide some ingredients from home and cover the costs of store cupboard ingredients provided by school.

The course is not ‘cooking’. The theory aspect of the Food Preparation and Nutrition course is just as important as the practical element

Where will I find more information?

Please contact Miss Wale, Miss Booth or Mrs Shipston in the food department.