Design and Technology

Our facilities include specialist workshops for Design Technology, Food Technology and a dedicated ICT room. The Department aims to stimulate the curiosity, promote problem solving skills and critical thinking of the next generation of designers, engineers, chefs and caters. Technology is constantly evolving and we want to ensure that every student develops skills for designing for a modern society and prepares them to participate in a rapidly changing world.

KEY STAGE 3

All students study design and technology until the end of KS3 in line with National Curriculum guidelines. A carousel system operates where students spend a number of weeks in each of the three areas of study: Resistant Materials, Electronics and Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Students are given the opportunity to design and make products which solve problems and the curriculum develops knowledge and understanding of different materials and specialist equipment.

Over the course of Key Stage 3 students will complete the following projects:

  • Designing and making a motorised boat.
  • Designing and making a trinket box.
  • Basic food hygiene and introduction to food preparation and nutrition.
  • Development of cookery skills.

KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4 we currently offer GCSE courses in Design Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition.

GCSE Design & Technology: Resistant Materials (Edexcel)

Year Group:  Year 11 2017-18
Specification Code: 2RM01
Grading:  A*-G

Unit 1 Creative Design and Make Activities

• Internally assessed
• 60% of the total GCSE

Overview of content
• Students can either design or make one product or different products.
• Students will develop skills in researching, designing, reviewing, planning, making and testing and evaluating.

Overview of assessment
• This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
• Students must complete a design and make activity. These activities can be linked (combined design and make) or separate (design one product, manufacture another).
• Students can undertake a design activity from one task and a make activity from a different task if following a separate design and make activity approach.
• All work, with the exception of research and preparation, must be done under informal supervision. Research and preparation may be completed under limited supervision.
• Students need to complete their designing and making within 40 hours of informal supervision
• There are eight assessment criteria for designing, and five assessment criteria for making.
• There are a total of 50 raw marks available for the designing and 50 raw marks available for the making.

Unit 2 Knowledge and Understanding of Resistant Materials Technology

• Externally assessed
• 40% of the total GCSE

Overview of content
• Students will develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology.
• Students will learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks, and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.
• The knowledge and understanding students develop in this unit can be applied easily to Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities.

Overview of assessment
• This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 30-minute examination paper.
• The examination paper will be a question and answer booklet and all questions are compulsory.
• The examination paper will consist of multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.
• The total number of raw marks available is 80.
• The first examination will be in 2014 and will be available in each June series thereafter

GCSE Design & Technology (Edexcel)

Year Group:  Year 10 2017-18
Specification Code: 1DT0
Grading:  9 – 1

Component 1 – Written Examination

• Externally assessed
• 50% of the total GCSE

Overview of assessment
The 1 hour 45 minute paper consists of two sections. Section A is assessed on the core content and Section B is assessed on the material category students have chosen from a) Metals,  b) Papers and boards, c) Polymers, d) Systems, e) Textiles and f) Timbers.

Section A: Core

This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in Section A.

Section B: Material categories

This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 5 marks of calculation questions in Section B.

Component 2 – Non Examined Assessment

• Internally assessed
• 50% of the total GCSE

Overview of assessment
Students will undertake a project based on a contextual challenge released by the exam board a year before certification. The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating a prototype of a product. Task will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

There are four parts to the assessment with a total of 100 marks.

1 – Investigate (16 marks)

This includes investigation of needs and research, and a product specification.

2 – Design (42 marks)

This includes producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a chosen design, communication of design ideas and review of the chosen design.

3 – Make (36 marks)

This includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy.

4 – Evaluate (6 marks)

This includes testing and evaluation.

GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition (Eduqas)

Year Group:  Year 10 2017-18
Specification Code:  C560P1
Grading:  9 – 1

Component 1 – Written Examination

• Externally assessed
• 50% of the total GCSE

Overview of assessment
The 1 hour 45 minute paper will consist of 100 marks and will assess the following areas of study:

1. Food commodities

2. Principles of nutrition

3. Diet and good health

4. The science of food

5. Where food comes from

6. Cooking and food preparation

Component 2 – Non Examined Assessment

• Internally assessed
• 50% of the total GCSE

Overview of assessment
The non-examination assessment is composed of two assessments that are set by the exam board. Both assessments are to be completed in the academic year in which the learner is entered for the qualification. Learners will be able to select from a choice of two tasks for each assessment.

Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment

15% of total qualification.

A Food Investigation will be set that will require each learner to:

(a) research and plan the task

(b) investigate the working characteristics, function and chemical properties of ingredients through practical experimentation and use the findings to achieve a particular result

(c) analyse and evaluate the task

(d) produce a report which evidences all of the above and includes photographs and/or visual recordings to support the investigation

Assessment 2:The Food Preparation Assessment

35% of total qualification

This assessment is synoptic and assesses the application of knowledge and understanding in relation to selecting dishes and identifying cooking skills/techniques and the execution of practical skills.

This assessment will require learners to: Plan, prepare, cook and present a selection of dishes, to meet particular requirements such as a dietary need, lifestyle choice or specific context.