Design Technology

Design Technology

The faculty encompasses a variety of disciplines all providing exciting opportunities for our students. This enables them to gain vital skills, knowledge and understanding that will not only equip them for forthcoming examinations but also life beyond the classroom

Year 9

In technology, students will have the opportunity to experience two subject areas throughout year 9. Due to recent changes in Design and Technology and increased content at GCSE, the importance to prepare students for years 10 and 11 is greater than ever. Our intention is to teach content from our KS4 technology specifications, which will give our students a realistic experience of what it would be like to take a technology subject as an option in years 10 and 11. We would like to give our students the opportunity to choose two subject areas they would prefer to focus on though out the year. The three subject areas to choose from are;

  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Product Design – (Resistant Materials Technology)
  • Food and Nutrition

In Fashion and Textiles, our year 9 students develop technical skills by creating a garment, in Product Design students create a USB lamp which includes the use of CAD/CAM and in Food and Nutrition students prepare a range of dishes using their practical skills gained over time.

Year 10 and 11
CourseGCSE Design and Technology (includes Graphics, Electronics & Resistant Materials)
Exam Board/SyllabusAQA  8552
Grade Equivalences9 to 1
Assessment Route

Unit 1 Written exam, 2 hrs, (50%)

Unit 2 Design and Make Task, 30-35 hours, non exam assessment (50%)

The fundamental aim of the Design & Technology course is to build on the work covered in Key Stage 3. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Throughout Year 10, students will have the opportunity to research, design, make, test and evaluate a range of products. The skills they gain will be vital and will provide a foundation to what is required for their Controlled Assessment in Year 11.

Students will be required to purchase a revision guide and workbook to support the theory content of the specification, plus an A3 carry folder and an A3 flip folder to present their Controlled Assessment.

It is important to note that we would recommend that students wishing to study an A-level in Design Technology choose this option. The course covers a more extensive range of subject matter and is a more appropriate course for students who are aiming to Design Technology at a higher level.

Textiles Technology

This subject is part of the Design and Technology faculty which encompasses a variety of disciplines all providing exciting opportunities for our students. This enables them to gain vital skills, knowledge and understanding that will not only equip them for forthcoming examinations but also life beyond the classroom.

Year 9

In technology, students will have the opportunity to experience two subject areas throughout year 9. Due to recent changes in Design and Technology and increased content at GCSE, the importance to prepare students for years 10 and 11 is greater than ever. Our intention is to teach content from our KS4 technology specifications, which will give our students a realistic experience of what it would be like to take a technology subject as an option in years 10 and 11. We would like to give our students the opportunity to choose two subject areas they would prefer to focus on though out the year.

The three subject areas to choose from are;

  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Product Design – (Resistant Materials Technology)
  • Food and Nutrition

The textiles module is a colour project that involves learning and practically carrying out batik, tie and dye, stencil, and oil bars. Students will construct a technical folder that consists of decorative processes and construction techniques. Students will have the opportunity to make a simple garment or textile product.

Year 10
CourseBTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Art and Design: Fashion
Exam Board/SyllabusEdexcel
Assessment RouteMandatory Units
Introduction to Specialist Pathways in Fashion (Art and Design) – Internally Assessed (Year 10)

Creative Project in Art and Design (Fashion) – Externally Assessed (Year 11)

Optional Specialist Units
Communicating Ideas in 2D – Internally Assessed (Year 10)

Communicating Ideas in 3D – Internally Assessed (Year 11)

 

This qualification is taught from a Fashion pathway that:

  • Encourages personal development through practical participation in a range of experiences.
  • Gives learners a wider understanding and appreciation of fashion through art and design.
  • Encourages learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team working skills.
  • Gives learners the opportunity to progress to other qualifications such as Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals or A-levels in Fashion (Art and Design), and in due course to progress to the employment sector.
  • Gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Learners will have a variety of experiences such as technical workshops where they will learn garment construction, experimenting with different ways of applying colour to fabric: digitally, tie-dye, batik, stencilling and block printing. Learners will also have the opportunity to explore design through a variety of mixed mediums as well as fashion design. There will also be opportunities to visit the V&A Museum to view exhibitions and galleries during the course.

Year 11
CourseGCSE Textile Technology
Exam Board/SyllabusAQA 4572
Grade Equivalences9 to 1
Assessment Route

Unit 1 Written Paper – 2 hours – 120 marks – 40% Candidates answer all questions in two sections Pre-release material issued for the design question Unit 2 Controlled Assessment – Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60% Consists a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks

 

Textile Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

Candidates will be taught to:

  • Have a working knowledge of the basic composition, physical and aesthetic characteristics of a range of different fibres to include: natural fibres (cotton and wool), regenerated fibres (viscose), synthetic fibres (polyester and elastomeric);
  • Have a working knowledge of combination, construction and use of textiles fibres and fabrics;
  • Understand the need to combine fibres, to include polyester/cotton and combinations including elastomerics;
  • Investigate woven fabrics (plain weave, twill weave and satin weave), knitted fabrics and one non-woven fabric. Through disassembly investigate how they are constructed. Know that modern microfibres can be used to construct woven, knitted, laminated and micro-encapsulated ‘Smart’ fabrics;
  • Be aware of technological advances in textiles materials and their use in a wide range of industries;
  • Assess and evaluate the working properties of fibres and fabrics and how they can impact on fabric choices for products. Be aware of the use of manufacturers’ fabric specifications to select fabrics, and how manufacturing techniques and processes can influence fabric choices. Product maintenance, suitability and fitness for purpose
  • Know and design for the maintenance needs of textile products including typical/popular fabrics made from them and implement current textile labelling, including statutory legislation;
  • Understand the factors which constitute suitability/ fitness for purpose, i.e. wearability, warmth, comfort, absorbency, durability, after care, safety, flammability, stain resistance, aesthetic qualities.
  • Finishing Processes Dyeing and printing
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of one basic commercial method and one hand method of dyeing and printing fabric. Decoration and enhancement • select and know how to use a variety of appropriate surface decorative techniques in order to improve the aesthetic qualities of textiles, fabrics and products.
Year 12 and 13

Due to lack of student numbers, we are currently not running any KS5 courses in Fashion and Textiles. This position is reviewed on an annual basis.

Food Technology

This subject is part of the Design and Technology faculty which encompasses a variety of disciplines all providing exciting opportunities for our students. This enables them to gain vital skills, knowledge and understanding that will not only equip them for forthcoming examinations but also life beyond the classroom.

Year 9

In technology, students will have the opportunity to experience two subject areas throughout year 9. Due to recent changes in Design and Technology and increased content at GCSE, the importance to prepare students for years 10 and 11 is greater than ever. Our intention is to teach content from our KS4 technology specifications, which will give our students a realistic experience of what it would be like to take a technology subject as an option in years 10 and 11.

We would like to give our students the opportunity to choose two subject areas they would prefer to focus on though out the year. The three subject areas to choose from are;

  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Product Design – (Resistant Materials Technology)
  • Food and Nutrition

The Food Module – Healthy Eating for Teenagers – teaches students a range of basic practical cookery skills, alongside the theoretical concepts of healthy eating. Practicals at the moment include coleslaw, fruit salad, jalousie, plate fruit pie or apple crumble, mince dish, swiss roll, and bread based pizza.

Year 10 and 11
CourseGCSE Food Preparation and Technology
Exam Board/SyllabusAQA Syllabus 8585
Assessment Route

Written Exam (50%)

Practical Assessment (50%)

Subject content

Food preparation skills – these are intended to be integrated into the five sections:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

Paper 1: Food Preparation and Nutrition (Written exam, 1hr 45, 50%)

This paper assesses the theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from sections 1 to 5 listed above. The paper consists of multiple choice questions (20 marks) and five questions each with a number of sub questions (80 marks).

Paper 2: Non-exam assessment (50%)

Task 1: Food investigation (set by the Exam Board) – covers the students’ understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task (15% of final marks). Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.

Task 2: Food preparation assessment (set by Exam Board) – Students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task will be assessed. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved. (3 hour practical exam worth 35% of final mark). Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence of the three dishes is also required.

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