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Design Technology

Subject: Design & Technology

Overview

Why study Design & Technology?

The study of Design & Technology will help students to develop problem solving skills, as well as an ability to adapt to an ever changing world in which many technologies continue to evolve. Students will develop an understanding of materials, ability to analyse and evaluate commercial products and make informed decisions.

What will I learn?

In KS3 this subject provides the opportunity to acquire knowledge through Research, Design, Make and Evaluate. These will be developed further during their KS4 GCSE course. Students will increase their knowledge of working in wood, metal and plastics, study industrial practices, including computer aided design and manufacture and learn to evaluate existing products in an informed and sensitive way.

Throughout the course students will be involved in making decisions, considering sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding to design and make quality products.

How will the course be structured?

Students in both KS3 and KS4 will design and make a number of projects to gain skills, knowledge and understanding of a variety of materials. Each project will be completed and assessed every half a term.

There will also be an on-going introduction of the subject knowledge, with a focus on exam preparation during Years 9, 10 and 11.

In Year 11, 1 coursework project/controlled assessment will be required to be completed by the student. This will involve researching, designing, modelling and the manufacture a complete prototype. Theoretical knowledge and understanding of sustainability and materials, tools and equipment will be taught throughout the 3 year course.

How will I be assessed?

In both KS3 and KS4, there will be an assessment at the end of each project and will cover both designing and making skills. In KS4, the GCSE grade is split between the controlled assessment (50%) and the terminal examination (50%).

What career opportunities are there?

The study of Design & Technology would support the study of Product Design, Engineering or similar courses at AS/A level at Sixth Form. This subject is highly valued at Universities and Colleges as it develops independent learning, creativity, critical thinking and evaluating skills. It offers many opportunities in the Construction, Manufacturing and Design Industries.

Key Stage 4 Overview

Exam Board

AQA

Qualification

GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology (8552)

Assessment

The GCSE (9–1) in Design & Technology is a linear qualification with two components. Component 1 (50%) is the internally assessed controlled assessment. Component 2 (50%) consists of 2 hour exam that is externally assessed.

Year 9 Topics

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Industry and enterprise
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • People, culture and society
  • Production techniques and systems
  • Informing design decisions.
  • Energy generation
  • Energy storage
  • Modern materials
  • Smart materials
  • Composite materials and technical textiles
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Electronic systems processing
  • Mechanical devices
  • Materials and their working properties

Year 10 Topics

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Forces and stresses
  • Improving functionality
  • Ecological and social footprint
  • The six Rs
  • Scales of production
  • Timber based materials 
  • Investigation, primary and secondary data
  • The work of others
  • Design Strategies
  • prototyping
  • Selection of materials and components
  • Tolerances and allowances
  • Materials management
  • Specialist tools, equipment, techniques and processes
  • Surface treatment and finishes
  • Controlled Assessment

Year 11 Topics

 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Controlled Assessment
  • Revision of topics
  • Exam preparation
  • Controlled Assessment
  • Revision of topics
  • Exam preparation
  • Revision of topics
  • Exam preparation

Useful websites/resources

·         www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

·         www.gcsepod.com

·         www.technologystudent.com

·         www.DATA.org

·         www.pgonline.co.uk

·         www.collins.co.uk

Recommended revision guide

Collins GCSE Design and Technology (9-1) – All-in-One Revision and Practice (with Online Edition)