Department Vision:

 

Department Vision: Design & Technology is an ever evolving subject area that impacts on everything we use, interact with and need on a daily basis.  It involves the use of Mathematics, Science, Computing and various other cross-curricular links in order to solve real-life problems and relate to whole world issues; including environmental and social issues.  Design & Technology encourages students to become creative, independent problem solvers with a capacity to work as individuals or as part of a team to achieve an outcome.

Career pathways through the study of Design & Technology are vast and include: Architect, Structural Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Robotic Engineer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, CAD specialist, Quantity Surveyor, Automotive Designer, Aerospace Designer, Naval Architect, Games Designer, Property Management, Jewellery Designer, Civil Engineer, Software Developer, Desktop Publishing and many more.

Curriculum Information

Key Stage 3

All pupils study Design and Technology during Years 7, 8 and 9.

Year 7

Design & Technology involves students developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of the technological and creative world in which we live.  Students will experience working with a variety of materials, processes, tools and equipment to design and create original products. Your son will acquire knowledge, understanding and expertise within Design & Technology through a variety of investigative, analysis, design, graphical, make and evaluation tasks.  The emphasis in year 7 is on acquiring and developing a range of practical skills to take forward through Key Stage 3 and beyond.

The content of each Year in KS3 Design and Technology is based on 2 x 18 week rotations with the Art department.

Content during the Year 7 Rotation includes:

  • –  Motion and Mechanisms
  • –   Materials Analysis (Woods)
  • –   Health and Safety
  • –   Tools and Machines
  • –   Manufacturing Processes
  • –   Corporate Identity (Logos and Slogans)
  • –   Packaging Investigation
  • –   Evaluation Skills
  • –   Practical Skills related to making a toy train and producing the packaging for the train.

Year 8

Design & Technology involves students developing further the knowledge and skills acquired in Year 7.  Students are encouraged to become more independent learners through creative thinking, designing and making using a variety of materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to create original products. Students are given the opportunities to work with various materials including woods and plastics, together with the use of CAD / CAM to produce quality outcomes using industrial recognised processes.

The content of each Year in KS3 Design and Technology is based on 2 x 18 week rotations with the Art department.

Content during the Year 8 Rotation includes:

  • –   Design Styles Analysis
  • –   Materials Analysis
  • –   Existing Products Analysis
  • –   Design Investigation
  • –   CAD theory and development
  • –   3D Modelling skills
  • –   Planning for production
  • –   Evaluation Skills
  • –   Practical Skills related to making a Clock in the style of Memphis, full scale and fully functional.

Year 9

Design Technology encompasses all the learning experiences from Years 7 and 8, enabling students to experience a range of activities that mirror many of the subjects on offer at GCSE including the use of computing.  Students will undertake work in Product Design and Engineering through manipulating various materials using a range of processes including CAD / CAM to design and make products.  Students will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of specialist subjects which will be available for them to study at GCSE Design & Technology.

The content of each Year in KS3 Design and Technology is based on 2 x 18 week rotations with the Art department.

Content during the Year 9 Rotation includes:

  • –   Photoshop Skills
  • –   ProDesktop (3D modelling) Skills
  • –   Sketchup (3D modelling) Skills
  • –   Use of 2D Design / Cura (Design Programmes) to create files for manufacture
  • –   Design work
  • –   Evaluation skills
  • –   Setting up and monitoring CAD/CAM machinery (including Laser Cutter and 3D Printer)

Key Stage 4

Pupils choose Design and Technology as an option for GCSE (AQA Product Design).

Students have two lessons per week over a two year period and will be assessed through the following criteria.

FINAL GCSE GRADING IS TAKEN FROM THE FOLLOWING:

  • COURSEWORK (60% FINAL GRADE)
  • FINAL EXAM (40% FINAL GRADE)

Year 10

  • Term 1: Drawing, Rendering and CAD, (Drawing and rendering in pencil, coloured pencil, fine liner. Use of Sketch Up and ProDesktop).
  • Term 2: Making skills (Develop joint making in wood, finishing skills and working with plastics. Produce a storage box and light including the use of the laser cutter).
  • Term 3: Theory work, Past paper questions (including Controlled Assessment Preparation). Students to be introduced to theory tasks including preparation for the Y11 coursework task.

Year 11

  • Term 1: Controlled Assessment task – Coursework Assignment as outlined by AQA guidelines. Students have a choice of projects and will produce an e-portfolio in accordance to the mark scheme.
  • Term 2: Controlled Assessment task – Coursework Assignment as outlined by AQA guidelines. Students have a choice of projects and will produce an e-portfolio and final model in accordance to the mark scheme.
  • Term 3: Exam preparation (revision material). Students to prepare for the 2 hour final exam.

 

Key Stage 5

Pupils choose Design and Technology as an option for A – Level (AQA Product Design).

Students have five lessons per week over a two year period and will be assessed through the following criteria.

FINAL AS / A2 GRADING IS TAKEN FROM THE FOLLOWING:

  • COURSEWORK (PER YEAR) (50% FINAL GRADE)
  • 2 HOUR EXAM (PER YEAR) (50% FINAL GRADE)

Year  12

  • 2 lessons per week – Theory tasks, Past papers.
  • 3 lessons per week – Individual Design and Make project work (e-portfolio) and final model. Collected in over set deadline dates through the year. Marked as a Controlled Assessment.

Year 13

  • 2 lessons per week – Theory tasks, Past papers.
  • 3 lessons per week – Individual Design and Make project work (e-portfolio) and final model. Collected in over set deadline dates through the year. Marked as a Controlled Assessment.

 

 

Department Staff:

  • Mr D. Bowers - Head of Department
  • Mrs L. Hesketh
  • Mr N. Pendleton

Department Courses:

Key Stage 3:

Schemes of work in line with the National Curriculum

Key Stage 4:

GCSE Product Design (AQA)

Key Stage 5:

AS/A Product Design (AQA)

Out of Hours Activities:

NightOwl:

As per NightOwl Timetable

Mini Mouse Racer project:

Annually

Track Nav Challenge:

Annually

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