Introduction

Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.

The faculty has dedicated workshops for each of the 5 areas of D & T and, in addition, a 22 station ICT suite and access to 20 lap top computers. There are five fulltime member of staff and a part time technician.

At Key Stage Three, pupils’ study in five areas of Technology: Electronics, Food and Nutrition, Graphics, Engineering/Resistant Materials and Textiles. They spend around 7 weeks in each area in years 7, 8 and 9 enabling pupils to participate in all aspects of technology extending their knowledge and developing new skills in preparation for Key Stage 4 courses.

 Pupils will:

At Key Stage 4 the subject becomes optional and the pupils can choose to work in the areas listed below. Please note some combinations of subject are prohibited, and this explained at the time of options.

Further information on the courses can be found below:

 

GCSE Design Technology

Key Stage 4 pupils can opt to study the new GCSE Design & Technology. The subject content covers three key areas:

  1. Core technical principles - to extend the pupils knowledge and understanding of the subject and gain a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding. This will help to make informed decisions when designing.
  2. Specialist technical principles – pupils should develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialist technical principles including: selecting materials and components – forces and stresses – ecological and social footprint – sources and origins - selection of materials or components - using and working with materials - stock forms, types and sizes - scales of production - specialist techniques and processes - surface treatments and finishes.
  3. Designing and Making Principles - Students should know and understand that all design and technology activities take place within a wide range of contexts. They should also understand how the prototypes they develop must satisfy wants or needs and be fit for their intended use. For example, the home, school, work or leisure. They will need to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making principles in the completion of a design and make piece of coursework.

In Year 11 the pupils complete a None Examined Assessment this consist of building a design portfolio and manufacturing a practical product following the requirements of a design brief set by AQA( Awarding Body) These two elements combine to make up 50% of the students final grade.

Pupils also sit an end of year examination 50% of the final grade.

 

GCSE Design and Technology- Textiles Focus

Written Examination- 50% of final grade

Non Examined Asessment- 50% of final grade

The GCSE Design and Technology-Textiles course covers three areas-

Core Technical Principles-

All pupils study the core principles gaining knowledge and understanding that that allow them to make effective design choices.

Specialist Technical Principles-

Pupils study technical principals, again, to help make effective design choices. This work is covered in the specialist area of Textiles.

This area will cover topics including-

Fibres and Fabrics, Fabrics and their properties, Joining and shaping fabrics, Dyeing and Printing. Pupils will learn and develop a range of practical skills enabling them to make a range of textile products.

Designing and Making Principles-

This work is undertaken in year 11 of the course and is a design and make project. This is the coursework element of the subject worth 50% of the GCSE grade.

 

GCSE Food and Nutrition

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full-time career in the catering or food industries.

In Year 11 the pupils complete two None Examined Assessments. This includes undertaking a practical investigation into the working characteristics of food materials and a portfolio demonstrating students’ ability to plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes in relation to a given topic. Pupils will also sit an end of year examination worth 50% of the final grade.

 

Pearson BTEC First award in Construction in the Built Environment

The new course for Construction is set up to prepare pupils for the world of further study at college and university in areas of design, architecture and construction management along with giving those who wish to follow an apprenticeship route into engineering or construction the opportunity to study different areas of the industry before deciding on their specialism.

Pupils will gain experience in the following throughout the course:

 

Cambridge National award in Child Development

Child development traditionally falls within the Technology Faculty. All pupils will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks and care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Pupils sit an end of year examination worth 50% of the final grade.  Across year 10 and 11 the pupils also complete a variety of none examined assessment pieces. Pupils will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment for a nursery. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to undertake practical work and evaluate dietary choices. Pupils also undertake a child study where they gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five.

 

Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Engineering level1/2

The course is set up to prepare pupils to continue in the engineering sector in both practical and academic routes. It links directly to the Level 3 BTEC and some apprenticeships. The course includes:



KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM MAPS

CURRICULUM AREA

YEAR 7

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

YEAR 8

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

YEAR 9

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

ELECTRONICS

Electronic Fan

 

Astable Project

Flashing sign

Microprocessor Project

Shaky Hand Game

ENGINEERING/RESISTANT MATERIALS

Introduction to tools, equipment and machinery. Manufacturing multiple products cumulating in the manufacture of a small storage solution. This we feel gives pupils an opportunity to use a range of tools, machinery and materials to build their confidence and skills

Traditional woodworking project manufacturing for the RSPB. Learners will develop theoretical elements of Design and Technology whilst undertaking this module.

Independent desk top lighting design and make assignment.

Engineering based project. Learners will use Engineered drawings to manufacture an adjustable desk light using hand tools and machinery.

Pupils are also asked to draw upon previous knowledge of CAD/CAM in order to draw and manufacture plastic components of the light.

The light itself is made from metals and plastics.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health whilst becoming more competent in a range of cooking techniques.

Develop cooking skills using a variety of equipment and cooking methods to make more complex dishes. Pupils will gain an awareness of macro and micro nutrients and their importance to the body.

Continue to develop cooking skills using fewer standard components. Pupils will learn to produce dishes at an affordable cost and read packaging labels to make informed choices to develop a healthy diet.

GRAPHICS

Introduction to technical drawing techniques and Graphic Design software.

Pupils will undertake tasks to use Computer Aided Design and Computer aided Manufacture to produce bespoke products.

Pupils will build on the skills they covered in Year 7 to develop a CAD designed bespoke mobile phone stand that incorporates personalised elements of their choice.

Designing and manufacturing a bespoke product and packaging using Photoshop and 2D Design

Independent designing a bespoke designed cup and packaging to an industrial standard.

TEXTILES

Introduction to tools, equipment and machinery. Manufacturing an apron to wear throughout the pupil’s time in Technology whilst at St Peter’s High School.

Designing and manufacturing a patchwork cushion using a range of different textiles techniques.

Project based on sustainability in textiles. Pupils design and manufacture a wearable product from a range of recycled materials.

 

 

KEY STAGE 3 SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

CURRICULUM AREA

YEAR 7

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

YEAR 8

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

YEAR 9

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

ELECTRONICS

 

Soldering assessment of practical skills and basic electronic components test

 

Practical skills graded for quality and accuracy.

Key electronic concepts are assessed

Practical skills graded for quality and accuracy.

Understanding of microprocessor circuit/programme.

ENGINEERING/RESISTANT MATERIALS

Assessment of marking and measuring techniques demonstrated.

Accuracy when cutting and shaping materials along with assessment of final completed structure.

Assessment of practical skills and application in order to produce the final product.

Pupils are also assessed on their ability to draw on previous knowledge in order to complete a CAD task.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Design and manufacture cake challenge.

Test on macronutrients.

Outcomes of practical dishes made.

Test on micronutrients.

Design and manufacture pasta dish assessment.

Evaluation covering sensory and nutritional analysis.

GRAPHICS

Technical drawing assessment.

Outcome of use and independence when using 2D Design.

Isometric and 2 Point Perspective assessments.

Independence when developing bespoke phone stand using 2D Design.

 

Design portfolio development.

Packaging accuracy and creativity shown when using Photoshop to develop final two products.

TEXTILES

 

Completed product, safety and independence when using machinery.

 

Design portfolio and final finished product.

Design portfolio and final finished product, skill and independence shown when using sewing machine.

 


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps

Design and Technology: Materials

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Project 1 – Revisiting 2D Design and Google Sketch Up to improve and extend skills from KS3.

Manufacture of Project 1.

Casting

Laser cutting

Engineering

Constructing.

Design portfolio building and Design and technology theory content.

Isometric drawing and model making

Mock exam preparation.

Continuation of skills building in preparation for NEA.

Introduction to this year’s Design and Make assignment for NEA.

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 11

Research element of NEA

Mock exam preparation.

 

Development section NEA

Manufacturing element of NEA

Completion of NEA and evaluation.

GCSE Revision.

 

 

BTEC Construction

 

 

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Unit 3

Construction and Design

Unit 1 Construction Technology

Revision for external exam. Undertake External Exam

 

 

Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

 

Unit 9 Exploring Plumbing Principles.

 

Construction - Summative Assessments

 

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Unit 2 Scientific and Mathmatical Principles in Construction

 

Unit 1 Construction Technology

Revision for external exam. Undertake External Exam

 

 

Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Unit 3

Construction and Design: Assignment Marking

Unit 9 Exploring Plumbing Principles: Assignment Marking

 

 

BTEC Engineering

 

 

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Component 1

Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications

Component 2

Investigating and Developing an Engineering Prototype

 

 

Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Component 2

Investigating and Developing an Engineering Prototype

Component 3

Responding to an Engineering Brief

 

Engineering - Summative Assessments

 

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Component 1

Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications: Assignment Marking

Component 2

Investigating and Developing an Engineering Prototype: Assignment Marking

 

 

Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Component 2

Investigating and Developing an Engineering Prototype: Assignment Marking

Component 3

Responding to an Engineering Brief:

External Examination

 


Links to specifications

 

Pupils follow: the AQA Design and Technology Syllabus (8552)

 

The course covers:

Unit 1 (External Exam)

• Core technical principles

• Specialist technical principles

• Designing and making principles

 

Unit 2 (Non-Exam NEA)

Practical application of:

• Core technical principles

• Specialist technical principles

• Designing and making principles

 

More information can be found here - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552

 

A number of Design and Technology revision websites have content that is relevant to the current specification along with information from the old specification. It is therefore essential that pupils check the specification or ask a member of staff before revising from sections of these sites.

 

Some useful sites are:

 

New GCSE Specification

http://www.technologystudent.com/despro_flsh/NEW_GCSE3.html

 

Design and Technology (Lots of useful topics, not all new GCSE)

 

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.mr-dt.com/

 

Revision Study Guides

 

CPG Design and Technology (Complete Revision and Practice)

CPG AQA Design and Technology (The Revision Guide)

CPG GCSE Design and Technology Exam Practice Workbook

 

Where does this lead?

 

Design and Technology:

 

Design skills and the ability to visualise new ideas can be useful in many job families such as marketing, sales and advertising, arts crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing to name but a few.

 

BTEC Construction

 

Pupils follow: Pearson BTEC First Award in Construction

 

The course covers:

 

Unit 1 (External Exam)

Construction Technology

 

Unit 2 (Non-Exam NEA)

Scientific and Mathematical Principles in Construction

 

Unit 3

Construction and Design

 

Unit 9

Exploring Plumbing Principles

 

More information can be found here - https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Firsts/Construction-and-the-Built-Environment/2013/Specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446936108_BTEC_AWD_L12_CBE_Iss2.pdf

 

Some useful sites are:

 

New BTEC Specification

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Firsts/Construction-and-the-Built-Environment/2013/Specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446936108_BTEC_AWD_L12_CBE_Iss2.pdf

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/construction-and-the-built-environment-2013-nqf.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments


Revision Study Guides

BTEC First Construction and the Built Environment Student Book

Publisher: Pearson

Author: Simon Topliss

ISBN: 9781446906460

 

Where does this lead?

 

You can progress onto a Design, Engineering, Technical or Construction course at Sixth Form College, and Apprenticeship or Technical College. The course is a basis for an introduction to one of the biggest employers and industries in the country. The course is a well-recognised and highly sought-after qualification which can be the passport into further education along with many professions and areas of employment.

 

 

Updated: Dec 2021