Design & Technology

Welcome to Design & Technology

I hope you find this page helpful in understanding the Design and Technology programme at St John Henry Newman School.

If you have any queries regarding the subject, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Rebekah Hurst
Head of Design & Technology

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Introduction

The role and impact of technology in both our personal and working lives is ever growing. Understanding how people shape technology and how technology shapes people’s interactions with each other and the natural world is important not only for those who research, develop and implement new technologies but also for all those people and organisations that have to use those technologies in their working and personal lives.

Staff

Mrs R Hurst – HOD 3D specialist KS3, KS4 & Post16 D&T teacher.

Mrs J Cooper – Food specialist teacher PT Tuesday and Fridays.

Mrs L Clitheroe – Art and Design & Technology teacher PT.

Mrs N Morgan – Trainee D&T Technician PT.

What is design and Technology?

Design = to solve problems.

Technology = the tools to help us solve the problem.

Skills Taught

Key Stage 3

Students at Key Stage 3 are assessed on 5 areas in line with the National Curriculum. These are:

  • Designing
  • Making
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Evaluating
  • Cooking and nutrition

Year 7 and 8

In Yr7 learners are introduced to Design and Technology with small design and manufacture activities, in a selection of material areas, they include; Timbers, Polymers, Card and Paper, Textiles and Food. It also includes a Sustainability element.

In yr8 they get the opportunity to carry on and develop their skills in and knowledge of the subject through both practical and theory based tasks. Before making a choice of which DT strand they may like to take on in their further studies.

GCSE Design and Technology, BTEC Construction and Level 2 courses in Food.

Assessment will be made throughout the year and focused around the following key areas of Technology:

  • Research and Investigation
  • Analysis
  • Testing and Evaluating
  • Manufacture

Key Stage 4 Year 9, 10 and 11

The Design and Technology Curriculum in Years 9, 10 and 11 aims to continue the development of learners’ skills in designing and manufacturing.

AQA Assessment

AQA GCSE Design and Technology

AQA GCSE Specification from September 2017

Controlled assessment (written folder and practical outcome) 50%

Final examination 50%

Year 9 &10 Design and Technology course builds on the previous progress of the learners and allows their confidence to grow. Learners will complete a range of mini NEA design and carry out tasks in the following material areas of Timbers, Polymers, Card and Paper, and Textiles. This process builds their confidence when using a range of tools and machines. Learners will also learn how to draw accurately as well as studying about smart materials and issues such as sustainability and the environment and learn how it impacts on design.

Year 11 allows learners to undertake a major design and manufacture task that accounts for 50% of their final grade. The remaining 50% is a written exam that will require learners to answer questions that test their knowledge, some of which require a piece of extended writing to be produced.

Resistant Materials Technology

Resistant Materials focuses fundamentally on the use of wood, metal and plastic through a range of designing and making tasks.

Year 10 offers students the chance to use a range of different materials and build their confidence when using a range of tools and machines. Students will also learn how to draw accurately as well as studying about smart materials and issues such as the environment to learn how it impacts on design.

Year 11 allows students to undertake a major design and make task that accounts for 60% of their final grade. The remaining 40% is a written exam that will require students to answer questions that test their knowledge, some of which require a piece of extended writing to be produced.

Product Design

Product Design combines the areas of Design and Technology to create a study of products in general.

Year 10 offers students the opportunity to gain experience a range of different materials and tools as well as the use of CAD/CAM. Students will also learn about graphic design, logos and packaging.

Year 11 allows students to undertake a major design and make task that accounts for 60% of their final grade. The remaining 40% is a written exam that will require students to answer questions that test their knowledge, some of which require a piece of extended writing to be produced.

GCSE VCert Food and Cookery Level 2

GCSE VCert Food and Cookery Level 2

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 14-16 studying their Key Stage 4 curriculum. It is designed for learners who have an interest in food and cookery. The course will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques, methods and knowledge of Health and Safety, to enable them to use, within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.

  • The industry – food and drink
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Costing and portion control
  • Specialist equipment
  • Communication and record keeping
  • Environmental considerations

• The industry – food and drink

• Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training

• Health, safety and hygiene

• Food preparation, cooking and presentation

• Nutrition and menu planning

• Costing and portion control

• Specialist equipment

• Communication and record keeping

• Environmental considerations

Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment

The BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Construction provides an opportunity for learners to study and gain experience of the construction industry. The elements of the course are taken over 3 years.

  • Unit 1 External examination
  • Unit 2 Exploring mathematical and scientific principles
  • Unit 3 Construction and Design – Designing a 4-bedroom house.
  • Unit 5 Exploring Carpentry and Joinery – Practical element

Learners study both technical and practical aspects of the industry with occasional site visits arranged to develop a more work-related context to the course.

The BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Construction course looks at why the construction industry is an important sector within the UK economy and the key role it plays in all our lives. Learners will gain an overview of the types of activities undertaken by those working in the construction industry such as job roles and projects. Learners will also gain knowledge and understanding of health, safety and welfare in the construction industry. The practical elements of the course focus on carpentry and joinery, enabling learners to construct frames using appropriate hand tools, materials, and personal protective equipment.

Pathways

As well as degree courses in Product Design other Degree options are Mechanical Engineering, Fashion Design, Architecture and Industrial Design. Many universities also offer Degrees that combine subjects such as Sports Technology and Computer Aided Design.

Course Outline

Year 12 AS Examinations

PRODUCT DESIGN GCE AS Level (AQA)

Unit 1 – PROD1

Materials, Components and Application

50% of AS, 25% of A2

2 hour written paper 80 marks

Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections: Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions; Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two; Section 3 contains one compulsory question.

Unit 2 – PROD2

Learning through Designing and Making 50% of AS, 25% of A level Coursework: approximately 50 hours 80 marks. Written (or electronic) design portfolio. Manufactured outcome(s): Jewellery design and box and children’s flat pack furniture projects. Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work.

Course Outline

Year 13

PRODUCT DESIGN GCE A2 Level (AQA)

Unit 3 – PROD3

Design and Manufacture 25% of A level 2 hour written paper 84 marks.

Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections. Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section. Includes synoptic assessment.

Unit 4 – PROD4

Design and Making Practice 25% of A level. Coursework approximately 60 hours 85 marks

Written (or electronic) design folder. Manufactured outcome. Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity of own choice.

Course Requirements

Students need to be self-motivated and enjoy problem solving. Grade C or above in any of the Design and Technology options is desirable, but not essential.

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