What you will learn in KS3
Design & Technology is taught for two periods each week. We deliver one period each of Resistant Materials and Compliant Materials. We do not operate a carousel of D&T studies as students stay with their two teachers for a year in the belief that it is important that teachers and students need to know each other to work effectively. Resistant Materials delivers the bulk of lessons as this reflects the balance of the national curriculum. The Compliant Materials offer is structured as a complete one year experience in which students can achieve at their highest level.
All students follow a programme of Resistant Materials for 1 lesson each week in Years 7, 8 and 9. In addition, all students study Systems and Control for lesson each week in one year of 7, 8 or 9. Depending on their tutor group, students are placed in Technology groups of a planned maximum size of 20.
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The Key Stage is organised as recommended in the KS 3 National Strategy. There are six strands of teaching and learning that make up the Design and Technology Attainment Target. Students undertake a project each term. In Resistant Materials and Systems & Control, each project inevitably covers a wide range of strands but for the purpose of clarity and as a focus for assessment, each is designed to build on only a focussed range of learning strands. At each stage skills and knowledge delivered in one unit are reinforced in subsequent units.
What you will learn in KS4
Students may opt to study Resistant Materials and/or Electronic Products to GCSE.
In Year 10, students undertake a number of units of work designed to broaden their understanding of design tasks and deepen their technical knowledge and skills. Additionally related theory work is undertaken. In the summer term of Year 10 we begin coursework, now called Controlled Assessment, which represents 60% of GCSE marks. Coursework consists of a design folder of around 25 A3 sheets covering the design context, research and specification, design development, design finalisation, planning and evaluating together with a well made product. This continues through the Autumn term of Yr 11 until December when we begin the manufacturing element of the coursework.
The Spring term is devoted to this making until the coursework deadline of March 15 after which revision and exam practise begin.
In the Sixth form students study Product Design and/or Electronics (Science) to A level.
A level Product Design. EDEXCEL
In AS Product Design, Unit 1 consists of a portfolio of creative skills with 3 components of work. These are a product investigation, a product design and a manufactured product. This part of the course is taught for 3 lessons per week. In addition Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Making is taught for 1 lesson each week in the Autumn Term. In the Spring Term the Theory component is taught. In the Summer term, Theory, revision and exam practise towards Unit 2, occupy 4 lessons each week.
In Year 13 Unit 3 consists of a large Design and Make project and ii undertaken in the Autumn and Spring terms for 3 lessons per week. One lesson per week is devoted to Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Making in the Autumn term and in the Spring term, 2 lessons per week are devoted to theory. In the Summer term all work is devoted to theory, revision and exam practise.
A level Electronics. AQA
Electronics A level is a Science qualification of 6 Units that gives students a powerful grounding in all the elements of electronic design. The course is a combination of theoretical and practical units. The AS course covers all the key electronics components and there is a practical task to design and build an electronic system. In the A2 course topics include microprocessors, robotics and communication systems,. As in the first year there is a practical project.
Each year there are two exam papers to complete. Each paper accounts for 35% of the marks. The remaining 30% of the marks come from the practical projects.