Our Department is committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students. One which will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team , while developing skills for life. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competencies as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Staffing and Responsibilities

  • M. Baguley – Head of Department, KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • L. McIntosh – KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • S. Effa – KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • C. Mills – KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • M. Lowke –  KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • H. Williams – DT Technician

Design & Technology Learning Journey

Design and technology has a statutory programme of study at Key Stage 3. The statutory programmes of study are an important element of the wider curriculum and establish the core entitlement for all pupils.

In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

During the key stage pupils are offered opportunities that are integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with different design concepts and processes within the different material areas provided in this subject. The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to:

  • analyse products to learn how they function
  • undertake focused tasks that develop knowledge, skills and understanding of design and make assignments.
  • engage in design and make assignments including for purposes and uses beyond the classroom
  • work individually and in teams, taking on different roles and responsibilities
  • work with designers and makers where possible to develop an understanding of the product design process
  • use ICT as appropriate for image capture and generation; data acquisition, capture and handling; controlling; and product realisation
  • make links between design and technology and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY KS4

BTEC TECH Award – Engineering

Exam Board: Pearson/Edexcel

Overview

This qualification will help you acquire knowledge, understanding and technical skills through work-related contexts as part of their Key Stage 4 learning.

The qualification is equivalent to and compliments GCSEs to help develop work-related skills in the Engineering sector. It will help broaden your experience and understanding of where your studies can take you in the future.

Course Structure

The course is split into three components.

Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications (Internally assessed) Learners will explore the links between the various engineering sectors and the role of design in the production of engineered products.

Component 2: Investigating an Engineering Project (Internally assessed) Learners will investigate the selection of materials, proprietary components, making processes and disassembly of a given engineered product. They will plan, reproduce, inspect and test a single component.

Component 3: Responding to an Engineering Brief (Externally assessed in February and May of Year 11) Learners will investigate and create solutions to problems in response to given engineering briefs.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through tasks set by your teacher that could take the form of presentations, practical assessments and reflective journals, and one exam with a set-task.

Where will this qualification take me?

After completing your BTEC Tech Award, you will be in a great position to continue study. You can go on to further academic study such as A-levels, or further Level 3 vocational subjects such as the BTEC Level 3 National in Engineering

Resources

BTEC Engineering Student Book ISBN: 9781292218922

 

BTEC TECH Award – Health and Social Care

Exam Board: Pearson/Edexcel

Overview

This qualification will help you acquire knowledge, understanding and technical skills through work-related contexts as part of your Key Stage 4 learning.

The qualification is equivalent to and compliments GCSEs to help develop work-related skills in the Health and Social Care sector. It will help broaden your experience and understanding of where your studies can take you in the future.

Course Structure

The course is split into three components.

Component 1: Human Lifespan development (Internally assessed) Learners will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.

Component 2: Health and Social care services and values (Internally assessed) Learners study and explore practically, health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values.

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing (Externally assessed in February and May of Year 11) Learners will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through tasks set by your teacher that could take the form of presentations, practical assessments and reflective journals, and one exam with a set-task.

Where will this qualification take me?

After completing your BTEC Tech Award, you will be in a great position to continue study. You can go on to further academic study such as A-levels, or further Level 3 vocational subjects such as the BTEC Level 3 National in Health and Social Care.

Resources

BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care Student Book. ISBN: 9781292200927

Design & Technology: Electronic Products (grades 9 – 1)

Exam Board: AQA GCSE

Controlled Assessment: 35 hours – Design & Make assignment – 50%

Examination:  50% – 2 hours – 100 marks

The new specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make quality products using a range of materials with creativity, originality and flair. It sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating.

The specification is split into 2 assessments;

The examination has 3 sections;

Section A – Core technical Principles (20 marks)

A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Several short answer questions (2- 5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)

A mixture of short answer and extended response questions including a 12-mark question.

The Controlled Assessment is a substantial design and make task where candidates will be assessed on the following 4 criteria

1 – Investigating

2 – Designing

3 – Making

4 – Analysing and Evaluating

Candidates will have a choice of contextual challenges to choose from based on their specialist material. Each candidate will be required to produce a working prototype and a portfolio of evidence.

Design & Technology: Textiles (grades 9 – 1)

Exam Board: AQA GCSE

Controlled Assessment: 35 hours – Design & Make assignment – 50%

Examination:  50% – 2 hours – 100 marks

The new specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make quality products using a range of materials with creativity, originality and flair. It sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating.

The specification is split into 2 assessments;

The examination has 3 sections;

Section A – Core technical Principles (20 marks)

A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Several short answer questions (2- 5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)

A mixture of short answer and extended response questions including a 12-mark question.

The Controlled Assessment is a substantial design and make task where candidates will be assessed on the following 4 criteria

1 – Investigating

2 – Designing

3 – Making

4 – Analysing and Evaluating

Candidates will have a choice of contextual challenges to choose from based on their specialist material. Each candidate will be required to produce a working prototype and a portfolio of evidence.

WJEC LEVEL 1 / 2 AWARD in HOSPITALITY AND CATERING

The WJEC Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. It is most suitable as a foundation for further study. This further study would provide learners with the opportunity to develop a range of specialist and general skills that would support their progression to employment. Employment in hospitality and catering can range from waiting staff, receptionists and catering assistants to chefs, hotel and bar managers and food technologists working for supermarket chains. All of these roles require further education and training either through apprenticeships or further and higher education.

This approach also enables learners to learn in such a way that they develop:

  • skills required for independent learning and development
  • a range of generic and transferable skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project based research, development and presentation
  • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment.

How you will be assessed

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry

This is your written exam sat in June of Year 11

Online written examination

1 hour 30 mins – Max 90 mark

40% of your grade

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action

This is your Non Exam Assessment (NEA) Internally assessed by your teacher and externally moderated. Practical exam is to plan, cook and serve two complete dishes (with accompaniments) in yr11.

9 hours, including a 3 hour practical exam

60% of your final grade