Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Design Technology

Design Technology

Design and Technology, alongside Maths and Sciences, gives you the skills you need for employment in key growth sectors like advanced manufacturing, design, engineering and creative industries

It is the subject where you have to make decisions, plan and predict, design creative and innovative solutions to problems, evaluate and assess the consequences of your decisions.

Design and Technology stretches and challenges you and makes you think creatively about many key issues which affect people’s lives.

It will hopefully inspire you to follow a career in areas which are vital for the future of our country and perhaps to be an entrepreneur who designs and makes products that people want. It brings real world issues and industry issues into your classroom and helps to prepare you for life in an advanced technological society.

DT Year 11The Design and Technology Department aims to appeal to all areas of design, whether they are inclined towards the technical nature of manufacturing or the creative elements in product design.  Pupils are given the opportunity to discover many of the aspects of the design world. The department encourages pupils to combine their design and making skills with knowledge and understanding of materials, manufacturing and design issues.

The AS and A Level courses encourage pupils to take a broad view of Design and Technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. This course would be of particular use to anyone considering a profession where graphical and problem solving skills and a knowledge of technology are valued, and for entry into university on Technology, Engineering and all Design based courses.

During the first year of the course pupils develop their practical skills through focused tasks. This prepares students for their GCSE Coursework and examination which is taken at the end of Year 11.

This will focus on:

Core technical principles

Specialist technical principles

Designing and making principles

50% of the total marks
100 marks
2 hours

During the second year of the course pupils are required to complete a single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence.

50% of the total marks
100 marks

The design folder should consist of approximately:

20 pages of A3 paper
equivalent A4 paper
or the ICT equivalent

It is expected that students should spend approximately 30-35 hours on this activity. This will happen during lessons in Year 11.

As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

At AS students will complete two units:

Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application
50% AS 25% A Level
Unit 1 is assessed by a 2-hour synoptic examination. It tests the candidates design ability as well as their knowledge of materials and components, e.g. wood, metal, plastic and other relevant resistant materials.

Unit 2: Learning through Designing and Making
50% AS 25% A Level
Candidates undertake coursework that may take in a number of forms; a single design and make project, two smaller projects and/or a portfolio of work. The unit provides candidates the opportunity to develop designing and practical skills while completing a product of their choice.

Candidates who wish to add to their AS must complete Units 3 & 4 to gain an A Level in the second year of the 6th Form

Unit 3: Design and Manufacture
25% A Level
Unit 3 is a 2-hour written paper which will include sufficient synoptic assessment to test the candidates’ understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject and their holistic understanding of the subject.

Unit 4: Design and Making Practice
25% A Level
Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity. The coursework will represent approximately 60 hours of work.

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