The Systems and Control courses give students an opportunity to explore the technological world from the perspective of the system designer rather than the consumer. They use, build and test circuits, microprocessors and robotics and gain an understanding of Logic, Flowchart structures and Basic Programming. The development of Computer Aided Design and manufacturing skills also prepares students to play a proactive part in a progressively more technological society. The knowledge and skills acquired through the study of these courses form a sound base, not only for taking the subject further, but also for employment in the scientific and technological professions. A particular strength is the way the courses balance theoretical study with practical outcomes.
During the first year of the course pupils develop their practical skills through focused tasks. This prepares students for their GCSE Coursework examination which is taken at the end of Year 11.
40% of the total marks
One paper with two sections:
A design question based on context supplied before the exam.
Covers all aspects of the specification content.
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.
60% of the total 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 45 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 and write-ups of the various stages of the process.