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Design and Technology
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.
Design and technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.
During lessons students will:
- Investigate, disassemble and evaluate products and their applications
- Work on focused practical tasks to develop skills using a wide range of tools and machinery
- Develop an understanding of materials and their properties
- Achieve quality within their designing and sketching
- Use Computer Aided Design such as SolidWorks and 2D Design
- Use of specialist equipment such as Laser Cutters and 3D printers.
For further information please contact the Director of BDICT Miss Akhtar on firstname.lastname@example.org
At Key Stage 3 the course is delivered through projects, which combine both designing and making. The complexity of the projects increases as students progress through the key stage.
During each project a range of skills are assessed. These include: researching the task, developing ideas, making high quality accurate products using a range of tools, equipment and processes. Other areas that are also assessed include quality of presentation and finish, effort, planning and evaluation.
At Key Stage 4 we have a straightforward structure to help students prepare for the exam. There is a practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. During years 9 and 10 students will develop the skills and knowledge required for the completion of the controlled assessment.
In Year 11, through focused practical and design tasks, students will 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 electronic portfolio. Students will spend approximately 45 controlled classroom hours on this activity starting in Year 10 and ending in Year 11. This will equate to 60% of their overall grade. Theoretical lessons will be taught alongside the Controlled Assessment Task and dedicated progress sessions will take place after the submission of the controlled assessment. This will prepare them for the written paper, which makes up 40% of the course.
How to revise and prepare for exams
As we head into a more challenging and demanding curriculum, assessment and examination system it is important that students in all year groups in the Academy understand how to prepare efficiently and successfully for exams.
All students sit termly assessments, which they must prepare for using a variety of revision resources available.
We believe in teaching our students how to prepare for exams, as they are an important life skill. GCSE progress sessions for Year 11 students begin in September and runs until the summer examinations.
Helpful revision guides
- Collins GCSE Design and Technology Product Design
- GCSE Design & Technology Product Design AQA Revision Guide
- AQA GCSE Design & Technology All-in-One Revision and Practice
Key Stage 3 homework is set using drawing tasks, based around a particular theme or topic. These are graded together with the complete project. Students at KS3 will be expected to complete three homework tasks per half term.
All Key Stage 4 students will be given a comprehensive revision booklet filled with exam style questions. The revision tasks will be completed on a weekly basis and will relate to theoretical lessons taking place that week.
Design Technology GCSE is ideal preparation for AS Technology courses and a range of other post-16 Art, Design and Technology courses.
It is also good preparation for a number of careers such as but not limited to:
- Automotive engineering
- Civil engineering
- Building services
- Electrical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Architectural technology
- Digital & multimedia design
- 3D design
- Communication design
- Interaction design
- Management / administration
- Spatial designer