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Design Technology - KS4

 

Design and Technology at KS4 can be studied as part of the options process and there are a number of courses to choose from when deciding which area you would like to pursue.

Most of the courses have a coursework element which amounts to 60% of the final mark, with an externally assessed examination component making up the rest of the marks.

As coursework is such an integral part of the course, it is important that you realise you cannot change from one course to another after you have begun in September. Spend time in Year 9 making the right choices.

You need to think carefully about the areas you have enjoyed in the first three years of your Design and Technology lessons. As you know, you are taught in smaller groups for Technology than most other subjects.

The choices you will have in your option booklets are as follow:

 

GCSE RESISTANT MATERIALS 
 

What’s it all about? 

Our aim in Resistant Materials is to focus and develop skills in 3-dimensional design and problem solving activities. It involves shaping and forming materials to produce high quality products with commercial potential and related aspects of marketing and business. 

This is a craft-orientated, practical option which would serve as an excellent basis for any design discipline. You will be working with wood and plastic as your focused material areas.

Below are some high quality examples of recent educational toy products made as part of the final GCSE project.

 
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GCSE GRAPHIC PRODUCTS 
 

What’s it all about? 

This area of focus is concerned with the development of skills, knowledge and understanding required when handling and studying graphic products. Students are able to develop skills in using a wide range of graphical techniques used for the communication of ideas and solutions through drawings, diagrams and models. These techniques range from traditional drawing methods to the use of the latest computer drafting techniques 

Below are some high quality examples of recent game board packages made as part of the final GCSE project.

 
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GCSE TEXTILES 

 

What’s it all about? 

Pupils will be expected to complete two units of work in which they will learn how to use textile techniques including dyeing, printing, appliqué, beading, batik, quilting, embroidery, hand and machine stitching, embellishment, bonding, constructed and applied textiles, fashion and costume design. Pupils will develop their practical skills in order to design and make a garment suitable to the design brief given.

Year 9 

Pupils will develop their practical skills during the first year of the course. Pupils will be expected to work independently in order to create a number of different decorative techniques. The skills developed will then be used to complete coursework in years 10 and 11.

Year 10

Pupils will develop and make use of the skills learnt in year 9, to complete coursework, this is work 60% of their final mark. 

 Year 11

 Pupils will consolidate their knowledge and learning of the course. Pupils will complete a written examination that is worth 40% of the final grade.  

 

 

LEVEL 2 WJEC Hospitality and Catering

What’s it all about? 

Hospitality and Catering has been designed to develop the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication.

 

Year 9

Pupils will develop their practical skills during the first year of the course. Pupils will be expected to work independently in order to create a number of different products and techniques such as bread making, pastry making, pasta, sauces and cakes. The skills developed will then be used to complete coursework in years 10 and 11.

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry
  • Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action

 

Year 10

Pupils will develop their understanding of the Hospitality and Catering industry. Pupils will be expected to produce a piece of coursework -

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action is internally assessed: this is a piece of controlled assessment (coursework) pupils demonstrate their understanding of unit 1 and show learning of the catering industry.

Year 11

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry will be externally assessed.  This is an on-line external assessment, the duration of the assessment is 90 minutes. The number of marks awarded is 90.

Both assessments will be marked and graded as follows; Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.