Design & Technology consists of 4 different subjects. Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Graphics, and Textiles
The purpose of the Key Stage 3 curriculum is to give students a wide experience of all 4 areas within the subject. This is done on a rotational basis and the students rotate throughout all the subject areas. Their teacher may change with the change of subject. This gives a good basis for choosing GCSE subjects.
Design and Technology – With Food & Nutrition Specialism GCSE (AQA) Sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The topics covered are: Food, nutrition and health; Food science; Food safety; Food choice; Food provenance.
Year 10 Food will include work based on nutrition, food choice and food science as well as specific cooking techniques. Unit tests and mini NEA tasks are also included. The theory is delivered via a mix of practical sessions, theory and project based work. Year 11 students will complete 2 examined tasks.
Design and Technology – Graphics, Paper and Boards Specialism GCSE (AQA)
Design and Technology – Timber, Metal-Based Materials and Polymers Specialism GCSE (AQA)
Design and Technology – With Textiles Specialism GCSE (AQA)
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.
Students will be able to choose a specialism but will also have to opportunity to use a mix of materials alongside their chosen specialist area. All students will have the option to incorporate electronics into their products if the wish to. The NEA project is 50% of the GCSE which is a design and make project with an extensive design folio. This will track the design and manufacture of a product specified from a choice from the examination board.