A Level Product Design
AQA Product Design Year 12
The AS course begins with a short design and model project to help develop students graphical, ICT (use of Photoshop and Pro Desktop 8) and modelling skills. The course then develops into two short coursework projects using a range of appropriate materials and processes. The course is assessed as 50% coursework and 50% examination.
AQA Product Design Year 13
The A2 course is a progression of the skills at AS. Designing and making skills are developed further and use of Photoshop and Pro Desktop 8 is extended to more difficult outcomes. Students design and rigorous manufacture quality products embedding a wide range of knowledge and skills. The course is assessed as 50% coursework and 50% examination.
GCSE Design and Technology
EDEXCEL RESISTANT MATERIALS
Year 10 and 11 Resistant Materials
The GCSE is made up of two components a coursework project and an examination. Students undertake two pieces of coursework, one based on design and the other on manufacture. The design project involves the production of a portfolio of written evidence, the manufacture project focuses on leading to a high quality practical outcome.
Resistant materials is an opted subject in year 9. There is a need for students to develop the skills of a designer through CAD design, development and manufacture stages. Students will complete a design and manufacture project in graphic/ resistant materials, gaining a full appreciation of the design process which will aid a transition into KS4/GCSE.
Hospitality and Catering
Hospitality Year 10
In year 10 students study WJEC GCSE Hospitality. They will complete one piece of coursework worth 60% of their GCSE grade. They will carry out a planned hospitality event. Students will complete this in the summer term of year 10.
Catering Year 11
In year 11 students study GCSE Catering. They will complete two pieces of coursework worth 60% of their GCSE grade. They will develop a range of catering skills. Students will complete this course in the summer term of year 11.
KS3 Design and Technology
Year 7 Resistant materials and Graphics
The emphasis here is upon the students gaining basic skills. The students will learn how to use wood and will use hand tools and some machinery to produce a pine mobile phone/ MP3 holder. The students also develop their basic skills graphic skills with a project that develops 2D sketching and some CAD/CAM work.
Year 7 Food
The emphasis here is upon developing students’ practical skills. Students complete a range of focused practical tasks and have the opportunity to design, plan and make their own food product. The emphasis will be on healthy eating and fruits and vegetables.
Year 8 Food
Students will complete practical and theory work to develop their knowledge and understanding of food science and nutrition. The theme is staple foods and students will learn about rice, potatoes, pasta and bread. Emphasis will be on nutrition, developing practical food skills, understanding food provenance, making quality products and deepening knowledge of the underlying science.
Year 8 Resistant Materials
Students will learn to use a range of CAD, graphic and resistant material skills and equipment to design and manufacture a product, whilst developing their knowledge and understanding of the lamination process.
Year 9 Resistant Materials
At this stage students have opted to take resistant materials and so take 2 lessons a week. They will complete a design project on solar lights which teaches students professional drawing skills using single point perspective and isometric. A great emphasis is also put on developing CAD skills.
Year 9 Food
Students will learn a wide range of food skills including pastry making, knife skills, piping, icing, garnishing and sauce making. They will learn to produce high quality food products. Building on from year 8, they will deepen their understanding of the functions of ingredients in recipes learning how foods thicken and set. They will examine nutrients in greater detail, developing the knowledge and understanding of the functions and sources of a wide range of macro and micro nutrients.
Year 9 Resistant Materials and Food
At this stage students have opted to take a combination of resistant materials and food, so they take 2 lessons a week. They will complete a design project on solar lights which develops professional drawing skills using single point perspective and isometric.
Students will learn a range of food skills and will learn how to produce high quality food products. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of the functions of ingredients and nutrition.