Design and Technology

General information:

Design and Technology (D&T) is purposeful, as well as being fun and exciting! It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.

Within the department, we offer Food and Nutrition as a stand-alone subject. As a department we provide opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. We also understand that a creative subject enables students to access a broad and balanced curriculum, where they are encouraged to develop independent thinking; take responsible risks in a nurturing environment and be individual.

The Design and Technology department creates its own learning resources at Key Stage 3 which enables us to maximise the students experience in the department in terms of access to a broad range of resources equipment and learning opportunities. All KS3 students evidence their work in e-portfolios, which can be easily accessed at school and at home, and allows them to share this developing work with parents. Students rotate around the department working on a variety of projects of differing lengths. Within this carousel, they will also do Food and Nutrition.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Pencil Box – workshop skills working in softwood, MDF and acrylic. Comb and lap joints.

Clocks – Memphis Design Movement; 2D Design skills; laser cutting.

Puzzle Part 1 – Child Development, Photoshop, and 2D Design.

Isometric Drawing

Finishes – workshop skills working with a variety of acrylic paint, stains, oils, wax and varnish.

Puzzle Part 2 – Sublimation printing, Laser cutting, packaging design, Illustrator and die-cutting.

Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

Smell Gel – pattern repeats; smart materials; use of templates

Jewellery – using Biomimicry as design inspiration and workshop skills gravity pewter casting.  

Door Hook – workshop skills working in flat sheet mild steel, folding and bending.

Textiles – various hand embroidery stitches; Suffolk puffs and ribbon rosettes.

STEM – short cross curricular task; Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering.

Mood Light – 2D Design and laser cutting acrylic. Workshop skills working in softwood and plywood. Electronics – PCB and components.

Key Ring – workshop skills working in aluminum.

Passive Amp – workshop skills working with plywood, MDF and finishes.  

 


GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design; Resistant Materials; Food Technology

Exam board AQA

Course components:

Paper one: A single tiered paper (A* - G), testing your theory knowledge of the course. There are two parts to the paper; Section A and Section B. All questions should be answered.  A pre-release topic is provided for Section A. Written Exam, 2 hours, worth 120 marks and 40% of GCSE.

Paper two: Design and Making Practice (Controlled Assessment). Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks. The outcome includes a design folder (around 20 pages of A3) produced in an electronic format, and a three-dimensional outcome. 45 hour task undertaken in school, worth 90 marks and 60% of the total GCSE.

Controlled Assessment task must be the student’s own unaided work, is assessed by teachers, before submission to the exam board for moderation.

General information:

At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA Design and Technology Syllabuses in Product Design; Resistant Materials and Food Technology.

“Design and Technology is a phenomenally important subject. Logical, creative and practical, it’s the only opportunity students have to apply what they learn in Maths and Science.” Sir James Dyson Founder and Chairman of Dyson and Patron to the D&T Association. 

GCSE Subject Criteria for Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world. It requires creative and lateral ways of thinking; analytical, problem solving, teamwork, time management, writing, speaking and visual communication skills. Excellent skills for future careers in many, many fields – not just the creative – and highly prized by employers. You will study of a wide range of topics from materials / ingredients and their properties, manufacturing processes and techniques, experience hands – on practical assignments both in terms of researching and design and make tasks.  The aim of the Design and Technology Department at the Weald of Kent Grammar School is to develop in our students an appreciation of, love and passion for Design as well as the ability to challenge and change design. We seek to develop in our students the ability to take appropriate risks, the value of trial and error, to be open minded and independent in their approach. We tap into imagination, creativity, innovation, analysis and the ability to articulate design ideas to others. We also consider environmental and green issues in relation to material choices, renewable and non-renewable resources and the impact on society which are important world issues today.

You will learn how to understand a given brief; gather and analyse appropriate research to inform a Design Specification; produce design ideas which evolve and develop through further research, modelling, testing of materials and processes; make a final outcome and test and evaluate this against the brief and specification. You will be required to engage with potential users, discuss your ideas with them and expect critical feedback which you should use to inform the development of your work and also recommendations for the further improvement of finished outcomes.

Term

Year 10

Term

Year 11

1

Theoretical Knowledge – design, materials and manufacturing processes.
A series of focused practical tasks and design and make projects to increase key skills in your chosen Technology discipline.

1, 2 & 3

Continue with the Controlled Assessment Task – 60% of your GCSE.

2

Romeo and Juliet

3

Poetry anthology Cluster

4

Unseen Poetry – S+L Presentation

4

Exam Preparation and Revision

5 & 6

Begin the Controlled Assessment Task– responding to a given Exam Board set context. Worth 60% of the GCSE

5

Exams

6

 


A-Level Design and Technology: Product Design (3D Design)

Exam board: AQA

Course components:

Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application
Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions.
Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two.
Section 3 contains one compulsory question. Worth 50% of AS, 25% of A Level, 2 hour written paper, 80 marks.

Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making
Coursework takes the form of a Design and Make Task which clearly identifies a human need. Students are required to produce an electronic design portfolio along with a three-dimensional manufactured outcome. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level, Coursework – approx. 50 hours, 80 marks.

Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture
Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections
Candidates answer three essay style questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section. Includes synoptic assessment. Worth 25% of A Level, 2 hour written paper, 84 marks.

Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice
Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity. This is a live project, must identify a real human need determined by the student and enable them to work with a client throughout the task. Client feedback, critical evaluation and input is crucial to attaining the higher level grades. Students are required to produce an electronic design folder, clearly evidencing and justifying their design thought process along with a three-dimensional manufactured outcome. Worth 25% of A Level, Coursework – approx. 60 hours, 85 marks.

General information:

Key Stage 5 follow the AQA Design and Technology; Product Design (3D Design) AS and A2 Syllabus.

The AQA specification has been designed to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

At AS level the focus is on developing an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials and components and their uses in specific applications with particular emphasis on the life-cycle of products including manufacture, use and disposal. Students develop a good understanding of the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products. As a department, we encourage independent study and first-hand experience in practical project work to develop health and safety understanding relevant to working with materials and coursework projects are an opportunity to consider CAD / CAM; basic quality control measures; along with an understanding of the broader issues for the designer such as: environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomic and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety.

At A2 we continue to build on the skills and knowledge gained in PROD1 and PROD2 with the expectation that students will achieve this knowledge and understanding whilst working through Unit 4 coursework and further study in Materials and Components, Design and Market Influences and Processes and Manufacture.

The Design and Technology Department employs a range of teaching and learning styles and students are well supported throughout the course. There is a sense of vibrancy and creative productivity as students are encouraged to operate in a simulated Design Studio environment – discussing and debating their work with each other although all working on their own individual projects. This gives them an oversight of real life design experiences. Both units of coursework are structured and broken down into the assessed areas. There is a published schedule of Interim and Final Deadlines which is issued at the start of the year to assist with time management and meeting deadlines.

This course is suitable preparation for study at university, is an excellent combination with subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Art and Design. It can lead to a number of courses on offer such as Product Design; Industrial Design; Design Engineering; Engineering; Architecture; Interior Design; Theatre Design; Graphic Design and Exhibition Design to name but a few.

Term

Year 12

Year 13

1

Workshop Challenge, Workshop Skills. Coursework - Investigation and Research of the design task.

Coursework – Initial Ideas and Design Development.
Design & Market Influences

2

Coursework – Initial Ideas and Design Development.
Materials, components and processes.

Coursework – Design Development continued and Manufacturing.
Materials and Components.
Processes and Manufacture.

3

Coursework – Manufacturing.
Materials, components and processes.

Coursework – Manufacturing.
Processes and Manufacture.

4

Coursework – Evaluations and Recommendations.
Materials, components and processes.

Coursework – Evaluations and Recommendations.
Design & Market Influences

5

Materials, components and processes.
Revision

Design & Market Influences / Materials and Components / Processes and Manufacture. Revision.

6

Exams
Rationale for PROD4

Exams

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