Technology Subject Courses
Key Stages 3 and 4
The KS3 food curriculum develops Basic Practical Skills in Year 7, introduces Healthy Eating into recipes in Year 8 and encourages modifying traditional meals in Year 9. Studying Food Technology at GCSE develops existing skills and extends them to high level finishing techniques with students developing a product for a specific purpose or target group.
AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE
This new AQA course will allow students to learn about the science and health of food as well as extending their practical knowledge of skills and equipment to make high quality products. Students will use knowledge of nutrition, food science, food safety and look at where our food ingredients come from to combine a wide range of 12 practical skills in food preparation. All assessment of practical work and the written exam happens in Year 11 with Year 10 used to practice and consolidate knowledge, knife skills, recipe modifications and organisation.
Main book(s) used at GCSE:
AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (Hodder Education)
Throughout KS3 students complete design and make projects each increasing in complexity. In year 7 the focus is upon designing and learning hand and machine skills. In year 8 cultural influence and sustainability are key themes and students are taught more complicated skills, such as how to inset a zip. By year 9 students are designing 3D patterns and learning about fibres and smart materials.
The GCSE course starts with students learning a range of textiles techniques, and creating samples of these to build a portfolio of knowledge they can refer to. They then go on to design and create a baby dress or dungarees, which often spark the interest of students. They then are given a bit more freedom in designing and making a bag of their choice, which encourages a lot of individuality. Year 10 ends with students starting to research and form ideas for their final year 11 Controlled Assessment.
Year 7 cushion
Systems and Control
In year 7 students learn how to make and solder their own PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards). During KS3 they will design and make several products including a random number generator, a lamp and an MP3 amplifier/speaker. They will learn about different ways to house their circuits and be involved in increasing complex circuits, one of which features a PIC microcontroller, which they programme themselves.
In year 10 students build upon skills learnt in KS3. Theory covers important electronics knowledge as well as mechanisms and industrial practices. We introduce greater use of CAD/CAM and the designing and making of their own PCBs. Short projects throughout year 10 give students the knowledge and confidence to design products in year 11 which can be interactive. The end products often incorporate mechanical systems as well as electronics.
Graphics skills are taught through the various Design Technology projects throughout KS3. Students learn basic drawing techniques: how to present ideas in three dimensions views and also in orthographic projection. Computer Aided Design is covered in several projects and usually leads to a product which is manufactured using the 3D printer, vinyl cutter, or one of our laser cutters. We also encourage neatness in all project work, acknowledging that attractive presentation is important for effective communication of ideas. Graphic Products in KS3 include packaging for cable tidy in year 7, the lamp shades in year 8, film posters, badges and other advertising merchandise.
Through realistic design & make projects at KS4 we learn about materials used for modelling and packaging and printing techniques. The GCSE projects involve making 2D & 3D products using a range of materials and techniques. Areas of study include the design of packaging for a chocolate bar & the related point of sale display and the design of theatrical scenery or film sets which are then made in model form. Students choose from a range of design briefs for their final year 11 project.
Main books used in GCSE AQA Graphic Products
AQA Design and Technology Graphic Products (Nelson Thomas)
GSCE Design & Technology Graphic Products Revision Essentials (Collins)
During Key Stage 3 students will experience designing and making in a range of resistant materials: wood, metal and plastic. Sometimes they will work on a design and make project using a single material, like the wooden vehicle in year 7, or the metal animals in year 8. At other times they will choose and use from a selection of materials, as in the amplifier project in year 9.
During year ten we focus on two main projects, one developing skills in constructing using wood and the other using metal. Both projects are designed by the students on a theme of storage. For the Controlled Assessment Students spend almost all of year 11 designing and making one project.
Main books used in GCSE AQA Resistant Materials Graphic Products
AQA Design and Technology Resistant Materials Technology (Nelson Thomas)
GCSE Design & Technology for AQA Resistant Materials (Heinemann)
GSCE Design & Technology Resistant Materials Revision Essentials (Collins)
– Not part of the Design and Technology suite, but delivered by one of our team
The GCSE Home Economics: Child Development course is available for Year 10 & Year 11 students only. The course looks at the development of a child under the age of 5years. Topic areas include looking at the different types of families in today’s society compared to the previous roles of families. They will learn when it is the right time to plan for a family, reproduction, conception, pregnancy and the development of the baby until it is born. As the child develops into a toddler students will study the average physical, intellectual, emotional and social development skills for the milestone ages. The course is assessed through 3 short tasks and 1 larger Child Study project with a final examination assessment.
Main books used in GCSE OCR Child Development
OCR GCSE Home Economics Child Development Student Book (Heinemann)
GCSE Child Development Revision Guide Essentials (Collins)
Key Stage 5
At KS5 students have the opportunity to study the AQA A level Product Design course either to AS or to A2 level. AS involves further development of designing and making skills through the production of a portfolio and an end of course examination and A2 involves a major project submission and a synoptic examination paper. Over the years our students have designed and made some truly fantastic products including furniture, jewellery, lighting solutions and fully functioning musical instruments.
We are also able to offer AQA A level Food Technology and A level Textiles.