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Design & Technology

Design and Technology is fundamental to how we live our lives. It is a practical activity supported by academic knowledge, creative drive and manual skill to make an impact on the wider world and meet human needs.

Students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Students respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.

Through design and technology students develop confidence in using practical skills, to manage their time and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate through using skills that are transferable to many other contexts.

Key Stage 5 Design & Technology

Students who enjoy Design Technology can stay on in the Sixth Form to study A Level Product Design

The aims of Design and Technology is to encourage students to:

  • make use of tacit knowledge and reflective practices in order to work with tasks that are challenging and often require definition to develop and sustain their creativity and innovative practice
  • recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high quality products
  • develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities and from a contemporary and historical perspective
  • draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas
  • draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technology activities
  • develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices
  • use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability.

Students have to demonstrate the application and understanding of:

  • materials and component
  • industrial and commercial practice
  • quality
  • health and safety
  • systems and control
  • products/outcomes and application
  • Students are asked to complete portfolios which demonstrate skills in:
  • communication of ideas and information
  • evaluation of products
  • designing
  • planning
  • making

NOTE: All schemes of work are subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

A level Results 2019

Congratulations to all A Level students

77% A*-C

100% A*-D

Best of luck in your future pursuits and well done on all the hard work

A-Level Results 2020

Congratulations to all A Level students

88% A*-C

100% A*-E

Best of luck in your future pursuits and well done on all the hard work

2020-21 A-LEVEL CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Exam (50% of A-LEVEL) -

  • no change

NEA (50% of A-LEVEL) 

  • Grid 10 'quality and accuracy of make' has been removed, reducing NEA marks from 120 to 102.
  • A 'proof of concept' model is required instead of manufacturing the product- this can be a part of their design or a small scale version of their design or include CAD modelling, to test an aspect of their design.
  • Grid 9 ‘tools and equipment’ - evidence is still required to show students can use machines, tools and equipment, but does not have to be linked to their design.
  • Grid 11 'testing and evaluation' - 'proof of concept' model(s) used to test specification criteria - Will result in fewer tests than usual.

A level Product Design

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCS in Design and Technology (Product Design) (9DT0) 

SPECIFICATION

  • Equipping students with design skills for the future – Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world.
  • Encourages creativity and innovation – At A level students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client/end user.
  • Progression from GCSE and beyond to HE/Careers – Clear progression of knowledge, understanding and design/making skills so that students will have a coherent experience of moving from the breadth of the GCSE to the specialisation depth of A level and beyond.

Component 1 (EXAM): Principles of Design and Technology (Paper code: 9DT0/01)

  • Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 50% of the qualification
  • 120 marks

Component 2 (COURSEWORK): Independent Design and Make Project (Paper code: 9DT0/02)

  • Non-examined assessment
  • 50% of the qualification
  • 120 marks

Homework
Student will receive an average of 5 hours of homework per week, across the academic year. Homework tasks will vary from written work to research, designing, revision and coursework tasks. All homework will bet set with the intention of preparing students for the exam or coursework lessons.  Coursework catch-up is available throughout the week, in consultation with class teachers.

AS Product Design

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers

AQA Advanced Subsiduary GCS in Design and Technology (Product Design) (7551) 

SPECIFICATION

Component 1 (EXAM): Technical principles

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50% of the qualification
  • 80 marks

Component 2 (COURSEWORK): Design and making principles

  • Non-examined assessment
  • Single design and make project. Context set by AQA.
  • 50% of the qualification
  • 80 marks

Homework
Student will receive an average of 5 hours of homework per week, across the academic year. Homework tasks will vary from written work to research, designing, revision and coursework tasks. All homework will bet set with the intention of preparing students for the exam or coursework lessons.