Design & Technology

Key Stage 3


This year students learn about the importance of safety in the workshops, before embarking on a number of practical projects including a basic electronic/soldering project of a Moisture Tester and a wood/metal practical for a themed Coat Hook, all of which develop a basic understanding on the correct use of tools.  Graphical skills are taught throughout the year as part of the design process and these develop students understanding of 3D images, logos, presentation and correct drawing techniques.  These are then applied to the project work that is taught with the practical work. 


All students in Year 8 develop and improve their design and making skills through a range of topics.  Projects include a graphics and manufacturing project to develop a moulded themed chocolate bar, which links with their learning in food preparation and nutrition.  They design and make a desk Tidy with focus towards wood manipulation and finish, and an electronic product that develops their knowledge of components and circuits from that previously learnt in year 7.   There are many opportunities to show creativity and to embed practical skills needed at KS4.  They develop their graphical skills further using drawing skill gained in year 7 and in particular looking at perspective drawing using drawing skill gained in year 7. 


All students in Year 9 develop and improve their design and making skills through a range of topics.  The main focus is a study of the human scale to produce an ergonomically correct steel figure, with use of metal shaping, joining and finishing techniques.  This includes understanding how to weld metal and the importance of accuracy and health and safety to undertake these practical procedures. Students also design and make a Trinket box which develops their jointing and finishing skills with wood and plastic to get them prepared for GCSE.  Graphical skills are further developed focusing on accuracy and scale and the importance of measuring when producing in large scale.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Resistant Materials Technology 2016-18 - Year 10 

Course Title Design and Technology – Resistant Materials Technology
Examination Board AQA
Qualification GCSE
Specification 4560 Unit 1: Written Paper (45601) Unit 2: Design and Making Practical (45602)
QN Code 50046093
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Summary of course content Candidates will be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Candidates will have a working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials, building on the skills and knowledge gained at KS3. Candidates will gain an awareness of the need to consider sustainability and environmental issues and on the impact of this on their design work The specification provides an excellent route into GCSE Product Design and the Diplomas in manufacturing and product design or engineering at level 3.
How will I be assessed? Unit 1: Written Paper (45601) 2 hours –120 marks – 40% Candidates answer all questions in two sections.  Pre-Release material issued on topic. Unit 2: Design and Making Practical (45602) Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60% Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of tasks set by the exam board
What type of activities take place in lessons? Year 10 is focused on revising skills learnt in KS3 and building the additional knowledge needed for the course.  This will include a design portfolio of information about the key materials and processes.  The portfolio will include:  research tasks and note making, question papers and end of unit tests, which will be used as revision for the final GCSE exam.  Within this portfolio practical tasks are built in which reinforce the learning taking place.   This portfolio is key to the success of the controlled assessment as pupils gain enough knowledge and understanding to be able to work independently and make informed choices about what they develop as their controlled assessment task.  Controlled assessment is started in the summer term of year 10, allowing candidates the full 45hours to complete a high standard of work.
What type of homework tasks will be set? Homework will be a range of small projects, research, finishing class tasks and revision.
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How will this help students in the future? The specification provides an excellent route into GCSE Product Design and the Diplomas in manufacturing and product design or engineering at level 3. Vocational careers in practical areas such as construction, building and engineering.
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? It will develop a deeper understanding of all materials and their properties and a deeper understanding of the impact on the environment
What Skills will I develop? Practical Skills Problem Solving Skills Presentation Skills Communication Skills