Technology and Design gives pupils the opportunity to use materials to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to design and solve problems effectively. The subject specification is divided into four areas:
Energy and control
Materials and manufacturing processes
1 Systems room
1 Planning room
2 Manufacturing workshops
1 Material store
1 System store
Key Stage 3
During their first three years all students will be introduced to a range of materials, which will help them develop the skills and knowledge necessary to design and make products.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Technology and Design
This course allows students to gain a broad general knowledge of the main areas of Technology. All students will study a core unit, they will then study Mechanical and Pneumatic control systems or Resistant materials technology. You will then use graphic communication to solve design problems and produce a product or system as a solution to your problem.
Technology and Design Core
This unit is compulsory for all students. Topics covered include Manufacturing, Electronics, Mechanical control systems and Pneumatic control systems.
You will sit a 1 hour exam, which is externally assessed worth 20% of your total mark.
Systems and Control or Resistant Materials Technology
You will then study in more detail Mechanical and Pneumatic control systems or Resistant Materials technology.
You will sit a second 1 hour exam based on the element you have studied, this is externally assessed and worth 20% of the total mark.
You will complete a Design Assignment which is set externally.
This assignment will be marked by your teacher then externally moderated, this is worth 20% of the total mark.
You will produce a product accompanied by a portfolio which clearly displays the development of the project. The project will be produced in class, but much of the design and development work in the portfolio will be produced as homework. The grade achieved reflects the time and effort which have been applied in the production of the portfolio.
The Project and the Portfolio are worth 40% of the total mark.
Design Assignment 20%
Design Project 40%
This course leads to a GCSE with the full range of grades available from A* - G