St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
Wallasey

Design Technology

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 you will experience a range of activities in Design Technology. Your introduction to this subject is based on Health and Safety and expected standards in the DT area.

Over the course of the year you will move around the subject areas and you will complete five distinctly different units of work:

  • Wooden animal / Game in a box
  • Battery Tester
  • Structures
  • Getting started with food
  • Packed Meals

DT is all about designing and making quality products. You will go right through the design process, following simple briefs and specifications using yourself as a customer. You will design a range of products, developing 2D and 3D skills and you will also experience Computer Aided Design.

There will be great emphasis on building your skills, knowledge and confidence with tools and machinery, working safely with a variety of resistant materials, graphic and food products.

Parents can help by making sure that you are equipped for all lessons, especially for Food Technology practical lessons. Ingredients and methods are available from subject tutors and the school website.

Year 8

In Year 8 you will continue to build on your experiences in Year 7.

Over the course of the year you will again move around the subject areas and cover a variety of topics. You will complete four distinctly different units of work in Year 8:

  • Mechanical toy
  • Systems and control 'logicator'
  • Multicultural foods
  • Rubbing-in method 'function of ingredients'

As in Year 7, DT is about making quality products. In the mechanical toy unit, you will go through the design process, following a set brief, forming a specification and developing distinct design proposals for a client of your choice. You will manufacture your toy, and then evaluate it in consultation with your client.

In the systems and control unit, you will use a computer program called 'logicator' to control virtual situations with the use of flowsheets. You will then be able to upload your flowsheet to a microchip to control a buggy around a series of courses.

In the Food units you will develop your practical skills and knowledge by producing a number of dishes, based on a multicultural theme. You will also be learning about the function of ingredients, using the rubbing-in method to produce scones, pizza and fruit crumble.

GCSE Graphic Design

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep"
Scott Adams, Creator of "Dilbert" comic strip

About the Course:

This GCSE course is designed and delivered to encourage pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality.

Graphic Products

Through this course the pupils will be encouraged to learn through images to use, understand and apply colour and design to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation.  In Year 10 the pupils will undertake a series of mini projects to equip them with the skills needed for their personal project in Year 11.

In all of the above options, the pupils will be assessed over two units - a written examination in two parts and a single design and make activity.

How it will be assessed:

Unit 1 - written examination (two sections:design and knowledge based) externally marked. 40% of final mark.

Unit 2 - design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks. Marked internally and sent to the examining board for moderation.

What it prepares you for:

While studying Design Technology you will learn to think creatively and become problem solvers as individuals and members of a team, qualities highly valued by employers.  Success at GCSE enables you to progress to A level Product Design or BTEC Engineering courses.

GCSE Resistant Materials

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep"
Scott Adams, Creator of "Dilbert" comic strip

About the Course:

This GCSE course is designed and delivered to encourage pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality.

Resistant Materials

A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be taught through a series of mini projects in year 10, with the aim of equipping the pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge to complete a personal project at the end of year 10. through to year 11.

In the above options, the pupils will be assessed over two units - a written examination in two parts and a single design and make activity.

How it will be assessed:

Unit 1 - written examination (two sections:design and knowledge based) externally marked. 40% of final mark.

Unit 2 - design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks. Marked internally and sent to the examining board for moderation.

What it prepares you for:

While studying Design Technology you will learn to think creatively and become problem solvers as individuals and members of a team, qualities highly valued by employers. Success at GCSE enables you to progress to A level Product Design or BTEC Engineering courses.

AS / A2 Product Design

"Designing a product on a piece of paper then actually making it work is a fulfilling experience"
Matthew, Year 13

About the Course:

This course is intended to reflect the real world activities of professional designers. It builds upon the Resistant Materials and Graphic Products courses studied at GCSE.

At AS level pupils will develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. Also looking at the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety. This will be covered in one/two lessons a week of theory.

Students will work on project based assignments. Graphics is an integral part of the course, indeed a portfolio of work is expected as with GCSE. In addition project work does require three dimensional outcomes (you will design and manufacture more than one piece). This will be covered in the other three/four lessons a week.

At A2 pupils will continue to develop knowledge, understanding the processes and procedures used in commercial production. One major project portfolio and practical piece is expected, usually based on a theme of the students choice.

AS

Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application - 50% of Total AS marks  (Available in January & June)

Unit 2: Coursework, approx 50 Hours - Two projects with supporting design portfolio - 50% of Total AS marks  (Available in June)

A2

Unit 3: Design and Manufacture - 25% of Total A Level marks (Available in June)

Unit 4: Coursework, approx 60 Hours - One major project with supporting design portfolio - 25% of Total A Level marks  (Available in June)

How it will be assessed:

Units 1 & 3 external examination

Units 2 & 4 external assessment

What it prepares you for:

The Product Design qualification would be of benefit if you wish to pursue a career in Industrial design, CAD/CAM, Art and Design, 3D and Product Design, Interior Design, Engineering Design, Architecture, Teacher of Design Technology and many others.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, including  minimum grade C in DT.

GCSE Food Technology

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep"
Scott Adams, Creator of "Dilbert" comic strip

About the Course:

This GCSE course is designed and delivered to encourage pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality.

Food Technology

This course encourages pupils to design and make creative products with food. Pupils will gain knowledge and understanding whilst completing short focused practical tasks during Year 10. This will equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake a single design and make project in Year 11.

In all of the above options, the pupils will be assessed over two units - a written examination in two parts and a single design and make activity.

How it will be assessed:

Unit 1 - written examination (two sections:design and knowledge based) externally marked. 40% of final mark.

Unit 2 - design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks. Marked internally and sent to the examining board for moderation.

What it prepares you for:

While studying Food Technology you will learn to think creatively and become problem solvers as individuals and members of a team, qualities highly valued by employers. Success at GCSE enables you to progress to A level Product Design or BTEC Engineering courses.