Design Technology

Teachers: Mrs N Finch, Mrs V Keyte, Mrs D Stoner, Miss E Cane, Mrs E Lapham

Vision 

Design and Technology is an exciting area of education. Within the department we teach Food Technology, Textiles Technology and Product Design. Design and Technology is both an academic and creative/practical subject, allowing students to develop valuable transferable skills such as problem solving, analysis and evaluation skills. 

Curriculum

Key Stage 3 

At KS3 we operate a carousel system. This means that every students gets to experience working in the three individual subject areas within D&T; Food Technology, Textiles Technology and Product Design. During each year students will develop skills in the following areas of the design cycle; research, analysis, design, development, practical, testing and evaluation. In year 9, students visit Bristol Zoo. This gives the students a context and makes their work relative to the real world. KS3 aims to develop creative individuals and give them an excellent foundation for the GCSE course.

 Key Stage 4

Exam Board: AQA – Design and Technology: Textiles

Overview:

GCSE Textiles Technology is a creative, academic subject, which will  equip students with a wide range of transferable skills; including time management, working to a brief, research, design, development, making, analysis and evaluation. In year 10 students undertake a mini project which will help develop these skills in preparation for their GCSE coursework. Students also study the theoretical aspect of Textiles and have to sit a two hour examination paper. Areas of study include; Fibres and Fabrics, Finishing Processes, Components, Design and Market Influences, Product Analysis, Sustainability, Processes and Manufacture, Production Planning and CAD/CAM. 

Assessment:  

Unit 1 Knowledge and Understanding of Textiles Technology - Examination - 40% Unit 2 Design and Making – Coursework - 60%

Exam Board: AQA – Design and Technology: Graphic Products

Overview:

GCSE Graphic Products is a very exciting, creative and interesting subject. It covers a wide range of topics including Model making, Poster design, social and cultural influences and sustainability. Over the two years of the course the students will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to Graphic products and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

Assessment:

Unit 1 Knowledge and Understanding of Graphic Products - Examination - 40%

Unit 2 Design and Making – Coursework - 60%

Exam Board: AQA – Design and Technology: Food

Overview:

 Students will gain Knowledge and Understanding in the following areas:

· The functional properties of food

· The nutritional properties of food

· The effects of combining different ingredients and the interaction of foods during preparation and cooking

· The importance of appropriate proportions on the structure, shape and volume of mixtures

· The effects of acids and alkalis

· The use of standard components in food processing

· Demonstrate competence in a range of practical food skills/methods/processes to produce quality outcomes

· Identify and use stages in the development of a food product prototype

· Labeling, packaging, product information and codes of practice

· Social, economic, cultural and environmental considerations

· The use, need and effect of additives

· Storage of Food and Food Products

· Manufacturing/Large Scale Production Requirements

· Technological Developments

Assessment:

Unit 1 Knowledge and Understanding of Food Technology - Examination - 40%

Unit 2 Design and Making – Coursework - 60%

Key Stage 5

Exam Board: AQA – A-Level Art & Design: Textiles Design

Overview:

The Art & Design Textiles course allows students to demonstrate high levels of innovation and creativity. Students will gain an awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and/or repetition. They will be able to appreciate the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief. They will understand a variety of textile methods, such as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer and fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery). Students will also learn how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artifacts created in their chosen area(s) of Textile Design. Over the two years we will explore historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres.

Assessment:  A-Level Textile Design is made up of four units. Each unit is 25% of the full A-Level. In the AS year, students will produce a coursework portfolio = 50% (25% of the full A-Level) and an externally set assignment = 50% (25% of the full A-Level). In their A2 Year, students will produce a personal investigation = 25% & an externally set assignment= 25%.

Exam Board: AQA – A-Level Design & Technology: Product Design 3D

Overview:

Product Design 3D covers a wide range of topics including design influences, sustainability, inspiration and innovation, a social and cultural influence product and smart materials. Over the two years of the course the students will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to Product Design and 3D modeling, learning invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

Assessment: A-Level Product Design 3D is made up of four units. Each unit is 25% of the full A-Level. In the AS year, students will produce a coursework portfolio = 50% (25% of the full A Level) and sit an examination paper = 50% (25% of the full A-Level). In their A2 Year, Students again produce a coursework portfolio = 25% and sit an examination paper = 25%.

Exam Board: AQA - A-level Design and Technology: Food Technology

Overview:

Food Technology has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, and food science and nutrition, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Assessment: A-Level Food Technology is made up of four units. Each unit is 25% of the full A-Level. In the AS year, students will produce a coursework portfolio = 50% (25% of the full A Level) and sit an examination paper = 50% (25% of the full A-Level). In their A2 Year, Students again produce a coursework portfolio = 25% and sit an examination paper = 25%.