Design Technology

Subject Leader for DT and Engineering: Mr P Abel
 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Design & Technology

Exam Board: Eduqas
Level: GCSE

Course Overview

Students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.  Pupils will study for an external exam and for a non-examined assessment.

Assessment: 50% examination, 50% controlled assessment.

Vocational Award in Engineering

Exam Board: WJEC
Level: 1/2

Course Overview

The WJEC Vocational Award in Engineering provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and developing specific knowledge and skills students need to work successfully in the engineering industry.

Pupils will study the following units:

  • Unit One – Engineering Design
  • Unit Two – Producing Engineering Products
  • Unit Three – Solving Engineering Problems

Assessment: 25% Examination, 75% Coursework

 

Key Stage 5

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering

Exam Board: BTEC
Level: 3

Course Overview

This course will allow learners the opportunity to learn and understand the core principles and technologies that underpin modern engineering. It will provide them with opportunities to develop sound practical engineering investigation, design, construction, and testing skills which are critical to being a good technician and/or Incorporated Engineer.

This qualification will provide the core technical knowledge required for preparing to work in the engineering industry and reflects the nature of modern engineering. This includes:

  • Analytical and scientific methods for engineers

  • Mechanical, electrical, electronic and digital principles and applications

  • Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics

  • Health, safety and risk assessment in engineering

  • Plant and process principles and applications.

Assessment: 75% internally assessed coursework, 25% examination.

Product Design A-Level

Exam Board: Eduqas
Level: A-Level

Course Overview

  • Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. This course encourages learners to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.

Assessment: 50% internally assessed coursework, 50% examination.

 

Curriculum Content

Year 7 Design and Technology (Pupils complete three projects on a carousel)

Rotation One: Maze Game
Pupils learn some basic workshop skills whilst manufacturing a maze game.

Rotation Two: Design Skills Portfolio
Pupils learn about some of the essential skills of a designer including product analysis and creative design. This year's brief will focus on designing a new Olympic torch for the upcoming Olympic Games. 

Rotation Three: Photo Frame
Pupils will continue to develop and refine practical skills during this project.

Year 8 Design and Technology (Pupils complete three projects on a carousel)

Rotation One: Angle Poise Lamp
Pupils learn some basic workshop skills whilst manufacturing an angle poise lamp.

Rotation Two: Design Skills Portfolio
Pupils learn about some of the essential skills of a designer including product analysis and creative design. This year's brief will focus on designing a new Olympic torch for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Rotation Three: Desk Fan
Pupils will continue to develop and refine practical skills during this project.

Year 9 (WJEC Engineering)

Term 1: Engineering Design - Investigation - Target market research, existing product analysis, design brief and specification.
Term 2: Engineering Design - Design Skills - Creative design skills, engineering drawing, CAD/CAM.
Term 3: Engineering Design - Presenting information and ideas, evaluation.
Term 4-6: Unit 3: Solving Engineering Problems examination preparation.  

Year 9 (GCSE Design Technology)

Term 1-2: Project One: Sport and Leisure: Design and make a creative solution to improve an individual or group sport or activity.
Term 3: Electrical Systems.
Term 4-5: Project Two - Improving the daily life of the elderly: Look at specific needs of elderly people and design a unique product that would support their everyday lives.
Term 6: Mechanical Systems - Analyse the function of mechanical products which have pulley systems, gear systems, levers and linkages, rack and pinion, cams.

Year 10 (GCSE Design Technology)

Term 1-2: Project One: Sport and Leisure: Design and make a creative solution to improve an individual or group sport or activity.
Term 3: Electrical Systems.
Term 4-5: Project Two - Improving the daily life of the elderly: Look at specific needs of elderly people and design a unique product that would support their everyday lives.
Term 6: Mechanical Systems - Analyse the function of mechanical products which have pulley systems, gear systems, levers and linkages, rack and pinion, cams.

Year 10 (WJEC Engineering)

Term 1: Engineering Design – Investigation – Target market research, existing product analysis, design brief and specification.
Term 2: Engineering Design – Design Skills – Creative design skills, engineering drawing, CAD/CAM.
Term 3: Engineering Design – Presenting information and ideas, evaluation.
Term 4-6: Unit 3: Solving Engineering Problems examination preparation

Year 11 (WJEC Engineering)

Term 1-3: Completion of outstanding coursework tasks, engineer’s toolbox project.
Term 4-6: Coursework improvement, engineer’s toolbox project.

Year 11 (GCSE Design Technology)

Term 1-3: Completion of externally moderated coursework assignment.
Term 4-6: Examination preparation.

Sixth Form Provision

Extended Certificate in Engineering 

Level 3

Year One

  •  Engineering Principles

  • 2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team

Year Two

     3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
  • 10 Computer Aided Design in Engineering

Product Design

A-Level

Year One

  • Technical Principles

  • Designing and making principles

Year Two

Term 1-3: Completion of externally moderated coursework assignment.
Term 4-6: Examination preparation.

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