Design & Technology

Key Stage 4

Year 10 - Design and Technology (Textiles focus)
Year 10 focuses on core practical and theory skills. In class students undertake mini practice NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) projects, including:
•    Polymers- Fashion bags
•    Textiles - 1960's dresses
•    System Control / Paper and Boards - Mood lights
•    Wood and Metal - Charm bracelets
•    Mixed Materials focussing on a client - Fiddle blankets for patients with dementia. 
These projects include using CAD/CAM with our state of the art embroidery machines, laser cutter, 3D printer and sublimation printer. For homework they undertake several research projects, covering the theory content of the course. The Non-Examined assessment is started in the Summer term. 

The Design and Technology GCSE is based on 50% exam (2 hours) and 50% NEA. 
Assessment Syllabus: AQA - Design & Technology 8552

Year 11 - Textiles
Students continue working on their controlled assessment until February half term. This involves the preparation of an A3 design folder together with a Textiles product or products. From February half term the focus is on examination preparation.
Throughout the course students continue to develop a working knowledge fabrics and components, modern and smart materials, new technologies and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills using software such as Adobe Illustrator and 2D Design. Independent learning and creativity is encouraged at all times.

The Textiles GCSE is based on 60% controlled assessment and 40% on a two hour written examination.
Assessment Syllabus: AQA - Exam 45701, Controlled Assessment 45702

From September 2017 we will be offering the new GCSE Design & Technology specification with a Textiles focus.




Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food Preparation and Nutrition is based upon teaching key life skills through ensuring students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, healthy eating, food provenance and the working characteristics of ingredients. 

Exam Board: EDUQAS 
The course is divided into 6 key learning areas: 
1. Food commodities 
2. Principles of nutrition 
3. Diet and good health 
4. The science of food 
5. Where food comes from 
6. Cooking and food preparation

Assessments (to be undertaken in Year 11)
Exam: Paper 1: Food preparation and nutrition (50%) Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
This exam will test students knowledge of the core topics: 
Section A: Questions based on stimulus material 
Section B: Structured, short and extended response questions.

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA): Task 1: Food investigation (15%) Written Report
Students’ understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.  Students will submit a written report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA): Task 2: Food preparation assessment (35%) Written Portfolio
Students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.
Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.
Students will submit a written portfolio including photographic evidence.

Which careers can this course lead to?
This course could lead you into roles such as a Chef, Food Buyer, Food Technologist, Food Developer, Food Photographer, Food Stylist, Nutritionist, Teacher, Food Scientist and many more! 


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