Design & Technology

Key Stage 4

Year 10 - Design and Technology (Textiles focus)
Year 10 focuses on core practical and theory skills. In class pupils 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
Pupils 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

Year 10 

In the first two terms of year 10 pupils will develop their practical skills and knowledge and understanding of a wide range of ingredients whilst covering the theory content of the course, in particular nutrition. This will be done through practical and theory lessons and homework. In the third term pupils will work on controlled assessment which is split into two tasks. Task 1 is a Food Investigation task which is a scientific food based experiment and Task 2 is to produce a 3 course menu, in 3 hours. 

Year 11
From September to February of year 11 pupils will continue with their controlled assessment. In the remaining time they will prepare for the written examination. The controlled assessment is worth 50% of the overall grade and the written examination is also worth 50%. 



Assessment Syllabus: AQA: Food Preparation and Nutrition 8585


In Key stage 4 students are set homework for approximately 40 minutes twice a week


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