Design & Technology

Key Stage 3 Information

Points to Note

Pupils are taught in sets during years 7 and 8.

Year 7: Food and Cooking (1 lesson per week for 18 weeks)
Pupils will:
● learn how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically;
● apply their knowledge of healthy eating based on the Eatwell Guide to make informed choices;
● develop their knowledge and understanding of ingredients and healthy eating;
● develop food preparation skills and cooking techniques.

Year 8: Diet and Health (1 lesson per week for 18 weeks)
Pupils will:
● learn how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply their knowledge of nutrition;
● further develop food preparation and cooking techniques;
● be able to apply their knowledge to make informed choices.

Key Stage 4 Information

WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering gives pupils the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, pupils will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication.

WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering

Successful completion of this qualification could support entry to qualifications that develop specific skills for work in hospitality and catering such as:
● Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Professional Food and Beverage Service Skills
● Level 2 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service Skills
● Level or Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery Where the WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering is achieved together with other relevant Level 1/2 qualifications, such as GCSEs in English and Maths and Science, learners may be able to access Level 3 qualifications relevant to the hospitality and catering sector, such as:
● WJEC Level 3 Food, Science and Nutrition (certificate and diploma)
● Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery
● Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision

Year 9, 10 and 11
Pupils will:
● understand the importance of nutrition when planning menus
● understand menu planning
● be able to cook dishes
● Understand the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate
● Understand how hospitality and catering provision operates
● Understand how hospitality and catering provision meets health and safety requirements
● Know how food can cause ill health
● Be able to propose a hospitality and catering provision to meet specific requirements

Assessment

External assessment Unit 1: Written exam, 90 minutes, Hospitality and Catering will be externally assessed using an on-line external assessment in June Internal assessment Unit 2: Non exam assessment will be internally assessed; will include research, prepare, cook and present dishes.

Links to Exam Board Specifications View the specification document (http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/hospitality-and-catering/WJEC-Level%201-2%20Award-Hospitality-and-Catering-Spec-A.pdf).

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Inter house cooking competition
  • Additional learning session one night per week

Key Stage 3 Information

Points to Note

Pupils are taught in sets during years 7 and 8.

Year 7
Pupils will complete:
● Graphics – A chocolate novelty and promotional materials including the use of the laser cutter.
● Product Design – A headphone stand made from plastic and wood which involves moulding plastics and learning about the basic workshop tools and equipment.
● Electronics – A lamp taking inspiration from famous designers that incorporates the manufacturing of circuits as well as sustainability.
● Technical 3D Drawing – A selection of interior and exterior views of buildings using both 3D hand drawing skills and specialist computer software.

Year 8
Pupils will complete:
● Graphics – An earphone wrap which is produced on the laser cutter, and accompanying packaging.
● Product Design – An architectural clock that incorporates both woods and plastics, and traditional woodworking techniques.
● Photography – A project based on the artist Sarah Graham that introduces pupils with how to use a compact camera effectively to achieve well composed photographs.
● 3D Computer drawing – Using industry standard software, pupils build their 3D C.A.D skills by designing their own retro robot.

Key Stage 4 Information

Year 9, 10 and 11

GCSE Design Technology (WJEC/Eduqas)

Pupils will:
● Identifying design possibilities
● Developing a design brief and specification
● Generating and developing design ideas
● Making a prototype
● Evaluating a prototype’s fitness for purpose

Assessment
External assessment Unit 1: 50% Exam (written paper) – 2 hours – 100 marks
Internal assessment Unit 2: 50% Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) – approximately 35 hours – 100 marks

Links to Exam Board Specifications
View the specification document (https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology/gcse/GCSE-Design-and-Technology-Specification.pdf)

Please note: Engineering is not taught at Key Stage 3.

 

Key Stage 4 Information

WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering

WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering is designed to mainly support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about engineering from the design and planning perspective.  It provides learners with a broad introduction to the engineering sector and the types of career opportunities available.

Pupils will learn about:

  • materials
  • design processes
  • engineering processes
  • the safe use of tools and equipment
  • maths that engineers use.


Assessment

External assessment Unit 3: Solving Engineering Problems 50% Written exam (1 hour 30 mins).

Internal assessment Unit 1 and 2; total 50%

  • Unit 1: Engineering Design
  • Unit 2: Producing Engineering Products


Links to Exam Board Specifications

View the specification document (www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/WJEC-Level-1-2-Award-in-Engineering-Specification-from-2013-E.pdf).


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Additional learning session one night per week

Please note: Photography is not taught at Key Stage 3.

 

Key Stage 4 Information

GCSE Art and Design (Photography)

Vibrant and dynamic, Photography gives the freedom to teach GCSE Art and Design in ways that inspire and bring out the best in all our students, whilst equipping them with the skills to continue the subject with confidence at AS, A-level and beyond.

In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as those listed below:

  • portraiture
  • location photography
  • studio photography
  • experimental imagery
  • installation
  • documentary photography
  • photo-journalism
  • moving image: film, video and animation
  • fashion photography.

They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.


Assessment

Student must complete both components.
Component 1: Portfolio 60%
Component 2: Externally set assignment 40%

Links to Exam Board Specifications

View the specification document (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/specification-at-a-glance).


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Additional learning session one night per week

Key Stage 3 Information

Points to Note
Pupils are taught in sets during years 7 and 8.

Year 7 (1 lesson per week for 18 weeks)
Pupils will:
● learn how to complete a variety of embroidery stitches;
● make a needle case;
● use the design process ie developing skills including analysing, designing and evaluating;
● make a mascot using different embroidery stitches.

Year 8 Pupils will:
● use the design process developing skills including analysing, designing and evaluating;
● make a cushion using a range of practical skills including tie dying and an introduction to machining.

 

Please note: Textiles is not taught at Key Stage 4.

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