|Outline of course and examples of learning outcomes:
Design Technology is an exciting and stimulating course that will allow you to design and make good quality, innovative outcomes using resistant materials and other materials as the base. If you have an interest in making functional products, or in designing products using technical and resistant materials, then this is the course for you. The course is closely linked to industrial practices and processes: you will be developing your designing skills by drawing whilst modelling your ideas using both traditional methods and CAD software and you will manufacture products using both traditional methods and latest technologies. You will:-
You will be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding, in accordance with the exam board specification, through:
- Learn to analyse and solve challenging problems in an interesting and structured way.
- Design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques including computer aided design & manufacturing (CAD CAM).
- Learn about industrial production methods.
- Learn new manufacturing skills within a resistant materials setting.
- Find new ways to develop and present your project work, eg: PowerPoint portfolio, excel gant charts and word flow diagrams, photography and displays.
- Learn about a range of designers and design movements and how they could influence your work.
- Consider how cultural and environmental issues impact on Product Design.
- Learn to test and evaluate your work during the production process.
This is a two year course and for the first part of year 10, you will continue to develop your practical skills and subject knowledge through a range of projects in much the same way as in Key Stage Three. You will work individually to develop a portfolio of work for each project you produce and also produce work on focused practical tasks to develop your production processes and design processes using a range of resistant materials and techniques of which will further develop your initial KS3 understanding.
You will also undertake some larger scale manufacturing tasks in order to understand industrial methods of production.
In the term 3 of year 10, you will commence working on your controlled assessment coursework which will be submitted for assessment in April of year 11.
This makes up 50% of the assessment which consists of an electronic folder of work and a complete practical outcome. Sketching and drawing continues to be an important part of design communication; work is scanned in to be included in the e-folio and digital photography is used extensively. You will be expected to spend approximately 45 hours on this aspect of the course.
The exam is 2 hours and consists of two parts: a design question based on a context supplied by the exam board and given to students before the exam for students to carry out preliminary research; and a section on the knowledge and understanding of Resistant Materials gained throughout the course. Exam Board – AQA. 50% is course work and 50% is examination
Independent Home Learning
You will be expected to work independently and use independent learning time to complete work ready for deadlines given for each project and to produce design work for the controlled assessment section of the exam. Home learning will be issued as a homework booklet and will be available online.