Technology and Design

Technology and Design is about designing and manufacturing practical solutions to problems through imaginative thinking.

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Technology and Design Department aims to:

  • enable pupils to become confident and responsible in solving real life problems;
  • encourage pupils to strive for creative solutions to real life problems;
  • develop pupils as independent learners, capable of adapting to any given problem or situation;
  • enable pupils to achieve product excellence; and
  • develop pupils’ social consciousness when developing products.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 3, Technology and Design is delivered over three lessons per fortnight. The subject content is delivered through design and manufacture projects where pupils experience areas such as:

  • Product Design
  • Electronics
  • Mechanisms
  • Computer Control
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Materials
  • Workshop Skills

YEAR 8 CURRICULUM

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

  • Year 8 Challenge (Problem-Solving)
  • Mini-Light (Electronics)
  • Clipboard Project (Materials)
  • Clocks Project (Mechanisms)

YEAR 9 CURRICULUM

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

  • Solar Car Challenge (Problem-Solving)
  • Safe Stuff (Electronics)
  • AudPod (Materials)
  • USB Light (Metal Work)

YEAR 10 CURRICULUM

In Year 10, pupils study the following topics:

  • Egg Drop Challenge (Problem-Solving)
  • Pods Project (Product Design)
  • Key Ring (CAD/CAM - Laser Cutting)
  • Night Light Project (Electronics)
  • USB Picture Light (Materials)

In addition, pupils will receive Bronze Crest Award certificates.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 4, the Technology and Design Department offers Technology and Design at GCSE Level.Pupils follow the CCEA specification. Technology and Design is delivered over six lessons per fortnight.

Unit 1: Theory (20%)

This unit aims to develop pupils’ understanding of design principles, how technological products function and awareness of materials and industrial processes.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 1 hour to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Theory - Specialist (20%)

This unit aims to develop pupils’ understanding of micro-electronics and controllers.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 1 hour to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 4: Design Assignment (20%)

This unit aims to enable pupils to solve design problems.

In this unit, pupils are required to research, design and solve a problem using hand drawn graphics and internet research.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 13 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 5: Project (20%)

This unit aims to enable pupils to design and manufacture a product to solve a problem or suit a need.

In this unit, pupils are required to research, design, develop and manufacture a technological product. Pupils will engage in the manufacture of electronic systems and product casings using the latest manufacturing technologies: laser cutting and 3D printing.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 30 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 5 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 5, the Technology and Design Department offers Systems Design and Product Design at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the CCEA specification. At AS and A2 Level, Systems Design and Product Design are each delivered over eleven periods per fortnight.

At AS Level, students must successfully complete two modules. A further two modules must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

AS TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN (SYSTEMS)

Unit AS 1: Product Design and Systems and Control (25%)

This unit is a study of product design including materials and their processing with an area of systems and control.

Students will study Product Design and Practice and specialist areas of Systems and Control - Electronic and Microelectronic Control Systems.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit AS 2: Product Development – Coursework (25%)

The emphasis in this unit is on the analysis and development of an existing product with a view to re-designing either the product or an aspect of it.

Students will produce a 3-dimensional model or prototype which represents the practical outcome of the product analysis and development.

A portfolio should accompany the practical component.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Students will have 45 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of AS. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

A2 TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN (SYSTEMS)

Unit A2 1: Systems and Control (25%)

This unit involves students in an in-depth study of Systems and Control in Electronics and Microelectronics.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit A2 2: System, Design and Manufacture – Coursework (25%)

In this unit, students are required to design and manufacture a technological product or system.

Students must identify a problem or need and ensure it provides sufficient scope to meet the assessment criteria. A technological product must have an energy source to make it function and include a control system comprising input, process and output.

A portfolio should accompany the practical component.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Students will have 60 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

AS TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN (PRODUCT DESIGN)

Unit AS 1: Product Design ( %)

This unit is a study of product design, including materials and their processing. Product design includes: safety, designing, product analysis and improvement and intellectual property rights.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit AS 2: Product Development – Coursework ( %)

The emphasis in this unit is on the analysis and development of an existing product, with a view to re-designing either the product or an aspect of it.

Students will produce a 3-dimensional model or prototype which represents the practical outcome of the product analysis and development.

A portfolio should accompany the practical component.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Students will have 45 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

A2 TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN (PRODUCT DESIGN)

Unit A2 1: Product Design (25%)

This unit involves students in an in-depth study of Product Design and Practice, including: environmental issues, marketing, selling products, design and ICT in manufacture and the work of product designers.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 1 hour to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit A2 2: Product Design and Manufacture – Coursework (25%)

In this unit, students are required to design and manufacture a technological product.

Students must identify a problem or need and ensure it provides sufficient scope to meet the assessment criteria. A technological product must have an energy source to make it function and include a control system comprising input, process and output. (Product design projects will focus primarily on the product and not the system.)

A portfolio should accompany the practical component.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Students will have 60 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

The Technology and Design Department contributes extensively to the school’s extra-curricular provision. Extra-curricular activities include:

  • Sentinus Young Innovators of the Future Competition
  • Participation in a range of regional, national and international engineering competition.

FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

The Technology and Design Department has two Systems Rooms (designing rooms) equipped with 32 state of art computer-aided design PC’s with the latest industrial packages. We also have two fully equipped workshops with traditional and computer control machines, including a CNC laser cutter, router and two 3D printers. These rooms are joined with a Planning Room and foyer area.

CAREERS INFORMATION

Students who studied Technology and Design to A2 Level have pursued university courses and careers in areas such as:

  • Product Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Graphic Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Teaching
  • Architecture
  • Set and Special Effects Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Computer Operator
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Designer
  • Inventor
  • Network and Communications Analyst
  • Construction
  • Interior Designer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer

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