Design & Technology

    Introduction

    Students study Design and Technology in a recently refurbished design studio and workshops. The facilities are excellent and the work produced by the pupils at all levels is of a very high standard. The design studio is equipped with a laser cutter and 3-D printer, kindly donated by Owen Mumford, who the Department works in partnership with.

    All areas of Design and Technology are covered at KS3.
    GCSE subjects studied include:Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles.

    We are also one of the few Departments in the Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire areas that offers: Food, Textiles and Product Design (which includes Graphics and Resistant Materials) at A/S and A Level.

    It is not unusual for students leaving after "A" level to study Design at the top Universities for this subject.

    Key Stage 3

    Year 7

    Many students will only have had limited experience of Design and Technology, although experiences do vary and we are able to cater for this mixed ability, with extension work, support material and after school clubs.

    Students start with the projects below, which will be introduced on the induction day in year 6. During the summer vacation before students start at Chipping Norton school they are advised to collect 2 or 3 A4 sheets of information on their first project.

    Vehicle project - Project Focus-Modelling and design.

    This project introduces students to the design process, the use of basic hand tools and machines in the workshop.

    Mechanical toy project - Project Focus-Modelling and mechanisms.

    Pupils have often completed a mechanisms project at their Primary school and this project builds on these skills.

    Picture Frame project - Focus-Design and wood joints.

    Pupils are encouraged to design and make a creative, interesting picture frame. The brief is to design and make a picture frame that could be sold in a local tourist shop.

    Sock Monster project - Focus-Textiles.

    Pupils design and hand stitch a sock monster.

    Course structure

    The content of the course is taught in modules, and in year 7 this is now normally with the same teacher throughout the year. This enables us to understand each students strengths and move them towards their individual targets.

    Students are given design and knowledge booklets that are used in the first two weeks of each module to teach what is required for the practical and we encourage all parents to look at these with their son or daughter.

    The assessment criteria are described in each booklet. These are discussed with students, in conjunction with examples of previous student's practical work and the displays of year 7 design work in the classrooms. Parents are also welcome to come and see this exemplar work.
    Modules are not necessarily taught in the same order as above.

    Year 8

    Electronics/Control

    Students, design and make a small light that uses a programmable chip to control the flashing sequence of a set of LEDs. Through a computer based design package, students explore the way electronic components (resistors, capacitors, diodes and transistors) work and their effect on the flow of electricity. The circuit design is then converted into a PCB layout using a CAD package and a PCB produced using a photo resist etch techniques. The circuit is then tested and assembled into a case of the students own design, which is designed using CAD software and cut on the laser cutter.

    Food

    Students have the opportunity to build and develop skills in the kitchen through the planning, preparation and cooking of eight recipes. The theory covers the key areas of Hygiene, Healthy Eating, Wise Choices for Shopping and Basic Food Science, linked to the recipes. Students are encouraged to develop their organisational skills, team work and time management throughout the module.

    Textiles

    Students learn to set up and use a sewing machine and how to apply patterns to fabric. There is a particular focus on stencilling, tie-dye and appliqué. Students are expected to design and make a pennant and small cushion in order to showcase the skills they have learnt.

    Graphics

    Students design and make a travel game. The main aim of this project is to introduce students to CAD. Initially students research existing products to identify the features they need to include in their product. Based on their research they design their own game and produce it using Paintshop Pro, an industry standard computer programme.

    In year 8 students build on the skills developed in year 7. However, unlike year 7 four projects are taught on a carousel basis, each delivered by a subject specialist.

    Year 9

    In year 9 students build on the skills learnt in year 8. Year 9 is the last opportunity for students to sample the different areas of Technology before the options later on in the year.

    As in previous years it is also useful if students can begin to research the topics below before they start each module.

    Food

    The Food module builds on the skills covered in the Year 8 course. Students are involved in 7 practical activities which aim to improve independence, organisation, efficiency and skill levels in the kitchen. Emphasis is placed on planning, evaluation and team work. The module covers Hygiene, Dietary needs, Food choices and basic Nutrition.

    Textiles

    Students will design and make a textile product made from recycled plastic bags. They are also expected to focus on some of the environmental issues connected to the Textiles industry. Emphasis is on appliqué and CAM skills using the computerised sewing machine and sublimation printer.

    Resistant Materials

    Pupils learn to design and accurately prepare, cut, join and finish resistant materials. There is a choice of briefs to suit all ability levels. Students can either design a clock, a mobile phone holder or a jewellery holder from a combination of wood metal or plastic.

    Graphics

    Pupils design their own graphics for a mug which they then package to their own design.

    Key Stage 4

     

    GCSE WJEC Home Economics: Food & Nutrition (Y11)

    This course consists of 2 Units:

    • Unit 1: Written Paper - 40% (1 1/2 hours)
    • Unit 2: Controlled Coursework - 60% (Internally assessed, externally moderated)

    Task 1: 20% (40 marks) completed in Year 10

    Task 2: 40% (80 marks) completed in Year 11

    The theory units cover four Key areas of:

    1. Nutrition, Diet and Health throughout Life
    2. Factors affecting Consumer Choice
    3. Nutritional, Physical, Chemical and Sensory properties of Food in Storage, Preparation and Cooking.
    4. Food Hygiene and Safety

     

    GCSE Eduqas: Food Preparation & Nutrition (Y10)

    This course consists of 2 Components:

    • Component 1: Written Paper – 50% (1¾ hours)
    • Component 2: Controlled Coursework - 50% (Internally assessed, externally moderated)

    Task 1 - 15% (30 marks) completed in Year 11

    Task 2 - 35% (70 marks) completed in Year 11

    The theory units cover six Key areas of:

    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

    AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Graphics

    Unit 1: Written paper. Two hours - 40% of the final grade.

    This paper is taken at the end of year 11. Students will be studying for this throughout the course through written and short practical tasks.

    Pre-release material is issued for the design part of the paper, which gives students the design topic for the exam.

    Unit 2: Controlled Assessment, approx 45 hours - 60% of total grade.

    This is a single design and make activity. Students choose a brief from a wide range of tasks set by the Exam Board.

     

    AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials 4560

    Unit 1: Written paper. Two hours - 40% of the final grade.

    This paper is taken at the end of year 11. Students will be studying for this throughout the course through written and short practical tasks.

    Pre-release material is issued for the design part of the paper, which gives students the design topic for the exam.

    Course content includes: Materials and components, sustainability, health and safety, consumer rights and manufacturing processes.

    Unit 2: Controlled Assessment, approx 45 hours - 60% of total grade.

    This is a single design and make activity. Students choose a brief from a wide range of tasks set by the Exam Board.

    In year 10 students complete laminating, sand casting and engineering projects to
    introduce the practical and folder work skills required.

    Typical projects designed and made in year 11 are: coffee tables, small cabinets and recently an aluminium bike stand and a bamboo and carbon fibre mountain board were made.

     

    GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles Technology AQA 4570

    Consists of:

    Unit 1: Written paper, 2 hours - 40% of the total grade

    Pre release material required at end of March of Year 11

    Content includes:  Materials and Components, Design and Market Influences, Processes and Manufacture, Production Planning, Social, Cultural, Moral and Environmental Issues.

    Unit 2: Controlled Assessment, approx 45 hours - 60% of total grade. This consists of design and make activity chosen from broad range of tasks.

    Key Stage 5 (AS and A2 Level)

    Design and Technology: Product Design Textiles

    Students are encouraged to develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relationship between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

    The course allows students to examine topics for their contemporary relevance, looking at both a historical perspective and possible future development.

    A/S Level

    Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application - (25% of the A level).

    Students will;

    • Study and work with a variety of textile materials to enable students to understand working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability.
    • Acquire a broad knowledge of manufacturing systems, industrial and commercial practice.
    • Develop a knowledge and understanding of basic elements in design.
    • Explore various practical methods of construction and design application, working in two and three dimensional forms and using creative activities to produce outcomes.

    Unit 2 - Learning through Designing and Making - (25% of the A level).

    A portfolio of work produced from three separate design and make tasks – covering a wide range of practical construction and design application techniques, research activities, planning for manufacture and evaluation criteria.

    A2 Level

    Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture - (25% of the A level).

    Students will;

    • Further develop knowledge of materials, components, design and market influences, processes and manufacture.
    • Investigate major developments in textiles technology, especially smart materials.
    • Investigate the role of professionals within the textiles industry e.g. designer fabric and garment technologist.
    • Develop an understanding of social, moral economic and environmental implications of the textiles industry.

    Unit 4 Design and Making Practice - (25% of the A level).

    Single design and make coursework folder, brief chosen to showcase students innovation, skills and understanding of As and A2 subject content.

    NVQ Foundation courses in Design and Fashion, or degree courses in Fashion, Design and Marketing areas.

    Design and Technology: Product Design 3-D Design

    This course has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

    AS Level

    Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application, (written examination paper) - 50% at AS level - 25% at A2 level.

    All candidates are required to use their knowledge and understanding of the course in this paper. This knowledge is developed during the first year by analysing a wide range of products, watching and discussing DVD's and internet sites, as well as using the AQA text book and AQA D&T Web site. There will also be some focussed practical tasks in paper/card, wood, metal and plastic.

    Unit 2 - Learning Through Designing & Making. Coursework, (internally assessed, externally moderated) - 50% at AS level - 25% at A2 level.

    This is a design and make unit where knowledge of the subject content is applied to a design and make project of the students choice. It can either have a Graphics or Resistant Materials focus. Students start with a brief, gather and analyse research, produce a range of designs and finally model and test their ideas. Examples of projects completed in the past include marketing and packaging, board games, desk lamps, a fire guard and a camera tripod.

    A2 Level

    Unit 3 - Design & Manufacture, (written examination paper). 2hr written paper - 25% of A2 level.

    This tests the students' knowledge and understanding of materials and components, design and market influences and processes and manufacture. This will be taught using the same methods as in year 12 but will also include visits to local industries.

    Units 4 - Design and Making Practice. Coursework (internally assessed, externally moderated) - 25% of A2 level.

    Students design and make a product of their choice. Again it can be either Graphics or Resistant Materials focused. They are encouraged to gain 'expert' advice.

    After gaining an A level in this subject, previous students have gone on to University to study subjects that include; Product Design, Architecture, Marketing, Media Studies, Musical Instrument Design and Engineering, often gaining places at the top universities for their particular chosen subject.

     

    Design and Technology: Food Technology

    This specification is designed to encourage candidates to develop a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

    AS Level

    Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application, (written examination paper) - 50% at AS level - 25% at A2 level.

    At AS, candidates study nutrition and design and making food products. Knowledge of food science and the wide range of materials and components used in the making of food products are developed. Candidates are given the opportunity to develop and solve a problem relating to food design and making in the coursework, whilst the examination tests knowledge, understanding and design skills. They also gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of Food Technology.

    Unit 2 - Learning Through Designing & Making. Coursework, (internally assessed, externally moderated) - 50% at AS level - 25% at A2 level.

    A2 Level

    Unit 3 - Design & Manufacture, (written examination paper). 2hr written paper - 25% of A2 level.

    At A2, candidates build further upon the knowledge and practical skills gained at AS level. Candidates continue to develop design work, alongside an understanding of food science, processes and commercial food manufacture.

    Units 4 - Design and Making Practice. Coursework (internally assessed, externally moderated) - 25% of A2 level.

    After gaining an A level in this subject, students could go on to University to study subjects which include; Food Technology, Nutrition, Dietician, Food Product Development, Food Science.