Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
The content of KS3 is divided into four modules; Food, Textiles, Engineering and Resistant Materials.
To help develop an understanding of how GCSE works pupils are given level ladders that closely mirror how the KS4 curriculum is assessed. Pupils are assessed on each area of these level ladders across all four modules. Each module lasts around 15 weeks and comprises of the following:
Food: Healthy eating project based on the eatwell plate
Textiles: Patchwork Cushion Project
Engineering Year 7: Rocket Project
Engineering Year 8: Elastic Powered Vehicle Project
Resistant Materials: Train Project
Key Stage 4 (Year 9-11)
At KS4 we offer five subjects from Edexcel; Food Technology, Catering, Textiles, Engineering and Resistant Materials.
Each follows the scheme of work from the exam board and additional afterschool sessions are offered to support with both theory and practical work. Below is a break down of each subject offered:
Food Technology: This comprises of a coursework folio in which students design and make their own foods. Pupils are given a design brief provided by the exam board and are asked to produce a portfolio from research to a final design. They are then asked to complete a practical make task which is marked under exam conditions to evaluate independent cooking and quality of outcome. An exam taken at the end of the course and is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.
Textiles: This comprises of a coursework folio set to a given brief by Edexcel. This folio is used to model the design process right through to an end product which your Son/Daughter will be required to make. Over the three years pupils will be provided with the knowledge an understanding to produce a high quality textiles project along with a detailed design portfolio. An exam is then taken towards the end of the course. An exam taken at the end of the course and is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.
Engineering: In Engineering units 1, 2, 3 and 5 are covered. In unit 1 pupils learn the basic knowledge needed for their exam, in particular up and coming Engineering projects. In unit 2 pupils look at an existing product and take it apart to see how it works. Unit 3 focuses on the health and safety side of Engineering and unit 5 looks into material properties and testing. This will place your Son/Daughter in good stead should they wish to pursue an Engineering career.
Resistant Materials: This comprises of a coursework folio set to a given brief by Edexcel. This folio is used to model the design process right through to an end product which your Son/Daughter will be required to make. An exam is then taken towards the end of the course.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
Students that choose to continue their studies within Design and Technology have the following options available to them (all are dependent on the number of pupils signing up to a course):