Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3 pupils will be taught in all the material areas in a yearly rotation. The work undertaken encourages the acquisition of practical skills and expertise with the knowledge of food, textiles, wood, metal and plastic.
During food lessons the emphasis is on healthy eating and the development of different dishes through the acquisition of catering skills.
During textile lessons skills will be taught through focused practical tasks leading to a design task based upon the study of different cultures.
During workshop product design lessons pupils will again learn practical skills through focused tasks in wood, metal and plastic, leading to design tasks that will test their understanding of the materials properties and a finished, realised functioning outcome.
Key Stage 4 - Design &Technology Product Design
This course is based upon designing and making quality products in wood, metal and plastic along with textiles. Pupils must learn to design and make products which are made accurately enough to be functionally successful and at the same time give consideration to aesthetic appeal. Pupils will learn manufacturing techniques using hand methods, machines and through computer aided manufacture.
Key Stage 5 - Product Design
Exam Board: WJEC
This course in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests.
Design and Technology develops candidates' interdisciplinary skills, all six Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. This AS/A2-Level specification is intended to be of interest to a wide range of candidates including those intending to directly follow a higher education course or career in Design and Technology or an associated area. Those with other interests and aspirations can also benefit from the many transferable skills inherent in the study of Design and Technology. It builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills established by the National Curriculum and GCSE, whilst at the same time, accommodating the needs of candidates who have not studied Design and Technology at GCSE level. It promotes progression through the AS and A Level and provides a suitable foundation for the study of Design and Technology, or a related area of study, at further or higher education and/or preparation for future employment and the world of work.
The course provides opportunities for candidates to gain a broad understanding of the skills, understanding and knowledge inherent in Design and Technology and to specialise in one focus area and encourages candidates to develop their critical thinking, to see the relationships between designer, manufacturer and user and to perceive Design and Technology within the world in which we live. Furthermore the course provides opportunities to develop their key skills, particularly those in problem solving, use of IT and communication. They will also have opportunities to develop their skills in application of number, working with others and improving own learning and performance.
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