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Design & Technology

KS3 Design and Technology Students are taught in mixed ability classes. They have one hour per week in Design and Technology and will all have experience of Product Design, Food Technology and Electronics by the end of Year 8. Students will build up knowledge and skills and use graphic design techniques. Students are taught a range of hand and machinery skills and are encouraged to be creative. All KS3 students will be taught food theory and practical skills based on building knowledge around healthy food and nutrition. Students at KS3 have the opportunity to further develop their skills by joining the cake decorating club after school.

KS4 Design and Technology Options Students in Years 9 to 11 follow courses in their chosen option. These courses are currently: GCSE Product Design GCSE Food and Nutrition (new course for September 2015), AQA GCSE Product Design: 3D/Food Pathway. Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.  This specification has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality using a range of materials/ingredients and techniques. Students have the opportunity to specialise in one Technology area including Food to complete Unit 2 where students work independently to complete an externally set exam task.

Course units: Unit 1: Written Paper (45551) 40% of total marks 2 hours 120 marks Candidates answer all questions in two sections Pre-Release material issued

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45552) 60% of total marks Approximately 45 hours 90 marks Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of Board set tasks. We are open for students to come and work and complete practical activities two evenings and two lunchtimes per week and students have on-hand support from their teachers.