Design and Technology: Key Stage 4
We offer Product Design, Food Technology and Hair & Beauty.
Subject: Product Design
Exam Board: Edexcel
What will I study?
Whilst studying this subject you will build innovative design skills. The specification provides clear routes for specialism in the material areas that you enjoy. The exam paper (50%) will assess the breadth of design and technology knowledge. Creative design and making is at the heart of what you will do – when completing the contextual challenge. You should enjoy communicating through drawing and be passionate about problem solving. An example of the context is extending human capacity.
You will have the freedom to take design risks and to innovate in a situation where it is safe to test and refine ideas. The aim of the course is to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.
The course consists of two Components
Component 1: Written Examination (50%)
The content is divided into two sections: core content and material categories. The core content provides students with a breadth of study and the material categories provide students with a depth of study.
All students must study the Core content plus at least one material category.
This component takes the form of an exam; the assessment is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
● There are two sections to the paper: Section A – Core content and Section B – one of the following: Metals, Papers and Boards, Polymers, Systems, Textiles or Timbers.
● Section A – students must answer all questions. This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in this section A.
● Section B – students must answer all questions. This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 5 marks of calculation questions in this section.
● Each question is set in a context.
● The paper will include open-response, graphical, calculations and extended-open-response questions.
● The paper will include questions that target mathematics - Calculators may be used in the examination.
Component 2: Non-Examined Assessment (50%)
Students will undertake a project as part of their non-examination assessment (NEA). The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating a prototype of a product that will allow them to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout their study. Students are required to analyse a given contextual challenge from a range of three on an individual basis. Having selected a contextual challenge to work within, students should develop a range of potential ideas and then realise one through practical making activities. The project must allow students to apply knowledge and understanding in a product development process to investigate, design, make and evaluate their prototype.
This project will require students to follow an iterative design process rather than a linear process requiring them to continually test, evaluate and refine ideas. The NEA consists of 100 marks and requires a portfolio and a prototype.
There are four parts to the assessment:
1 – Investigate (16 Marks)
This includes investigation of needs and research, and a product specification
2 – Design (42 Marks)
This includes producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a chosen design, communication of design ideas and review of the chosen design
3 – Make (36 Marks)
This includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy
4 – Evaluate (6 Marks)
This includes testing and evaluation.
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Subject: Food and Nutrition
Exam Board: OCR
What will I study?
Food Preparation and Nutrition aims to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The OCR qualification will enable you to cook and make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning, opportunities and career pathways as well as develop life skills that enable you to feed yourself and others affordably, now and in later life. You will develop practical cookery skills and techniques as they explore the underlying principles of food science, nutrition, food traditions and food safety. This qualification aims to bring about real sustainable change; it is relevant to the world of food today.
Food preparation and nutrition Written Exam 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of GCSE)
Food investigation task NEA 1 (15% of GCSE)
Food preparation task NEA 2 (35% of GCSE
All content is covered in all components. There are four sections.
Section A: Nutrition
The relationship between diet and health
Nutritional and dietary needs of different groups of people
Nutritional needs when selecting recipes for different groups of people
Nutritional content of the main commodity groups
Section B: Food (food provenance and food choice)
Food provenance: source and supply
Food processing and production
Technological developments to support better health and food production
Development of culinary traditions (students study British cuisine and a minimum of two international cuisines)
Factors influencing food choice
Section C: Cooking and food preparation
Section D: Skills requirements (preparation and cooking techniques)
What a Food and Nutrition qualification lead to?
This forms part of a progressive career path leading to further technical or academic food and nutrition related qualifications.
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Subject: Hair and Beauty Therapy (VRQ)
Qualification: Level 2 Certificate
Exam Board: VTCT
What will I study?
This qualification aims to support you to:
- develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of the hair and beauty sector
- develop knowledge which spans the entire vocational sector and related industries
- develop academic study and transferable skills that will support progression within the hair and beauty sector and more broadly
This qualification includes two mandatory units and two optional units.
- Understanding the hair and beauty sector (mandatory) - in this you will develop an understanding of the structure and importance of the hair and beauty sector. You will also learn about the products used, and services and treatments provided throughout the sector as well as career opportunities.
- Hair and beauty research project (mandatory) - in this unit you learn how to plan a hair and beauty research project. You will then produce a research proposal and conduct their research into a particular topic area of the hair and beauty sector.
- Hair and beauty science (optional) - in this unit you will develop an understanding of the chemistry of hair and beauty products. You will also learn about the anatomy of the skin and hair and produce a formulation for a hair and beauty product.
- Responding to a hair and beauty design brief (optional) - in this unit you will develop an understanding of design briefs throughout the hair and beauty sector. You will then be set a specific design brief to which you have to respond by researching the area, presenting your ideas and justifying your choices.
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What can a DT qualification lead to?
A GCSE DT qualification forms part of a progressive career path leading to further technical, creative or academic product design qualifications.
Not only does this course give students outstanding experience in designing and making in new exciting way, it opens up a range of possibilities on leaving school in careers such as:
Architecture, Advertising, Fashion Design, Graphic Designer, Web Design, Typographer, Interior Design, Jeweller, Ceramicist, Product Engineer, Furniture Designer, Packaging, Communications, Film, Software, Transport, Product Engineering, Landscape designer, etc.
The subject gives students a firm grounding in the skills of creativity problem-solving, communication and ICT which would apply to all careers. In a time when employers look for people who can add value, this is the subject that could give students their USP.
The aim of the course is to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.