Designing requires social responsibility, driven by protecting the environment and making ethical resource choices. Our vision is to engage students, educate them to design sustainably. To foster the understanding of consumerism and the impact that has on people and communities. Impart the belief that design, and technological development will tackle climate change and deliver skills and knowledge that enables creative contributions for a tomorrow’s world.â€¯
Key Stage 3 (KS3) Design and technology enables students to actively be creative. It teaches them how to take risks and so become more resourceful and innovative and capable. Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world.
The projects covered at KS3 provide and excellent grounding for students to develop and apply judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral social and technical nature – in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.
The KS3 curriculum covers four main areas, Technical Knowledge, Designing, Making and Evaluating. By completing a series of design projects, covering introductory knowledge initially in year 7, which over the key stage span resistant and compliant materials they will become confident in working with tools and equipment to produce prototypes and products. Coupled with building a repertoire of material and production process knowledge. The aim is to equip students with creative, technical and practical expertise needed to further purse at GCSE level.
Through planned gaging and pitching of SOW which increase in technical challenge students tackle more demanding concept, which are assessed against the knowledge step. Knowledge steps that have been derived from the AQA NEA assessment criteria. Furthermore, students are opened to the language and content of the AQA assessment criteria at KS3 so have a seamless continuation into KS4.
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology, including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making, and apply technical and practical expertise.
Key topics studied
Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Design and Technology specifications and all exam boards.
The exams and non-exam assessment will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.
Students will complete a non-exam assessment (NEA) and an exam paper totalling 200 marks.
The NEA is a medium control unit of work which consists of a folio of work and practical product with six assessment criteria. The time allocation for the NEA is approximately 30-35 hours of lesson time and where 100 marks can be awarded. The NEA is 50% of the GCSE grade. Students must have sufficient direct supervision for the written element to ensure that the work submitted can be confidently authenticated as their own. All practical work that is submitted for assessment must be completed under direct supervision.
The Exam is a 2-hour paper consisting of three sections. This takes place in the summer term during year 11, usually June. Section A asks core technical principles questions worth 20 marks, which are a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding. Section B questions are specialist technical principle questions worth 30 marks. Here there are several short answer questions and one extended response. Section C is about designing and making principles with a mixture of short answer and extended response questions. (50 marks)
Pathway through the subject
Students will be assessed with a written examination of 2 hours, worth 100 marks and 50%
of the overall GCSE.
The ability to work in a team, to solve problems, to research, to analyse, - these are skills for almost every career, and they are skills you will be enhancing during the course.