Key stage 4 Design Technology learning opportunities
Pupils in years 10-11 have the opportunity to choose from a suite of subjects which come under the broad term of Design Technology. All qualifications’ offered are either GCSE courses or Level 1-2 courses which are GCSE equivalents and give learners the best opportunity to achieve at the highest level due to the syllabus chosen.
Current options include GCSE Engineering, Resistant materials and Food Technology and NCFE craft (resistant materials) and Food and cookery. Additional qualifications delivered by the teaching team are OCR Level 1-2 Child development and GCSE Health & Social Care.
NCFE in Creative Craft (Resistant Materials)
Studied by Year10 learners
This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above. The qualification is designed for learners with an interest in Resistant Materials and can be delivered in a variety of contexts.
Students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of materials that can be constructed to create exciting and innovative products, designed and manufactured to their own specification.
Learners taking this qualification will study the following:
Unit 1 – Exploring craft and enterprise skills
At this level, learners will develop techniques to use the materials and resources appropriately and will observe health and safety procedures. Learners will also identify and explore enterprising project opportunities, selecting one to develop further. The unit encourages learners to reflect on their own enterprise skills and to relate them to their own career progression.
Unit 02 - Research and develop design ideas for products
Learners will draw ideas from a range of sources to explore possible ways forward and will develop them creatively to achieve their intended outcome(s).
Learners will record significant points of development in their product and will reflect on what they have done, making appropriate modifications in response to circumstances and feedback from teachers and peers.
Learners will follow health and safety procedures when developing and adapting
Unit 03 Respond to a craft brief
In this unit, learners will use the information from a range of sources they research to inform their ideas in response to a given design brief.
Learners will use visual techniques to present their final idea together with a costed project plan
Unit 04 Produce final product
In this unit learners will prepare and produce final product (s) following health and safety procedures. Learners will demonstrate a level of skill when using materials and techniques and will set and adhere to their own targets for production.
Learners will evaluate what they have learnt through the production process and how their final item(s) portrays their original ideas and intentions.
Learners will reflect on their own technical skills
How will you be assessed?
There are two different assessment types.
Unit 01, 02 & 04: Internally assessed from a portfolio of evidence. This will be marked by centre staff and externally moderated.
Unit 03: External assessment paper 25%. This will be graded by NCFE