Pupils are introduced to the department and given a health and safety briefing, followed by a short Graphics project where they learn to produce good quality graphics work and they produce a simple thermometer using smart materials. They then enter the DT carousel and complete four projects, one in plastics, one in metals one in food technology and one in Textiles technology. The metal project involves design a trophy using 3mm steel which is brazed and dip coated in plastic, this is then mounted on a wooden base while the plastics project involves press forming PMMA to produce a ball bearing game. Both of these projects are 6 to 7 weeks long. In Y7 pupils also attend a lecture on Smart Materials which is given by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and complete a team challenge in examination week.
Pupils have greater time in Y8 and spend two double lessons per week within the department. Projects include examining structures through a team exercise, building a unique bird box and writing a flow diagram for the construction of the bird box, pupils are shown various finishing techniques including the use of CAD/Cam machining.
Pupils select two DT courses from the five on offer, Resistant Materials, Engineering, Graphics and Food and Textiles Technology. All of the areas are based around the theme of tourism. Pupils select a country and use that as a basis for their studies. The Resistant Materials project is a trinket box for souvenirs, and uses a variety of possible finishes including pewter casting, CAD/CAM, enamelling, pyrography, etc. The Engineering project is a stationary stand which is made within certain set tolarances and uses engineering materials. The Graphics project is based on a board game and associated packaging and uses various graphic processes in its production.
Why study Design and Technology: Resistant Materials?
Design and technology is a subject where the student has the opportunity to be creative and practical. There is a large proportion of coursework which suits some students well. Design and technology helps the student learn how to be organised, work to a plan and meet deadlines.
Features of the course:
The coursework element consists of a design folder and a practical project, the combined percentage marks for these elements equate to 50% of the GCSE. The design element consists of no more than 20 sheets. This is completed between term 3 in Year 10 and Easter of Year 11, approximately one A3 sheet every 2 weeks. The practical element can be any skilful product approved by your subject teacher, this will be produced between January of Year 11 and Easter of Year 11 and must be produced under supervised conditions.
Year 10 studies are designed to build knowledge and skills through a range of practical design projects to cover the core content. Students will use the design process to design and make a small product in wood, metal or plastic, and one using CAD/CAM and electronics. They will learn how to use tools and make the best of the properties of hard woods, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and how to draw on the computer and use the CAD/CAM machines available in school. They may also begin the research section of their GCSE coursework.
Year 11 students work on coursework throughout the year completing a supervised 40 hour project. Students have a choice of a number of themes, e.g. storage or lighting. Students research, produce the design work and complete models and testing for their practical. All work must take place in school. Students then concentrate on the practical making of their product. The coursework deadline for the folder work and the completed practical coursework is towards the end of the spring term. Students will also work on revision and exam technique to consolidate knowledge.
Two lunchtime sessions will be available per week for pupils to learn and master new skills from CAD to welding. Pupils will be entered into competitions as appropriate including the Arkwright scholarship scheme in Year 11.
What opportunities for progression does it offer?
There are many job opportunities in a wide variety of areas including: Product Designer, Materials Technologist, Civil Engineer, Industrial Designer, Architect, Automotive Engineer, Agricultural products, Construction, Mechanical Engineering, or Teaching.
Topics for Study: Section A – core content. Section B – one of metals, papers and boards, polymers, systems or timbers.
Assessment summary: Controlled assessment – A single project of an extended task (50%). 1 x 1 hour 45 minutes examination (50%).
Exam Board: Edexcel
Why study Product Design?
Virtually everything you buy is designed or engineered. This course could be the pathway to many exciting and rewarding career paths in a rapidly changing technological society. From engineers to technicians, high-level manufacturing in the UK needs a skilled, highly trained workforce that you could be part of. As well as developing knowledge and skills in technology based topics, this subject is one which naturally develops transferable skills such as team work, problem solving and communication skills – all of which are vital in the world of work.
Product design is about making things that people want, that work well. Creating these products is hugely exciting and it is an inventive, fun activity. This course can be used as a complementary subject to mathematics, science and art, or to provide a contrast to humanities subjects. This is a valuable course for anyone seeking a career in architecture; surveying; graphic, product or furniture design; civil, structural or mechanical engineering; or just to broaden your post-16 education.
What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?
Maths skills are fundamental to design and technology. These will be embedded within the examination for this qualification. Students must have a sound working knowledge of the use of ICT. An interest in designers from the past is essential to provide inspiration for present and future designing.
Features of the course:
You will learn through practical work and theory lessons and will have the opportunity to work independently and as a member of a group. Packaging, labelling and instructions are also encouraged as part of complete design proposals, whilst marketing tools, such as advertising and point of sale merchandise can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.
Students will be required to apply knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials; including modern and smart materials, and processes used in product design and manufacture. They will be required to develop an understanding of contemporary industrial and commercial practices applied to designing and manufacturing products, and to appreciate the risks involved. Students should have a good working knowledge of health and safety procedures and relevant legislation.