Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Projects are split into the 4 significant design areas to assure all key skills have been covered.

Year 8

Through Design and Technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking from Year 7 and learn to innovate. Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects.

Year 9

The introduction to GCSE Product Design has been created within the 4 mini projects to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and graphics techniques using specialist CAD/CAM software. Packaging, labelling and instructions are developed as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale, etc can be used to supplement the making experience and help create complete products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Prior to completing GCSE coursework students’ complete projects which encourage pupils to design and make quality products, focusing on the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designs and meeting the needs of different social groups. In June, students are then given their contextual challenge for the NEA task.

Year 11

AQA GCSE Product Design coursework is worth 50% of the overall GCSE. Pupils are encouraged to create an individual and unique response to a given design task. Set by AQA, pupils are expected to research and develop a suitable working product.

Career Opportunities

Engineering – various, product design, architecture, automotive design, interior design, advertising, graphic design, marketing, set/theatre design, furniture design, etc.

Examination/Assessment

50% Non-exam assessment (NEA).
50% Examination (1 paper).

Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Career Opportunities

Engineering – various, product design, architecture, automotive design, interior design, advertising, graphic design, marketing, set/theatre design, furniture design, etc.

Course Content

This qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. Students will investigate historical, social, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing products. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. Please be aware that there is significant GCSE Maths content on this course which will be tested in the final exam/s.

Examination/Assessment

50% Non-exam assessment (NEA).
50% Examination (1 paper).