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TechnologyIn design and technology students 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.


Aims of the Technology Faculty

The Technology Faculty has a distinctive contribution to make to the aims of the national curriculum. The design and technology programme of study provides opportunities to plan sequences of work, learning outcomes and teaching approaches that develop:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens

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Facilities

The facilities provided within the faculty play an important part in encouraging our students to achieve in terms of making all possible opportunities accessible. Most rooms are used for specific material areas.

  • Food Technology: E14, E15 and E22
  • Textiles Technology: E20, T1
  • Electronics, Control and Design: E17
  • Resistant Materials: E18, E19, E21a, E21b, E23
  • Graphics, Design: E19
  • Sixth Form Learning Centre: E24

ICT Resources can be found in three areas in the faculty; E16, E21 and E20.

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Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 our students are offered a wide variety of opportunities to access the design and technology national curriculum. Exciting and innovative schemes of work have been created to develop our student's abilities and creativity, providing sound skills and experiences ready for transition to Key Stage 4.

From Year 7 to Year 8, students access Technology through specific material areas on a rotational basis (seven or nine weeks). The lessons are delivered in a double period format.

At Year 7 and 8, students also attend single period "skills" lessons. Here they are offered the opportunity to further build and develop skills through a range of focused design and make tasks. The "skills" lessons rotate every five weeks. Through the Year 8 skills lessons, the faculty develops students understanding of the importance of sustainability.

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  • Year 7

    Single period lessons

    Food and Nutrition

    A range of food products are made to develop making skills, use of equipment, safety and hygiene, food knowledge and nutritional understanding.

    • Fruit Salad
    • Speedy Pizza
    • Tortilla Wraps
    • Scones

    Textiles

    Students will develop their understanding and skill when using the sewing machine to produce their own Apron. The project also incorporates T-shirt vinyl printing as well as screen printing so that students learn and experience a small aspect of these industrial techniques.

    ICT Skills

    Students use an introductory level 3D CAD software package called TinkerCAD. They learn the basic tools needed to import and manipulate a number of items to produce a key fob to be 3D printed along with designing their own product using the skills they have developed.

    Plastics CAD/CAM

    Students Learn how CAD/CAM can be used to produce an acrylic picture frame. Students design the shape on 2D design, transfer this to a laser cutter which cuts out the required shape ready to be assembled. Students will also have the opportunity to make a 3D printed key fob.

    Pneumatics

    Students make a simple pneumatic rocket. They learn about different pneumatic components such as single and double acting cylinders, push button and roller actuators, reciprocating and single acting circuits.

    Pencil Boxes

    Students make a wooden pencil box from hardwood, softwood and manufactured boards. They will develop their use of hand tools and become confident when using machinery in the workshop.

    Metal

    Students will learn how to use and be confident with the basic metal working tools and equipment to produce a candle holder.


    Double period lessons

    Resistant Materials 1

    Students will use the knowledge they have learnt in their skills lessons to design and make their own pinball game. They will investigate levers and motion to help them understand how their product will work. Students will develop their use of hand tools and machines to make their game as well as incorporating some computing skills too.

    Resistant Materials 2

    Students will develop their knowledge of simple electronic systems through the making of a polymer nightlight aimed at a young child. They will learn how to make a printed circuit board and about the functions of some basic electronic components. Students will then learn how to solder their components in place to make a functioning circuit. The casing will be designed using CAD and manufactured on the laser cutter to produce a quality product.

    Textiles

    Students will design and make a cushion cover using decorative techniques to apply their chosen design. They will build their confidence with using the sewing machines as well as learning how to use a variety of hand sewing techniques to manufacture their product to a high standard.

    Food Preparation and Nutrition

    As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. This includes:

    • Understanding and application of the principles of nutrition and health
    • Cooking a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
    • Becoming competent in a range of cooking techniques (for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes)
    • Understanding the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients

    In Year 7, the content includes:

    • Week 1: Introduction to the food room. Hygiene and safety.
    • Week 2: Practical: Cheesy Potato Pie. Staple Foods.
    • Week 3: Practical: Stir Fry. Eatwell Plate.
    • Week 4: Nutrition Introduction. Plan to make a new rock cake.
    • Week 5: Practical: Rock Cake. Sensory Evaluation.
    • Week 6: Obesity. Reading Nutritional Labels.
    • Week 7: Practical: Pasta Bake. Nutrients Knowledge.
    • Week 8: Practical: Bolognese. Meat.
    • Week 9: Practical: Fruit Crumble. Seasonality.
    • Week 10: Practical: Curry in a Hurry. Salt, Herbs and Spices.
    • Week 11: Practical: Vegetable Cake. Vegetables.
    • Week 12: Practical: Smoothies. Sugar.
  • Year 8

    Single period lessons

    Food

    A range of food products are made to develop making skills, use of equipment, safety and hygiene, food knowledge and nutritional understanding. The social context of food is also explored.

    • Breakfast
    • Burgers
    • Kebabs
    • Goujons

    Textiles

    Students learn about tie dye and block printing and are encouraged to be creative in these techniques. Students go on to develop their embroidery skills before learning how to insert a zipper and constructing a pencil case using the sewing machine.

    Designing

    Students learn about presenting their design work to a high standard. This will include rendering and various techniques for drawing in 3D. They will then use these skills to present their own piece of work. Students will be able to use the skills gained from this unit in all areas of technology.

    ICT Skills

    Students are put into the role of a designer within a design team in this 'Dragon's Den' style project. They will research iconic design and designers before being employed by a fictitious company to design a new or improved product. It encourages students to really think like a designer and work as part of a team. Through this project, students will also use a wide range if ICT skills to carry out research, design, model and present their ideas for their final presentation.

    AMP

    Music Player Amplifier: Students construct a mono amplifier for the textiles project later on in the year. Students learn how a PCB is constructed and simple electronic components such as a capacitor, resistor, and speakers to more complicated components such as an operational amplifier.

    Robot

    Students learn how to use Edison - a small programmable robot that is compatible with Lego – to develop their knowledge of robotics. Students learn how bio-mimicry is used in robotics and about the purpose of robots in the real world.

    Chocolate Moulds

    Students will learn about different types of plastics and their role in different products. They will learn about and use vacuum forming to make the mould for their luxury chocolate. Students will also look at how products can be marketed for sale, including looking at clever advertisements and how products are packaged. Using their knowledge, they will create a suitable package for their chocolate.


    Double period lessons

    Resistant Materials 1

    Students learn how to design and make a predominantly metal structure for the home / garden.They will investigate what makes a strong structure and look at different types of structure and where they are used. Students learn the importance of planning and testing a before manufacture and use modelling to test their product. They then plan the final product to size and work out how much material they will need to make the product within a given time scale before manufacturing their product to a high standard.

    Resistant Materials 2

    Students use a program called 'Circuit Wizard' to design and make a circuit that can control a programmable microcontroller. The microcontroller can be programmed to light LEDs and play a tune. The students then design and make a package for their project. Students learn about more complicated PCB manufacture, how a micro controller works and about more complicated integrated circuits. They also learn how to package an electronic product.

    Food Preparation and Nutrition

    As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. This includes:

    • Understanding and application of the principles of nutrition and health
    • Cooking a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
    • Becoming competent in a range of cooking techniques [for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes)
    • Understanding the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients

    In Year 8, the content includes:

    • Week 1: Dem: Edible casings. Eatwell Guide.
    • Week 2: Practical: Edible casings. Sensory work.
    • Week 3: Experiment: Special diets.
    • Week 4: Practical: Salad. Nutritional focus.
    • Week 5: Practical: Muffins. Function of eggs, sensory work.
    • Week 6: Fibre / Sensory Analysis.
    • Week 7: Practical: Pizza. High fibre, reducing fat.
    • Week 8: Practical: Cottage pie. Food spoilage.
    • Week 9: Practical: Quiche. Function of ingredients.
    • Week 10: Practical: Fish cakes. Food provenance.
    • Week 11: Practical: Layered dessert. Gelatinisation.
    • Week 12: Practical: Sausage casserole. Salt.

    Textiles

    Students will continue developing their skills with both hand and machine sewing to design and make a docking station casing for the amp made in their electronics skills lesson. It will require students to really think about how they will turn their idea into a complex 3D product.

  • Year 9

    Double period lessons

    Textiles

    Building on their knowledge and experience from year 7 and 8, students will learn about quilted products. Through designing, modelling and testing, students will produce a quilted stocking of a professional quality.

    Food Preparation and Nutrition

    As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. This includes:

    • Understanding and application of the principles of nutrition and health
    • Cooking a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
    • Becoming competent in a range of cooking techniques (for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes)
    • Understanding the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients

    In Year 9, the content includes:

    • Week 1: Introduction - Eatwell Guide. Love food Hate Waste.
    • Week 2: Practical: Spicy Rice. Fats.
    • Week 3: Practical: Lasagne. Diet related diseases (fats).
    • Week 4: Practical: Cheesecake. Calcium.
    • Week 5: Practical: Profiteroles. Functions of Ingredients.
    • Week 6: Practical: Tortellini al ragu. Nutrition Focus.
    • Week 7: Dem: Perfect Pies. Protein and Provenance.
    • Week 8: Practical: Perfect Pies. Evaluation.
    • Week 9: Practical: Enriched dough. Festival Foods.
    • Week 10: Practical: Sweet and sour. Multicultural food. Sauces.
    • Week 11: Practical: Smörgåstårta. Advanced Knife Skills.
    • Week 12: Practical: Swiss Roll Roulade. The function of eggs.

    Resistant Materials

    Product Design: Linked with the flat pack furniture project, students will learn how designers use inspiration from a variety of sources to influence their designs. They will research different design eras and designers before using their findings to influence their own designs. Being responsible and resilient learners, students will be iterative in their approach to design and will need to trial and test a number of ideas before reaching their final design. After using CAD to show their final product, students will move onto the flat pack furniture unit to manufacture their design.

    Furniture Project: Using a single sheet of material, students will need to be economical in their use of resources to manufacture their previously designed product. Students will use the skills they have developed over Key Stage 3 to manufacture their product to a high standard using both hand tools and machines.

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Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 for our students begins in Year 10. Each set getting two periods a week. We offer a variety of GCSE courses in order to cater for the individual learning needs of our students.

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    Design & Technology AQA (8552) Timbers / Textiles

    This new GCSE will run as two courses. Students will be allowed to study their material of choice either Timbers or Textiles. All students will be required to study the core technical principles below.

    The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values.

    Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

    Core technical principles

    In order to make effective design choices students will need a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding that consists of:

    • new and emerging technologies
    • energy generation and storage
    • developments in new materials
    • systems approach to designing
    • mechanical devices
    • materials and their working properties

    All of this section must be taught and all will be assessed.

    Specialist technical principles

    In addition to the core technical principles, all students should develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the following specialist technical principles:

    • selection of materials or components
    • forces and stresses
    • ecological and social footprint
    • sources and origins
    • using and working with materials
    • stock forms, types and sizes
    • scales of production
    • specialist techniques and processes
    • surface treatments and finishes

    Each specialist technical principle should be delivered through at least one material category or system. Not all of the principles outlined above relate to every material category or system, but all must be taught. The categories through which the principles can be delivered are:

    • papers and boards
    • timber based materials
    • metal based materials
    • polymers
    • textile based materials
    • electronic and mechanical systems

    Designing and making principles

    They will need to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making principles in relation to the following areas:

    • investigation, primary and secondary data
    • environmental, social and economic challenge
    • the work of others
    • design strategies
    • communication of design ideas
    • prototype development
    • selection of materials and components
    • tolerances
    • material management
    • specialist tools and equipment
    • specialist techniques and processes

    Examination

    What's assessed

    • Core technical principles
    • Specialist technical principles
    • Designing and making principles

    How it's assessed

    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 100 marks
    • 50% of GCSE

    Questions

    • Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks): A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.
    • Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks): Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.
    • Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks): A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

    Non Examined Assessment

    Practical application of:

    • Core technical principles
    • Specialist technical principles
    • Designing and making principles
    • 30–35 hours approx
    • 100 marks
    • 50% of GCSE

    The NEA is a substantial design and make task

    Assessment criteria:

    • Identifying and investigating design possibilities
    • Producing a design brief and specification
    • Generating design ideas
    • Developing design ideas
    • Realising design ideas
    • Analysing & evaluating
    • In the spirit of the iterative design process, the above should be awarded holistically where they take place and not in a linear manner
    • Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA
    • Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence
    • Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

    Engineering (AQA 8852)

    The sky's the limit. Engineering is an increasingly innovative and exciting area to work in. It affects every aspect of modern life – from skyscrapers to smart phones, cars to carrier bags. Our new GCSE introduces students to a host of new technologies, helping them to gain practical skills and understanding to inspire a lifelong interest in engineering. It will particularly appeal to those who enjoy being creative, with an affinity for drawing, design, maths and problem-solving.

    Whilst this is a new qualification, you’ll see we've kept much of the popular content and topics that we know you like. We've also maintained the clear structure to our assessment using a mixture of question styles, giving all your students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

    Core content

    1. Engineering materials
    2. Engineering manufacturing processes
    3. Systems
    4. Testing and investigation
    5. The impact of modern technologies
    6. Practical engineering skills

    Assessments

    Question paper: Externally assessed

    What's assessed

    Sections 1–6 from the subject content.

    Though the 'Practical engineering skills' section will predominantly be assessed through the NEA, some questions in the written exam will relate to practical contexts and students will need to apply their understanding within these contexts.

    How it's assessed

    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 120 marks
    • 60% of GCSE

    Questions

    • Multiple choice questions assessing breadth of knowledge
    • Short answer questions assessing in depth knowledge, including calculations
    • Multiple choice questions related to the application of practical engineering skills
    • Extended response questions drawing together elements of the specification

    Non-exam assessment: Practical engineering

    What's assessed

    • Application of skills, knowledge and understanding in a practical context
    • Analysis and evaluation of evidence

    How it's assessed

    • A brief set by AQA released on 1 June in the first year of study.
    • 80 marks
    • 40% of GCSE

    Questions - Students produce:

    • engineering drawings or schematics to communicate a solution to the brief
    • an engineering product that solves a problem

    Food Preparation & Nutrition (AQA 8585)

    Our GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition develops the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

    The majority of the course is delivered through preparation and making activities. Students are able to make the connections between theory and practice to apply their understanding of food and nutrition to practical preparation.

    The topics covered are:

    1. Food, nutrition and health
    2. Food science
    3. Food safety
    4. Food choice
    5. Food provenance

    Examination (1 hour 45 mins): Paper 1: Food preparation and nutrition

    • Multiple choice questions (20 marks)
    • Five questions each with a number of sub questions (80 marks)

    What's assessed:

    Theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from:

    • Food, nutrition and health
    • Food science
    • Food safety
    • Food choice
    • Food provenance

    This is worth 50% of the GCSE

    Non-exam assessment (controlled assessment)

    What's assessed:

    • Task 1: Food investigation: Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.
      Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task.
    • Task 2: Food preparation assessment: Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.
      Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

    How it's assessed

    • Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.
    • Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included.

    This is worth 50% of the GCSE


    Legacy Courses:

    These are running for our current year 11 but can no longer be chosen as GCSE options

    Electronic Products (Edexcel 2EP01)

      • Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities: This is controlled assessment worth 60% of the final GCSE grade.
      • Unit 2: Knowledge and Understanding of Electronic Products: This unit is assessed by a final exam worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.

    Learning takes place through making a series of small 'design and make' exercises. This will enable students to explore a wide range of components and concepts.

        • Playing tunes using a 555 astable
        • Number displays using 4026
        • Mono amplifier to use with your Mp3 player
        • Computer simulating
        • Soldering and manufacturing our own PCBs

    Year 11 is dedicated to controlled assessment work, and is spent entirely on the production of a major project which is responsible for 60% of the final grade. This can be a fun section where students will have a wide choice of what they wish to design and make. The other 40% will be gained from an examination taken at the end of Year 11.

    Example controlled assessment task:

        • Mp3 players
        • Guitar amps
        • Metronome
        • Safe
        • Simon says game
        • Number generators

    Resistant Materials (Edexcel 2RM01)

    GCSE RMT covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics in many forms. As well as learning hand skills, you will use a range of industrials processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of two years you will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to RMT and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

    • Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities: This is controlled assessment worth 60% of the final GCSE grade. Students design and make one product. They will develop skills in researching, designing, reviewing, planning, making and testing and evaluating.
      • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions
      • Students must complete a design and make activity
      • All work, with the exception of research and preparation, must be done under informal supervision
      • Research and preparation may be completed under limited supervision
      • Students need to complete their designing and making within 40 hours of informal supervision
      • There are eight assessment criteria for designing, and five assessment criteria for making
      • There are a total of 50 marks available for the designing and 50 marks available for the making
    • Unit 2: Knowledge and Understanding of Resistant Materials: This unit is assessed by a final exam worth 40% of the final GCSE grade. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in design and technology. They will learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.
      • This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 30-minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel
      • The examination paper will be a question and answer booklet and all questions are compulsory
      • The examination paper will consist of multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions
      • The total number of marks available is 80

    Textiles Technology (Edexcel 2TT01)

    Textiles are the most creative fun subject in Technology with consistently high results. It is aimed at those students who have an interest in Fashion Design, Crafts and who enjoy investigating textiles, thinking creatively, problem solving, designing products of the future, making products, using/ wearing and testing ideas and products.

    The GCSE Textile Technology course is based around a practical approach that encourages students to design and make quality textile products with creativity and flair using a wide range of materials, components and technologies.

    The GCSE covers a wide range of topics including sports fashion, natural forms, morphing products, child's play and sustainability. Over the three years of the course, students develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to textile products and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

    • Unit 1: Creative Design and Make Activities: This is controlled assessment worth 60% of the final GCSE grade. You will have the option of completing your coursework unit in two different ways. Through a combined design and make activity where you design a product then make a model of it.
    • Unit 2: Knowledge and understanding of Textiles Technology: This unit is assessed by a final exam worth 40% of the final GCSE grade. The examination will be based on a structured exam paper which your teacher will be able to guide you through. Everything that you need to learn for this unit is set out in the specification so your teacher will know exactly how to prepare you for the exam.

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Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 the faculty offers three courses. Each teaching group has five single periods of lessons per week.

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  • Year 12 Year 13

    A Level: Fashion and Textiles (AQA)

    What will I learn on this course?

    The course is designed to:

    • develop a broad view of fashion and textiles
    • develop the capacity to design and make fashion products
    • appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing, developing their confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries

    How will I be assessed?

    • AO1: Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants
    • AO2: Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose
    • AO3: Analyse and evaluate: Design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others wider issues in design and technology
    • AO4: Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of: Technical principles; Designing and making principles

    Assessment weightings

    Assessment objectives Paper 1 Paper 2 NEA Overall
    AO1     15% 15%
    AO2     25% 25%
    AO3 7.5% 7.5% 10% 25%
    AO4 17.5% 17.5%   35%
    Overall weighting of components 25% 25% 50% 100%

    What can I do after this course?

    This qualification is accepted at all institutions of higher education relating to design and manufacture.

    What careers would this course be useful for?

    Fashion Designer / Buyer, Costume Designer, Pattern Drafter, Retail and Marketing.


    A Level: Product Design (AQA)

    What will I learn on this course?

    The course is designed to:

    • develop a broad view of design and technology
    • develop a real understanding of what it means to be a designer
    • appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing

    How will I be assessed?

    Candidates study and work with a variety of materials and components used in the design and making of everyday products. They work in both two and three dimensional forms. Candidates gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of design and manufacture:

    • Paper 1 (25%) will examine students on their knowledge of core technical principles of materials and their application, designing and making
    • Paper 2 (25%) will examine specialist subject knowledge through product analysis and understanding of commercial manufacture

    The non-exam assessment (NEA) (50%) will allow students to apply their knowledge through practical application. Using the core principles of designing and making, they will identify a need, research, design and make a product to satisfy a real problem.

    What can I do after this course?

    This qualification is accepted at all institutions of higher education relating to design and manufacture.

    What careers would this course be useful for?

    Product designer; design engineer; architecture; CAD draughts person; automotive design, graphic designer, manufacturing and engineering; biomedical engineer


    Level 3 Diploma: Food Science and Nutrition (WJEC)

    What will I learn on this course?

    The Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition qualifications allow students to gain a wealth of knowledge about the food and nutrition industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as practical skills for cooking and preparing food.

    How is the course delivered?

    The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is made up of four units:

    • Unit 1: Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups (mandatory) – 1.5hr examination and a controlled assessment assignment in Year 12
      This mandatory unit will enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on–going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals. The purpose of this unit is for students to develop an understanding of the nutritional needs of specific target groups and plan and cook complex dishes to meet their nutritional needs.
    • Unit 2: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat (mandatory) – Controlled Assessment Year 13
      The second mandatory unit will allow students to develop their understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene; essential knowledge for anyone involved in food production or wishing to work in the food industry. Practical sessions will support the gaining of theoretical knowledge and ensure learning is a tactile experience. Students will develop an understanding of hazards and risks in relation to the storage, preparation and cooking of food in different environments and the control measures needed to minimise these risks. From this understanding, students will be able to recommend the control measures that need to be in place, in different environments, to ensure that food is safe to eat.
    • Unit 3: Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems (optional) – Controlled Assessment Year 13
      The aim of this unit is for students to use their understanding of the properties of food in order to plan and carry out experiments. The results of the experiments would be used to propose options to solve food production problems.
    • Unit 4: Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition (optional) – Controlled Assessment Year 13
      Through this unit, you will develop the skills needed to plan, carry out and present a research project on current issues linked to issues related to food science and nutrition. This could be from the perspective of a consumer, food manufacturer, caterer and/or policy-making perspective.

    All learners must take units 1 and 2 and then select either unit 3 or unit 4.

    What careers would this course be useful for?

    Together with relevant Level 3 qualifications such as AS and A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology and Maths, learners will gain the required knowledge to progress to higher education degree courses, such as:

    • BSc Food and Nutrition
    • BSc Human Nutrition
    • BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
    • BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology

    An understanding of food and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives. Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK.

    Many employment opportunities within the field of food and nutrition are available to graduates including:

    Food Technology, Food Marketing, Food Product Development, Dietetics, Nutrition, Teaching, Catering, Nursing, Hotel Management, Environmental Health, Social Health, Sports science

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Teaching staff

The Technology faculty benefits from creative and innovative staff. Many have a subject specialism to help drive ambition within our students.

  • Amens, Sally (Technology Teacher - Resistant Materials; Product Design)
  • Birch, Debbie (Technology Teacher - Textiles Technology)
  • Davies, Joanne (Food Technology)
  • Kerruish, Faye (Technology Teacher - Food Technology)
  • Lloyd, Alexander (Technology Primary Liaison Coordinator - Resistant Materials)
  • Shaw, Richard (Technology Teacher - Electronic Products; Resistant Materials)
  • Swindell, Rachel (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator - Textiles Technology)
  • Tattersall, Jane (Technology Gifted and Talented Coordinator - Textiles Technology)
  • Thompson, Stuart (Head of the Technology Faculty - Food Technology)
  • Walshaw, Clare (Technology Teacher - Graphics and Product Design; Resistant Materials; Product Design)

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Support staff

The role of the faculty support staff is vital in that they support the learning and teaching activities within the faculty ensuring all our students' needs are met. All technicians bring valuable skills to the faculty that help our students achieve their potential.

Our teaching assistants play an important role in supporting the range of educational needs presented by out students by differentiating the Design and Technology.

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