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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017/2018

Design & Technology Department

The Design & Technology department has two well-equipped workshops; a specialist electronics room; excellent ICT facilities that include CAD/CAM and a digital printer; a dedicated textiles suite and fully equipped Food Preparation & Nutrition area which give our GCSE students access to a wide variety of manufacturing and catering processes.

Courses and options offered in Design & Technology

  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition
GCSE Design & Technology
Exam BoardEdexcel
AssessmentWritten examination 50%, contextual design challenge practical & portfolio 50%
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons. The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It gives students opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities.
Units studied

Component 1: Core content enables students to study a broad range of processes and materials which includes emerging technologies, smart & composite materials, technical textiles, metals, wood, polymers, environmental and social economic challenges. Students also have the opportunity to go into a material strand in more detail.

Component 2: Students will undertake a project based on a contextual challenge released by the exam board a year before certification. The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating a prototype of a product.

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Design Technology.
GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentTwo non-exam assessments 50% and a written exam 50%
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons. It helps students develop their creativity and knowledge with the science of food and development of practical skills a vital feature of this specification. There are two non-exam assessments that require students to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. This course has 50% non- exam assessment and 50% written exam in order to recognise the importance of practical skills and the science of food within this subject.
Units studied

Non-exam assessment 1: Food Investigation Task- 15% Research, plan and carry out an investigation into the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.

Non-exam assessment 2: Food Preparation Task- 35% Plan, prepare, cook and present three dishes with a 20 page portfolio showcasing a range of skills.

Written exam - 50% Consisting of 20 multiple choice questions and 5 long answer questions to test knowledge and understanding of nutrition, food science, cooking and preparation.

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Food Technology.
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