Where relationships are at the heart of the school and
the school is at the heart of the community

Design Technology

Subject Overview

In Design Technology students have the opportunity to build on the skills learnt at KS2, moving through different Technology subjects throughout the year. These tasters are intended to encourage levels of independent thinking that includes the use of new materials, processes and facilities whilst also covering health and safety. Project taught fall under the headings of product design, catering, textiles and resistant materials.

KS3 Year 7: Heritage and Beyond ‘A Patch of Durlston’; It Makes Me Want to Shout! Literacy Campaign; Flying Kites.

KS3 Year 8: Bug boxes; Making aprons; Cooking skills.

KS3 Year 9: Seaside souvenirs; Foundation catering; Product design. 

Students are set challenges or problems known as the Design Brief and begin researching ways to find a solution or improve on existing products. Technical skills are demonstrated by teaching staff and then practiced and developed by students in order to help them fulfil the brief. Students are taught to be creative and innovative when designing, and to understand the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on and to society. They have 2 hour lessons p/fortnight.

GCSE Overview

GCSE Catering

The GCSE Catering course focuses largely on the practical and theoretical aspects of food preparation in a professional context, as well as a range of general topics linked to the hospitality and catering industry. Areas of study include: food preparation, cooking and presentation, health, safety and hygiene, costing and portion control, specialist equipment, communication and record keeping, job roles and employment opportunities, including relevant training. Over the course of our two week timetable, students will have 5 lessons. 
Exam Board: WJEC GCSE Catering (single award)

KS4 Year 10: In Year 10 students begin by producing a range of products to help develop their catering skills to a more professional standard. Towards the end of year 10 students begin to consider and practice a range of dishes in preparation for their first assessment, Task 1: an Afternoon Tea. Marks are awarded for investigating and planning the task, carrying out the task and evaluating the task.

KS4 Year 11: At the start of Year 11 pupils will start to focus on more complicated dishes including those designed for customers with certain diets. The adaptation of recipes to satisfy the healthy eating agenda will also be investigated. Hot and cold main courses and desserts will be produced and investigated in preparation for planning the second task which will take place in the Spring term. 

Exam Details:
May 2015 – Practical Examination worth 20% of the final grade.
March 2016 – Practical Examination worth 40% of the final grade.
June 2016 – Written Examination worth 40% of the final grade.

GCSE Resistant Materials

GCSE Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity, originality and discipline using a range of materials and techniques while learning new skills.

Students are required to extend their designing skills by using research techniques to produce a written design specification from which they can sketch out  initial ideas and through personal and group evaluation methods develop a final solution prior to manufacture. 

Where ever appropriate and possible students are encouraged to use Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) packages in the realization of their final product.

At all times students are encouraged to foster an awareness of and the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of design. 

In Yr10 this GCSE requires students to develop a working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials by undertaking a range of set practical tasks. 

At The Swanage School these will include:-

  1. A small multi material puzzle which will allow students to handle and gain an understanding of the working characteristics of a range of material types.
  2. A piece of furniture suitable for use outdoors using wood as the main material.

Both projects will require the accompanying design folder work and a record of work detailing the manufacturing process from material selection through marking out, cutting, fitting, applying a finish to final customer feedback

In Yr11 students work towards their final GCSE for which there is a single tier of assessment covering grades A*–G to cater for students of all abilities.

How will the students work be assessed in Yr11?

  • Unit 1 (45601) is a 2 hour examination which carries 40% of the final marks. The examination is sat during the final term of the course with students required to answer all the questions in two sections.
  • Unit 2 (45602) is a single design and make activity selected from a range of tasks set by the examination board. The task is started in the September of the final year, lasts approximately 45 hours and carries 60% of the final marks.

What skills will the students need?

  • The skills that the students will need and you must be prepared to develop include:-
  • The patience to actively engage in design and technology.
  • A need to understand how products are made and work.
  • An interest in using a wide variety of materials.
  • A willingness to build up knowledge of materials and how to work them.
  • The desire to learn manipulative skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Accept the necessity to work to complete products to a high quality of finish.
  • Be prepared to seek out ideas from a wide range of sources.
  • Develop communication skills through sketching, drawing and computer aided design.
  • The self discipline to work safely in a hazardous area.