Design & Technology

The Design and Technology team have created a varied exciting curriculum to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to complete tasks confidently and to contribute successfully in an increasingly technological world. Our aim is for our students to learn how to design solutions to real life problems, how to work safely with a variety of tools and materials and become resourceful, innovative, reflective and competent.

At St Mary’s, we believe that creative learning opportunities in Design and Technology, together with innovative teaching methods, will inspire our pupils to challenge themselves and to gain in confidence. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their learning and become independent learners.

Key Stage 3

 

Key Stage 3
In Years 7 to 9, students study all material areas of Design and Technology through project. Each project takes between eight and twelve weeks. Students follow the programmes of study set out by the national curriculum.
Year 7

Photo frame (all materials)
Note holder (wood)

Design Skills
Stationary case (textiles)

Food

Year 8

Gadget (electronics) Desktop Zoo (all materials) Day of the Dead (Graphics) Puppet (textiles)

Food

Year 9

Lamp (electronics) Bird Feeder (wood & metals) Electronic pencil case (textiles) Food

Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4
We offer four subjects within Design & Technology :

  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • Level 1 and 2 vocational award in engineering
  • Level 1 and 2 vocational award in hospitality and catering
  • BTEC Level 1 and 2 Tech Award in Child Development.

GCSE - Design and Technology:

Component 1 - External Exam

50% of total marks. The exam will consist of the following: Core 40% and wood 60%

Component 2 – NEA (Non Examined Assessment)

Students will produce a Design and Make project including an e portfolio, and practical item

50% of total marks. The theme of the NEA is released by the exam board on the 1st June during Y10. Exam Board: For further details please visit: Edexcel – GCSE Design & Technology

Level 1 and 2 vocational award in engineering:

Unit 1 - Design task - 20% of total marks

Students will re-design a product according to a specific brief set by the exam board

Unit 2 - Practical assessment - 40% of total marks

Students will make a specific product using working drawings and their own manufacturing schedule

Unit 3 - External exam – 40% of total marks

Exam Board: WJEC. For further details visit WJEC Level 1 and 2 vocational award in Engineering

Level 1 and 2 vocational award in hospitality & Catering:

· Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry – externally assessed in the form of exam – 40% of total marks

· Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action – internally assessed in the form of planning, practical and evaluation – 60% of total marks

Exam board: WJEC. Click the link for a student friendly overview of the course.

Student leaflet

Journey to becoming exam ready

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development:

Component 1 – Children’s growth and development – 30% of total marks

Students are internally assessed through a controlled assessment.

Component 2 – Learning through play – 30% of total marks

Students are internally assessed through controlled assessment.

Component 3 – Supporting children to play, learn and develop - 40% of total marks.

Students are externally assessed through a 2-hour exam

Exam board: Pearson BTEC – click the link for Level 1/2 tech award in child development. Child Development | BTEC Tech Awards | Pearson qualifications

Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5
A level - Design and Technology - Product Design (Edexcel)

Year 12 consists of a number of design and make projects in a variety of materials supported by theoretical work to develop subject knowledge and the skills needed to tackle the external exam in year 13

Year 13 is split into two parts:

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology:

Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes) 50% of the qualification. The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions on:

· materials, processes, and technological developments

· analysis and evaluation of product designs

· wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (Non-examined assessment):

This is a substantial design and make project and is 50% of the qualification. Students design and produce a complex working prototype for a real client using a range of materials and processes.

Exam Board: For further details please visit: Edexcel – A Level Design & Technology - Product Design

 

Key Stage 3
In Years 7 to 9, students study all material areas of Design and Technology through project. Each project takes between eight and twelve weeks. Students follow the programmes of study set out by the national curriculum.
Year 7

Photo frame (all materials)
Note holder (wood)

Design Skills
Stationary case (textiles)

Food

Year 8

Gadget (electronics) Desktop Zoo (all materials) Day of the Dead (Graphics) Puppet (textiles)

Food

Year 9

Lamp (electronics) Bird Feeder (wood & metals) Electronic pencil case (textiles) Food

Key Stage 4
We offer four subjects within Design & Technology :

  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • Level 1 and 2 vocational award in engineering
  • Level 1 and 2 vocational award in hospitality and catering
  • BTEC Level 1 and 2 Tech Award in Child Development.

GCSE – Design and Technology:

Component 1 – External Exam

50% of total marks. The exam will consist of the following: Core 40% and wood 60%

Component 2 – NEA (Non Examined Assessment)

Students will produce a Design and Make project including an e portfolio, and practical item

50% of total marks. The theme of the NEA is released by the exam board on the 1st June during Y10. Exam Board: For further details please visit: Edexcel – GCSE Design & Technology

Level 1 and 2 vocational award in engineering:

Unit 1 – Design task – 20% of total marks

Students will re-design a product according to a specific brief set by the exam board

Unit 2 – Practical assessment – 40% of total marks

Students will make a specific product using working drawings and their own manufacturing schedule

Unit 3 – External exam – 40% of total marks

Exam Board: WJEC. For further details visit WJEC Level 1 and 2 vocational award in Engineering

Level 1 and 2 vocational award in hospitality & Catering:

· Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry – externally assessed in the form of exam – 40% of total marks

· Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action – internally assessed in the form of planning, practical and evaluation – 60% of total marks

Exam board: WJEC. Click the link for a student friendly overview of the course.

Student leaflet

Journey to becoming exam ready

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development:

Component 1 – Children’s growth and development – 30% of total marks

Students are internally assessed through a controlled assessment.

Component 2 – Learning through play – 30% of total marks

Students are internally assessed through controlled assessment.

Component 3 – Supporting children to play, learn and develop – 40% of total marks.

Students are externally assessed through a 2-hour exam

Exam board: Pearson BTEC – click the link for Level 1/2 tech award in child development. Child Development | BTEC Tech Awards | Pearson qualifications

 

Key Stage 5
A level – Design and Technology – Product Design (Edexcel)

Year 12 consists of a number of design and make projects in a variety of materials supported by theoretical work to develop subject knowledge and the skills needed to tackle the external exam in year 13

Year 13 is split into two parts:

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology:

Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes) 50% of the qualification. The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions on:

· materials, processes, and technological developments

· analysis and evaluation of product designs

· wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (Non-examined assessment):

This is a substantial design and make project and is 50% of the qualification. Students design and produce a complex working prototype for a real client using a range of materials and processes.

Exam Board: For further details please visit: Edexcel – A Level Design & Technology – Product Design

For further information about the Design and Technology curriculum please contact:

Mr T Fagan A Level Product Design / GCSE Design & Technology / Level 1 and 2 vocational award in engineering

Miss G Clarke Level 1 and 2 vocational award in hospitality and catering

Miss R Ronksley BTEC Level 1 and 2 Tech Award in Child Development