Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It encourages students to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Kingsbridge Community College, we encourage students to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link learning to other STEM disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. The students are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The students design and create products using different materials and using a wide range of tools, machines and processes to increase their practical confidence and improve their design awareness.
When designing and making, the students are taught to:
- Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
- Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through iteration, discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design (CAD).
- Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, as well as chopping and slicing accurately.
- Select from and use a wider range of materials, ingredients and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties, aesthetic qualities and, where appropriate, taste.
- Investigate and analyses a range of existing products.
- Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
- Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.
- Understand and use electrical and mechanical systems in their products where appropriate.
- Understand the increasing part design and engineering has in responsible design and creating more environmentally friendly products that use less energy, produce less waste and are sustainable.
- Apply their understanding of mechanisms, structures and different energy sources to their work.
- Understand some of the ways that food can be prepared, processed and the effect of different cooking practices (including baking and grilling).
- Understand and apply the principles of colouring and decoration different fabrics, how to join them and add fixings to create products and garments.
Key skills and key knowledge for DT have been mapped against the National Curriculum framework to ensure progression between year groups and lead into the GCSE DT, Food Preparation and Nutrition and BTEC Engineering courses. The context for the children’s work in Design and Technology is also well considered and students learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study.
We ensure that our students:
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in a wide range of materials in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and work of others.
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. Children will design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the individual student.
Design Technology helps students learn how to take risks, learn from mistakes and become resourceful, innovate, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
High-quality Design Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
GCSE & Vocational options – Years 10 to 11
Students make their GCSE option choices around Easter in Year 9. The DT choices include:
GCSE Design Technology: This new course encourages students to work in a range of materials – woods, plastics, metals & fabrics rather than specialising in just one. We have arranged a series of three iterative design tasks that work in different materials that give the students a chance to design and manufacture creative solutions to design problems where they write their own brief. They learn advanced skills and knowledge which prepare them for their 2hr written paper which makes up 50% of the final grade.
Students decide which Specialist Technical Area they wish to work in for their Non Exam Assessment which involves a substantial design and make task lasting around 35hrs and makes up the other 50% of the marks. The students will cover the Core technical principles, Specialist Technical Principles & Designing and Making principles to ensure all areas of the extensive curriculum are taught over the three years. The opportunity is provided for students to participate in the Design Museum Design Ventura Challenge in yr.10 to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills through a group based design task that has proved very successful and thought provoking.
GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition: This is the replacement for our very successful Catering GCSE. The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.
Over the course, food preparation and nutrition learners will be able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment. Develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks. Understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health. Understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, diet and health choices. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food. Explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.
In Year 11 two tasks are released for assessment which consist of Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment worth 15 % of the overall GCSE. This is a scientific food investigation which will assess the learner's knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food. Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment, worth 15 % of the overall GCSE requires Student to prepare, cook and present a menu which assesses the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food.
There is also a written examination which is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and constitutes 50% of the GCSE.
Sixth Form - A level choice
A Level DT Product Design: This new two year course builds on the Design Technology GCSE course with many short design and making tasks, often set by local businesses. This enables us to cover a wide range of different materials, technical knowledge, CAD/CAM, manufacturing methods etc. and go on industrial visits to see the practical application of the processes we cover in class.
The assessment involves two written papers and a substantial Design and Make task.
Paper 1 covers Technical Principles in a 150 minutes written exam worth 120 marks that makes up 30% of the course with a mixture of short answer and extended responses.
Paper 2 covers Designing and Making principles with a 90 minute exam that makes up 20% of the final A-level and lasting 150 minutes on Product Analysis and Commercial manufacture. Both written exams take place at the end of yr.13. The Design and Make Project also takes place in the final year, should take no longer than 40 hrs and is based on a solving a real problem identified by the student, with some form of practical prototype. This makes up the final 50% of the A-level and is evidenced by a digital design portfolio with photographic evidence of the final prototype to be completed before Easter in the second year of the course.