The aim of Design and Technology is to prepare young people for living and working in a technological world, to be creative and work independently designing new and innovative products.
Design and technology is a challenge; it requires students to an enquiring mind, determination, ambition and good time management. Students are given a sense of responsibility for making decisions with the intention of improving the work that they will eventually produce.
Innovation & Design
GCSE Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition
This is an interesting GCSE course that includes practical skills with food science and nutrition theory. This course builds upon the foundation skills taught at KS3 and offers students the chance to learn basic chef and knife skills with theoretical understanding of food science and nutrition.
This GCSE course is
50% controlled Assessment to start in year 11.
50% written exam at end of year 11.
It involves 2 written tasks for controlled assessment –
Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment 15% of the total qualification (maximum 1500-2000 words)
Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment 35% of total qualification (20 hours including a 3 hour practical ). This assessment will require learners to plan, prepare, cook and present 3 completed dishes, to meet particular requirements such as a dietary need, lifestyle choice or specific context.
The Department has a food room, which is consistently maintained to a high standard. Equipment and resources are checked to ensure students are using the safest and most hygienic equipment possible.
The Eduqas GCSE (9-1) specification in Food Preparation and Nutrition enables students to make the connections between theory and practice so that they are able to apply their understanding of food and nutrition to practical cooking.
The practical skills are often used to support theoretical knowledge. The course allows students to look at food and health, exploring the relationship between nutrition and health; characteristics and properties of food, where they will be able to design, plan and cook their own menus and recipes; sensory properties of food where they will use experiments and their senses to analyse a range of food products; and they will follow the rules of good food hygiene and safety.
Students will extend their organisational ability and improve their time management as they learn to multi-task during the practical sessions. They will produce a range of new dishes over the GCSE course, cooking once a week. Students will improve their presentation skills; handling of equipment and their food preparation will become more competent. This will all be utilised during the three hour final practical examination.
AQA Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an inspiring and engaging practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs and values.
Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful and innovative.
Design and technology is taught in a well-equipped department that features an extensive range of tools, processes and equipment available for students to explore in a safe and secure environment.
The GCSE course is:
50% Written exam
50% Controlled Assessment to be completed in 35 hours during year 11.
Students must demonstrate mathematical and scientific knowledge and understanding, in relation to design and technology. 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.
Students will extend their organisational ability and improve their time management as they complete the practical sessions. They will carry out a range of techniques over the GCSE course. This will be utilised during the final making of a product in year 11 during the controlled assessment.