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Design Technology

Design Technology Staff
Mr M Lonsdale (Head of Department) mlonsdale@conyers.org.uk
Mr G Slimings gslimings@conyers.org.uk
Miss A Geldart ageldart@conyers.org.uk
Mr P Hilditch philditch@conyers.org.uk
   

Please select the links below to view further information about the department. The assessment programme explains how and what the students will be assessed on along with information on how to prepare.

  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE Engineering Assessment
  • GCSE Resistant Materials Assessment

GCSE Design Technology – Resistant Materials

Introduction

Everybody is creative, regardless of ability, and Design and Technology encourages students to think creatively.  Students are encouraged to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking; designing and making products that meet real life needs; using current technologies and considering the impact of future technological developments. They will learn to think creatively, independently and solve problems as individuals and members of a team.

Skills

Students will develop creative and innovative skills to produce a series of interesting designs. They will also gain an understanding of the principal role of designers and product developers, and the use of appropriate maths and ICT (including CAD/CAM).  In addition, they will learn how to be able to select and use appropriate tools, machines and equipment and to consider solutions to technical problems.

Course structure

During Year 10, students will develop their design skills through a series of focused practical tasks, gaining knowledge and understanding in advanced woodwork, metal work and drawing skills. The tasks set are progressive and will allow all students to demonstrate their skills.  The skills, knowledge and understanding acquired will be applied through their coursework done in Year 11. In Year 11 students in will apply their skills to design and make their own product (furniture or a modern storage unit). Resistant Materials encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.  Students will be challenged by practical activities.  A working knowledge of metals, plastics, woods and composite materials will be required, but other materials such as textiles may be used in addition. The use of new technologies is encouraged, especially the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing.

Assessment

Section A: Theory: Testing of Knowledge & Understanding
Core Technical Principles How it is  assessed Written exam 2 hours
Specialist Technical Principles 100 marks
Designing & Making Principles 50% of GCSE
Section B: Practical Application: Design & Make a Product (Controlled Assessment)
Core Technical Principles How it is  assessed 30-35 hours
Specialist Technical Principles 100 marks
Designing & Making Principles 50% of GCSE

Year 10 Engineering Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Engineering Materials Have knowledge and understanding of the following groups/classifications of engineering materials. Be able to identify these materials based on their physical appearances and the following properties:

  • toughness/brittleness
  • ductility
  • malleability
  • hardness
  • strength and stiffness

Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the behavioural characteristics of each of these materials during handling/machining. Materials & Properties:

  • metals
  • alloys
  • polymers
  • composites
  • material costs and supply
  • timbers (structural grades)
  • ceramics
Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8852 Learner workbook Written assignments + tasks Focus Practical Tasks Teacher assessment School & Department Assessment Policy implemented. End of Module testingGCSE Grading structure

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Factors influencing design of solutions To understand the benefits and drawbacks of each of the energy production methods listed ncluding any possible environmental impact.Energy production methods:

  • wind
  • solar
  • tidal
  • nuclear
  • fossil fuels
  • biomass
 

Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8852 Learner workbook Written assignments + tasks Focus Practical Tasks Teacher assessment GCSE Grading structure School & Department Assessment Policy implemented. End of Module testing GCSE Grading structure

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Engineering manufacturing processes Have knowledge and understanding of the use and role of the following systems within engineering settings. Be familiar with the function system building blocks specified in ‘systems’ below Be able to describe the way in which parts of a system can be divided into sub-systems.

  • mechanical systems
  • electrical systems
  • electronic systems
  • structural systems
  • pneumatic systems
 

Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8852 Learner workbook Written assignments + tasks Focus Practical Tasks Teacher assessment School & Department Assessment Policy implemented. End of Module testing GCSE Grading structure

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Testing and investigation & The impact of modern technologies Have knowledge and understanding of a range of testing and investigation methods. Be able to apply relevant mathematical calculations when engineering a solution

  • Modelling and calculating
  • testing and investigation
  • testing Practical engineering skills
Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8852 Learner workbook Written assignments + tasks Focus Practical Tasks Teacher assessment School & Department Assessment Policy implemented. End of Module testing GCSE Grading structure

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Testing and investigation & The impact of modern technologies Have knowledge and understanding of a range of testing and investigation methods. Be able to apply relevant mathematical calculations when engineering a solution

  • Modelling and calculating
  • testing and investigation
  • testing Practical engineering skills
Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8852 Learner workbook Written assignments + tasks Focus Practical Tasks Teacher assessment School & Department Assessment Policy implemented. End of Module testing GCSE Grading structure

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Preparation for Controlled Assessment: Practical Engineering Skills How it’s assessed A brief set by AQA released on 1 June in the first year of study. 80 marks 40% of GCSE    

 

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Practical Engineering Skills   Be expected to draw on their knowledge and understanding of engineering to apply the following practical skills to a problem. Both mechanical and electrical/ electronic, which must be drawn using current conventions such as drawings in:

  • orthographic (3rd angle)
  • 3D representation (isometric)
  • assembly
  • section view

CAD in both 2D and 3D. Examples of 2D being Circuit diagrams,

  • PCB layout,

Laser cutting, vinyl cutting, PCB routing or hole drilling, turning. Rapid prototyping, milling/ routing. Through systems modelling and data analysis. Iconic, analogue and symbolic modelling can be used. Calculations will form an important part of any symbolic modelling. Examples include: measuring marking turning milling drilling forming bending casting joining fastening folding shaping finishing. Solution being manufactured. Methods and techniques should include: working to necessary tolerances demonstrating the ability to check tolerances through the use of tools (Vernier calipers, micrometers and depth gauges) using software (CNC/CAM) to ensure that all parts/components fit together allowing the solution to function. Students should take into account how areas for improvement/ modification could be identified and consider alternative solutions.

 

 

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Preparation for GCSE External Examination (Theory)60% of GCSE How it’s assessed Written exam: 2 hours 120 marks    

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Knowledge & Understanding
  • new and emerging technologies
  • energy generation and storage
  • developments in new materials
  • Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8552
  • Learner workbook
  • Written assignments + tasks
  • Focus Practical Tasks
  • Teacher assessment
  • School & Department Assessment Policy implemented.
  • End of Module testing
  • GCSE Grading structure

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Knowledge & Understanding
  • systems approach to designing
  • mechanical devices
  • materials and their working properties.
  • Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8552
  • Learner workbook
  • Written assignments + tasks
  • Focus Practical Tasks
  • Teacher assessment
  • School & Department Assessment Policy implemented.
  • End of Module testing
  • GCSE Grading structure

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Specialist technical principles Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the following specialist technical principles:

  • selection of materials or components
  • forces and stresses
  • ecological and social footprint
  • sources and origins
  • using and working with materials
  • stock forms, types and sizes
  • scales of production
  • specialist techniques and processes
  • surface treatments and finishes
  • Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8552
  • Learner workbook
  • Written assignments + tasks
  • Focus Practical Tasks
  • Teacher assessment
  • School & Department Assessment Policy implemented.
  • End of Module testing
  • GCSE Grading structure

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
 Designing and Making Principles To demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making principles in relation to the following areas:

  • investigation, primary and secondary data
  • environmental, social and economic challenge
  • the work of others
  • design strategies
  • communication of design ideas
  • prototype development
  • selection of materials and components
  • tolerances
  • material management
  • specialist tools and equipment
  • specialist techniques and processes
  • Reference: Page GCSE Engineering 8552
  • Learner workbook
  • Written assignments + tasks
  • Focus Practical Tasks
  • Teacher assessment
  • School & Department Assessment Policy implemented.
  • End of Module testing
  • GCSE Grading structure

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Preparation for Controlled Assessment: Non-exam Assessment The Non-exam assessment will contribute towards 50% of the students overall mark. The NEA project in its entirety should take between 30-35 hours to complete and consist of a working prototype and a concise portfolio of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper, equivalent A4 paper or the digital equivalent. Students’ work should consist of an investigation into a contextual challenge, defining the needs and wants of the user and include relevant research to produce a design brief and specification. Students should generate design ideas with flair and creativity and develop these to create a final

June 1st to March 1st Controlled Assessment: Contextual Challenge