Design and Technology

 

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Subject Leader: Mrs Y Green

Subject Leader Email Address: yvonne.green@swale.at

 

Measure twice, cut once.

ENGLISH PROVERB

Subject overview

Design and Technology is an inspiring practical subject. Pupils develop creativity and imagination to design and make products in the workshop using a range of materials and manufacturing processes.  Pupils learn about health and safety in the workshop when working with a range of materials, machines and hand tools, working cooperatively together and independently with confidence. Practical experience of both the design process and manufacturing experience develops curiosity and interest as well as providing understanding of the wider world. This provides a valuable introduction to engineering and an excellent introduction to many of the engineering sectors for future training and employment.

Year 7

Through a variety of practical activities, pupils will be taught knowledge, understanding and skills. Students will be taught how to

  • Identify and comply with a brief and specification in the design process
  • Select and use hand tools
  • Understand materials and their how their properties affect their intended use (focus on wood and plastics)
  • Work with hardwood, softwood and manufactured boards 
  • Work with thermoset and thermoplastics
  • Use joining methods for woods and plastics
  • Work as a team
  • Comply with health and safety in the workshop
  • Safely use machines for construction of prototype products

Year 8

Through a variety of practical activities, students will continue to build knowledge, skills and practices. Through a range of practical and theoretical experiences students will be taught how to

  • Develop relevant investigation techniques
  • Develop presentation of ideas and originality
  • Understand material properties (focus on metals and alloys)
  • Develop joining methods - soldering
  • Work independently to make final outcomes
  • Use appropriate tools safely, with confidence and skill
  • Develop testing and evaluation skills

Year 9

Engineering - Pupils working in Year 9 will experience some aspects of the KS4 engineering course through theory based learning as well as practical tasks. The projects will focus on material theory and forces.
There will be assessments throughout the year to ensure pupils are working sufficiently well to continue into Year 10 if they wish.
Topics covered include:

  • Generating final design solution using 2D drawing techniques and 3D models, e.g. detailed drawings, circuit diagrams, 3D printing, physical modelling
  • Mechanical systems
  • Flow charts
  • Select and use materials and hand tools suitable for task
  • Health and safety 
  • Engineering sectors
  • Engineering job roles

Year 10

This is a two year course, with two components covered in Year 10 and a third in Year 11. Students will be diving deeper into the world of engineering and studying both practical and theory applications. 
Students will

  • Understand materials, components and processes for a given engineered product
  • Investigate a given engineered product using disassembly techniques
  • Plan the manufacture of and safely reproduce/inspect/test a given engineered component. 

The three components in the qualification give students the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of engineering sectors and technical skills in designing and making at Levels 1 and 2. 

The components focus on: 

  • the development of core knowledge and understanding of engineering sectors, their interconnections and how they relate to the roles of employees in engineering industries 
  • knowledge and skills of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project
  • the development and application of skills such as problem solving, design, creativity, communication and collaboration. Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.

 The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, through which students will: 

  • develop key engineering practical and technical skills, including research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly 
  • learn about key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design) and the interrelation of each in industry 
  • develop knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project 
  • develop knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief

Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications
Students will explore the links between various engineering sectors and the role of design in the production of engineered products.
 

Component 2: Investigating an Engineering Project
Students will investigate the selection materials, proprietary components, making processes and disassembly of a given engineered product. They will plan, reproduce, inspect and test a single component.

Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment for these components has been designed to relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice. 
There is one external assessment, Component 3, which provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation.

Why study this course?

Engineering is the combination of maths and science in the real world. If you have an interest in why things work and how they go together this is for you. The contents of this course are not just practical based, a large portion of the work will be theory based study.

What does this course lead on to?

This course will offer you a firm grounding in engineering if you wish to study it in Sixth Form or go on to undertake an apprenticeship in an engineering subject.
 

Year 11

In Year 11 students will continue building, developing and reviewing their knowledge and skills from Year 10 and refine their understanding of the engineering sector, roles and processes. Students will complete a final year practical assessment under exam conditions. The practical assessment will also include the completion of a written conclusion.

Component 3: Responding to an Engineering Brief
Students will learn to apply performance skills and techniques in response to a brief and will be set practical tasks to be solved as a group. 
The design of this external assessment ensures that there is sufficient stretch and challenge, enabling the assessment of knowledge and understanding at the end of the learning period. The external assessment is based on a key task or tasks that require learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole qualification in an integrated way. The external assessment takes the form of a set task/external assessment taken under supervised conditions, which is then marked and a grade awarded by Pearson.

Why study this course?

Engineering is the combination of maths and science in the real world. If you have an interest in why things work and how they go together this is for you. The contents of this course are not just practical based, a large portion of the work will be theory based study.

What does this course lead on to?

This course will offer you a firm grounding in engineering if you wish to study it in Sixth Form or go on to undertake an apprenticeship in an engineering subject.