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Design Technology

Subject Leader for DT&Engineering: Mr P Abel
 

KS4

GCSE Design & Technology

Exam Board: WJEC
Level: 2

Course Overview

Students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.  Pupils will study for an external exam and for a Non-Examined Assessment.

Assessment: 50% examination, 50% controlled assessment.

 

Vocational Award in Engineering

Exam Board: WJEC
Level: 1/2

Course Overview

The WJEC Vocational Award in Engineering provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and develop specific knowledge and skills students need to work successfully in the engineering industry.

Pupils will study the following units:

  • Unit One – Engineering Design
  • Unit Two – Producing Engineering Products
  • Unit Three – Solving Engineering Problems

Assessment: 25% Examination, 75% Coursework

 

KS5

Technical Level in Engineering Design

Exam Board: AQA
Level: 3

Course Overview

The AQA Tech Level in Engineering will allow learners the opportunity to learn and understand the core principles and technologies that underpin modern engineering. It will provide them with opportunities to develop sound practical engineering investigation, design, construction, and testing skills which are critical to being a good technician and/or Incorporated Engineer.

This qualification will provide the core technical knowledge required for preparing to work in the engineering industry and reflects the nature of modern engineering. This includes:

  • Analytical and scientific methods for engineers
  • Mechanical, electrical, electronic and digital principles and applications
  • Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Health, safety and risk assessment in engineering
  • Plant and process principles and applications.

Assessment: 75% internally assessed coursework, 25% examination.

 

Curriculum Content

Year 7 Design and Technology (Pupils complete three projects on a Carousel)

Rotation One: Maze Game
Pupils learn some basic workshop skills whilst manufacturing a maze game.

Rotation Two: Design Skills Portfolio
Pupils learn about some of the essential skills of a designer including product analysis and creative design. This year's brief will focus on designing a new Olympic Torch for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Rotation Three: Photo Frame
Pupils will continue to develop and refine practical skills during this project.
 

Year 8 Design and Technology (Pupils complete three projects on a Carousel)

Rotation One: Angle Poise Lamp
Pupils learn some basic workshop skills whilst manufacturing an angle poise lamp.

Rotation Two: Design Skills Portfolio
Pupils learn about some of the essential skills of a designer including product analysis and creative design. This year's brief will focus on designing a new Olympic Torch for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Rotation Three: Desk Fan
Pupils will continue to develop and refine practical skills during this project.

Year 9 (WJEC Engineering)

Term 1: Engineering Design - Investigation - Target Market Research, Existing Product Analysis, Design Brief and Specification~
Term 2: Engineering Design - Design Skills - Creative design skills, engineering drawing, CAD/CAM
Term 3: Engineering Design - Presenting Information and ideas, evaluation
Term 4-6: Unit 1Controlled Assessment
 

Year 9 (GCSE Design Technology)

Term 1-2: Project one: Sport and Leisure: Design and make a creative solution to improve an individual or group sport or activity.
Term 3: Electrical Systems
Term 4-5: Project Two -Improving the daily life of the elderly: Look at specific needs of elderly people and design a unique product that would support their everyday lives.

Term 6: Mechanical Systems - Analyse the function of mechanical products which have pulley systems, gear systems, levers and linkages, rack and pinion, cams.

Year 10 (GCSE Design Technology)

Term 1-2: Project one: Sport and Leisure: Design and make a creative solution to improve an individual or group sport or activity.
Term 3: Electrical Systems
Term 4-5: Project Two -Improving the daily life of the elderly: Look at specific needs of elderly people and design a unique product that would support their everyday lives.

Term 6: Mechanical Systems - Analyse the function of mechanical products which have pulley systems, gear systems, levers and linkages, rack and pinion, cams.

Year 10 (WJEC Engineering)

Term 1: Engineering Design – Investigation – Target market Research, Existing Product Analysis, Design brief and specification.
Term 2: Engineering Design – Design Skills – Creative design skills, engineering drawing, CAD/CAM
Term 3: Engineering Design – Presenting information and ideas, Evaluation
Term 4-6: Unit 1 Controlled Assessment


Year 11 (WJEC Engineering)

Term 1-3: Completion of outstanding coursework tasks,  Engineer’s toolbox project
Term 4-6: Coursework Improvement, Engineer’s toolbox project


Year 11 (GCSE Design Technology)

Term 1-3: Completion of externally moderated coursework assignment
Term 4-6: Exam Preparation

Sixth Form Provision

Technical Level Engineering Design 

Level 3

Year One

  • Unit 1 – Materials Technology and Science
  • Unit 2 – Mechanical Systems
  • Unit 4 - Engineering Design
  • Unit 5 - Production & Manufacturing

Year Two

    Unit 3 – Mathematics for Engineers
  • Unit 6 – Design Visualisation
  • Unit 7 – Advanced Design for Manufacture
  • Unit 8 – Design Engineer Project Management

 

Useful Website Links:

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Matweb
EngineeringToolbox
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