Design and Technology

Welcome to the Design and Technology Department at Test Valley School. We are an experienced and enthusiastic team of teachers who are dedicated to ensuring that every pupil achieves their best and enjoys their studies in a challenging but supportive environment.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are encouraged to take an iterative approach to product design with a variety of opportunities to model, develop and produce working prototypes to meet the needs of a variety of situations. Within these projects pupils also experience working with structural, mechanical and control systems. All staff promote a responsible approach to Design and Technology by encouraging pupils to consider and reflect on the sustainability of their proposals in order to optimise the product’s potential whilst reducing its environmental impact.

As in industry, improvement through development and modelling are key focus areas for us, with particular emphasis on card modelling and computer aided design where appropriate.

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 10)

Design and Technology, specialising in one of the following areas:

Electronic Products, Graphic Products, Textile Products, Timber Products

Subject Design and Technology
Examination Board AQA
Specification 8552
Assessment 50% Examination, 50% Non-Examination Assessment
English Baccalaureate No

At Key Stage 4 to enable them to make better design choices, all pupils will study the following core technical principles:

  • new and emerging technologies
  • energy generation and storage
  • developments in new materials
  • systems approach to designing
  • mechanical devices
  • materials and their working properties.

In addition to the core technical principles, all pupils will need to 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.

Each specialist technical principle will need to be studied in relation to one material category from the list below:

  • papers and boards
  • timber based materials
  • metal based materials
  • polymers
  • textile based materials
  • electronic and mechanical systems.

Pupils will continue to build on their iterative approach to product design while developing their understanding that products and systems are designed and made for a wide range of contexts. They will also learn that the prototypes they develop must satisfy wants or needs and be fit for their intended use. For example, the home, school, work or leisure.

Through their work they will need 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

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

A non-examined assessment (50%) consisting of a single design and make project in which pupils develop a working prototype with supporting design folder in response to a context provided by the examination board in June of year 10. This work should represent 30 – 35 hours of work.

There is also a 2-hour examination which counts for (50%) of the final grade.

Is this course suitable?

This course is particularly suited for pupils who:

  • enjoy the challenge of designing and making products for different contexts.
  • take pride in striving to create innovative and original prototypes
  • are resilient when faced with challenging designing and making problems
  • are able to evaluate the success of a prototype in relation to its intended need and use
  • are able to reflect and identify improvements to their design and make activities

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

  • Education – A-Level Product Design or level 3 Technical award
  • Employment – product design, architecture, engineering, graphic design, set design

Food Preparation and Nutrition (Current Year 10 and 11)

Subject Food Preparation and Nutrition
Examination Board AQA
Specification 8585
Assessment 50% Non-Exam Assessment 50% Written Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

They must enjoy practical food lessons and take responsibility for organising ingredients for practical work.

Be able to keep records of practical work and use Computing resources to display results.

Is this course suitable?

Studying food is an exciting, practical and creative opportunity. Pupils must be able to work independently but also in small groups. Being organised is essential for lessons and for the successful completion of written work.

What will pupils learn on this course?

This exciting and creative course focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure pupils develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. This qualification focuses on nurturing pupils’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Paper 1

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

50% of GCSE

Non Exam Assessments

50% of GCSE

Task 1: Food investigation 30 marks

Practical investigations into the characteristics of food

Task 2: Food preparation assessment 70 marks

Pupils will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

The qualification will be graded on a nine-point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Completing written accounts of practical lessons.
  • Organising ingredients
  • Research into given food topics

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

The food industry is expanding all the time and is one of the largest employers in the UK. A Food Preparation and Nutrition qualification can lead to careers in food marketing, food product development and diet related industries.

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 11)

Electronic Products

Subject Design and Technology: Electronic Products
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4540
Assessment 60% Controlled assessment 40 % Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Before taking this course pupils will need to have completed Key Stage 3 Design and Technology with drive and enthusiasm. Ideally they will need to be in set 1 or 2 for Mathematics and Science.

Is this course suitable?

This course is particularly suited for pupils who:

  • are interested in being highly challenged on a lesson by lesson basis
  • are good independent workers with an enthusiasm for designing, developing and eventually making products
  • take pride in producing detailed design drawings
  • are resilient when faced with challenging designing and making problems
  • are able to evaluate the success of a ‘design and make’ project and reflect on how they might improve

What will pupils learn on this course?

The knowledge of electronics is explored through circuit modelling, from basic components through to some complex integrated circuit behaviour. A mini project is conducted in order to gain knowledge and understanding of appropriate construction techniques required to for the controlled assignment. A wide range of computer programmes are used to perform a range challenging activities including programming integrated circuits, computer aided design of product case, computer aided manufacture of product cases, computer aided design of complex circuit boards and engineering drawings as well as the use of ICT to present controlled assessment. A sustainable approach to designing and making: “Designing for Maintenance”. This course will help the pupils’ skills and techniques in drawing, modelling, and card engineering. It will also introduce pupils to commercial processes used in industry.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

The controlled assessment (60%) consists of a single design and make project for which pupils will need to produce a fully functioning cased electronic product capable of being batch produced based on a theme. A two hour written paper (40%) tests pupils on all the things they have learnt over the two years.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Research and preparation to support the Controlled Assessment
  • Revision for termly phase tests
  • Revision to embed learning for the Year 11 mock exam and terminal examination

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

  • Education – A-Level Electronic Product Design, engineering courses or degrees
  • Employment – an apprenticeship within the electronics or avionics industries or a career in design or engineering

Graphic Products

Subject Design and Technology: Graphic Products
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4550
Assessment 60% Controlled Assessment 40% Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Before taking this course pupils will need to have completed Key Stage 3 Design and Technology with drive and enthusiasm. They should have basic drawing skills and an ability to develop a diverse range of ideas in response to a design brief. Card modelling skills are a vital skill in order to complete this course.

Is this course suitable?

This course is particularly suited for pupils who:

  • are good independent workers with an enthusiasm for designing, developing and eventually making products
  • take pride in producing detailed design drawings
  • are resilient when faced with challenging designing and making problems
  • are able to evaluate the success of a ‘design and make’ project and reflect on how they might improve

What will pupils learn on this course?

  • A sustainable approach to designing and making: “Designing for Maintenance”
  • Improved drawing skills and techniques
  • Styles of drawing: Pictorial, Sequence, Schematic
  • Improved modelling skills and techniques
  • Card Engineering skills
  • How to use colour to create different moods
  • How to design and produce: Pop–ups, Flat Pack self-assembly kits
  • Commercial Processes used in industry
  • Use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
  • Professional designers and their work
  • How to produce a detailed coursework folder

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

The controlled assessment (60%) consists of a single design and make project for which pupils may need to produce three different items all based on a theme: 3D Display stand, Ticket and Poster for a production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

There is also a two hour exam which counts for 40% of the final grade.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

In Year 10, researching a particular theme for a project, producing a Mood Sheet and drawing and modelling based development work. In Year 11, research work for the coursework project and also some development of design work started in class.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

Education – A-Level Product Design or Graphic Design, Foundation Engineering courses

Employment – a career in the design or engineering industry

Resistant Materials (RMT)

Subject Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (RMT)
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4560
Assessment 60% Controlled Assessment 40% Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Before taking this course pupils will need to have completed Key Stage 3 Design and Technology with drive and enthusiasm. They should have basic drawing skills and an ability to develop a diverse range of ideas in response to a design brief. Card modelling skills are a vital skill in order to complete this course.

Is this course suitable?

This course is particularly suited for pupils who:

  • are good independent workers with an enthusiasm for designing, developing and eventually making products
  • take pride in producing detailed design drawings
  • are resilient when faced with challenging designing and making problems
  • are able to evaluate the success of a ‘design and make’ project and reflect on how they might improve

What will pupils learn on this course?

  • A sustainable approach to designing and making: “Designing for Maintenance”
  • Improved drawing skills and techniques
  • Critical analysis and evaluation of existing and concept products
  • Improved modelling skills and techniques
  • How to use a range of workshop tools and processes
  • How to design and produce: Pop–ups, Flat Pack self-assembly kits
  • Commercial processes used in industry
  • Use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM)
  • Professional designers and their work
  • How to produce a detailed coursework folder

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

The controlled assessment (60%) consists of a single design and make project for which pupils may need to produce one, complete, fully working prototype.

There is also a two hour exam which counts for 40% of the final grade.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

In Year 10, researching a particular theme for a project, producing a Mood Sheet and drawing and modelling based development work. In Year 11, research work for your coursework project and also some development of design work started in class.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

Education – A-Level Product Design, Foundation Engineering courses

Employment – a career in the design or engineering industry

Textiles

Subject Design and Technology: Textiles
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4570
Assessment 60% Controlled Assessment 40% Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Pupils must:

  • Enjoy practical Textiles lessons.
  • Have an interest in current trends.
  • Be able to keep records of practical work and use Computing resources to display results.

Is this course suitable?

Studying Textiles is an exciting, practical and creative opportunity. Pupils must be able to work independently but also in small groups. Being organised and keeping accurate records is essential for all practical lessons and folder work.

What will pupils learn on this course?

  • basic skills in construction and decorative techniques are developed through practical work in Year 10; this will include the use of a variety of materials both traditional and modern ‘smart’ materials and the use of traditional and modern equipment.
  • to design and produce quality products and test, analyse and evaluate existing products and consider the demands placed on designers such as sustainability, environmental issues and ethical trading.
  • how products are manufactured in quantity by exploring computer aided design and manufacture.

Year 11 is when most of the controlled assessment is carried out. This work will be an independent response to a chosen design brief.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

A controlled assessment folder is kept in school recording all work completed throughout the course. This will contribute towards the marks, although most of the marks are awarded for the practical product made in school.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

Pupils will need to complete independent research and investigations such as carrying out surveys or questionnaires in shops or with individuals. Testing products and gathering ideas and information.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

Careers in the Design Industry are widespread and include Art and Design careers, working in the Retail industry, Teaching and Theatre costume design.

Provision of Materials

All equipment and protective clothing used for food and textiles work will be provided, as will ingredients and fabric for experimental work. Pupils will know at least one week in advance if they need to bring any ingredients for a practical activity. If there is a problem supplying any of the ingredients they should discuss it with their teacher at least two days before the lesson. Ingredients required for a practical activity should be brought into school already weighed out. Appropriate containers will be needed.