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 will also be learning about: Improving functionality, ecological and social footprint, scales of production, materials and their useful properties, design strategies and communication of design ideas. These topics will lay a firm foundation for design and technology as an informed option choice for GCSE. 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

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

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.

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.