GCSE Design and Technology

textilesDesign Technology subjects are optional at GCSE and B-Tec level. The course is spread over two years and students will have 5 lessons spread over the 2 week timetable. Year 10 is an important year for gaining knowledge and understanding of the subject through theory and practical tasks.
Students have to produce a portfolio of work and a practical outcome. This coursework usually counts for 60% of the overall grade, but can vary between courses 40% of the overall grade is an exam, which tests the knowledge gained over the two year course and will be taken at the end of year 11 during the summer exam season. Coursework will be completed in lessons beginning in the June half term in Year 10 until February half term in Year 11.

In Year 10 we currently offer Catering, Food, Textiles and Graphics Technology GCSE and Engineering BTEC. These are optional subjects and we follow EDEXCEL for Food, Textiles and Graphics and WJEC for Catering. Students have 5 lessons over the two week timetable and will complete a variety of practical tasks and skills over the year.

In Year 11, students will complete their controlled assessment. This involves a piece or pieces of practical work, plus a design portfolio this accounts for 60% of their overall grade. Students will also be thoroughly prepared for their Examinations which counts for 40% of their overall grade.

Textiles
In Year 10 we start by looking at the basics of Textiles. Through practical lessons, students learn how fabric is constructed then how it is manipulated into clothing by learning dressmaking skills.
These skills will then be put into practice by using a commercial pattern for a top project. After learning the main skills we then complete an embellishment project with the focus being on the designs.

In Year 11 the focus is on the coursework. Each student must produce an A3 design portfolio and a practical outcome based on a topic of their choice.
This coursework counts for 60% of the overall mark. In the past students have produced projects based on: playmats, costumes, prom dresses, jackets, children’s clothes and even horse blankets.
After the coursework is finished, we start on extensive preparation for the 40% examination, which will be taken at the end of year 11 during the summer exam season.

Food
In Year 10 students study a variety of different theory and practical modules. Some of these are based around staple food components, nutrition, food packaging and process, industrial technologies and functional properties.

In Year 11 the focus is on the coursework. Each student must produce an A3 investigative portfolio and a practical outcome based on a topic of their choice.
This coursework counts for 60% of the overall mark. In the past students have produced projects based on: hospital menus, low fat diets, developing fresh pasta for super markets, menus for restricted budgets and cultural cuisine awareness.
After the coursework is finished, we start on extensive preparation for the 40% examination, which is taken at the end of year 11 during the summer exam season.