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Key Stage 4

Year 10

GCSE Design and Technology

The new specification of Design and Technology looks at all aspects of designing and making a variety of products. Students can experiment with a wide range of materials from the woods, metals and plastics to textiles, paper and card and smart and modern materials. Processes and finishes are explored along with product development, design movements and industrial production.

Students are assessed through a piece of coursework worth 50% of their grade and an exam worth 50%

GCSE Food and Nutrition

The new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. This qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

Students are assessed through 2 pieces of coursework worth 50% of their total grade and a written exam worth 50%.

Year 11

GCSE Design and Technology

Students choose a design brief set by the exam board. They will research, design, develop and make a product that solves a problem they have identified within the design briefs given. On completion of their coursework, students spend their lesson time revising and preparing for their final exam in the summer.

GCSE Food and Nutrition

Students’ first piece of coursework is to investigate the working properties of different ingredients and, through experimentation, prove a hypothesis to be correct. Their second piece of coursework requires the students to choose a design brief set by the exam board and design, develop and make a 3 course meal for a chosen target audience. On completion of their coursework, students spend their lesson time revising and preparing for their final exam in the summer.

Useful links

The Design Technology Department

Design & Technology Online

Design & Technology on the Web

Picaxe

 Past papers and examiners reports

Past Papers Product Design

Past Papers Textiles Technology

Examiners Report

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