D&T is an inspiring and innovative subject and we aim to deliver an exciting, creative and challenging curriculum that is designed to develop students’ problem-solving skills, whilst giving them the opportunity to acquire life-long practical skills.

Key Stage 3

 

Students moving to APA from KS2 may have completed a mix of Art, food and light making activities, equally many will not have been exposed to any. As such, students learn the fundamentals and explore a range of materials to build their confidence. Disciplines taught across key stage 3 include Food and Nutrition, Product Design, Graphics and Textiles Technology, meaning our students are exposed to a wide range of materials and processes and all lessons combine theory work with practical application. Projects are themed within years 7 and 8, so that as students rotate disciplines, they begin to make links across specialisms which they can carry forward.

Year 7: Materials techniques and processes

Food: Healthy Eating

Graphics: Digital Design – Photoshop book sleeve

Product Design: Making Memphis – Acrylic Clock

Textiles: Surface Decoration – Cultural cushion

 

Year 8: The 6 R’s of Sustainability

Food: Seasonal Produce

Graphics: Carbon Neutral – Sustainable single use cards

Product Design: Recycled Upcycle – Desk light

Textiles: Denim Discovery – Bucket hat

 

Year 9: Interpreting the brief

Preparing students for GCSE, students follow the design process from initial brief which outlines the focus of the project, researching relevant information to help inform their ideas, to designing and making a final product. All students are expected to develop their own ideas and make decisions for themselves.

Food: Street Food

Product Design/Textiles: Storage Solutions

 

Assessment is based across three areas; Knowledge and Research, Design and Make, Test and Evaluate. This enables us to measure student performance holistically and allows all students the opportunity to excel within some aspect of the subject. .

Food lessons in school have proved to be really popular amongst all the students. The cost of ingredients for the course works out to be approximately £1.50 per lesson, per child and we do ask for parents or carers to contribute £15.00 to the cost so we can continue to deliver a high quality experience to the students. This cost will cover your child’s term of food lessons and also cover the cost of the foil containers used to take the food home, although we would encourage students to bring in their own containers if possible.

Key Stage 4

 

Design Technology GCSE

UNIT 1

Written Exam

50% of total mark

Unit 2

Coursework: Design and make practice

50% of total mark

Year 10

Students will be challenged by a range of practical activities that develop their understanding of the broad perspectives of design, development and manufacturing. Students will learn about woods, plastics and metals and get to experiment with tools, machines and techniques in order to better understand the properties of materials and their uses.

Theoretical lessons will cover:

Materials and Components

  • Classification and working properties of materials
  • Design and Market Influences
  • Processes and Manufacture

Practical Project:

Spice Rack and Confectionary boxes– Hand tools, Card Modelling, CAD/CAM, Vacuum forming,

Year 11

Students will design and make their own product in keeping with a design task, set by the exam board. They will also produce a design portfolio, demonstrating research, designing, development, modelling, manufacturing processes, testing and quality control and evaluation.

Examples of previous coursework and past papers will be available on the intranet for students to use as guidance.

 

Hospitality and Catering Level1/2 Vocational

UNIT 1

The Hospitality and Catering Industry – External online assessment (Year10)

40% of total mark

Unit 2

Hospitality and Catering in Action – Internal controlled assessment (Year 11)

60% of total mark

 

Year 10

Students gain knowledge of all parts of the industry through both theory and practical lessons and are subsequently entered for assessment for this unit at the end of year 10. The areas of study are

  • LO1 – Understand the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate
  • LO2 – Understand how hospitality and catering provision operates
  • LO3 – Understand how the hospitality and catering provision meets health and safety requirements
  • LO4 – Know how food can cause ill health
  • LO5 – Be able to propose a hospitality and catering provision to meet specific requirements

Year 11

Students continue to improve their practical skills and knowledge of nutrition within lessons in preparation for their unit 2 assessment. This takes the form of a 9-hour controlled assessment which is split into the following 3 sections:

  • LO1 – Understand the importance of nutrition when planning menus
  • LO2 – Understand menu planning
  • LO3 – Be able to cook dishes

Students are given a Learner Assessment Brief (LAB) and are required to produce a portfolio of evidence.

 

Key Stage 5

 

A Level Product Design

Unit 1

Written exams

Paper 1 – Technical Principles – 30%

Paper 2 – Designing and making principles – 20%

Unit 2

Coursework: Design and make practice – 50%

Year 12

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of both technical and design and make principles. Theoretical lessons will look in more detail at the many materials, techniques and processes used within the design industry.

Students are taught via theoretical and practical lessons.

Year 13

As with GCSE, Students will design and make their own product in keeping with a design task set by the exam board. They will also produce a substantial design portfolio, demonstrating research, designing, development, modelling, manufacturing processes, testing and quality control and evaluation.

 

A Level Fashion Textiles

Unit 1

Written exams

Paper 1 – Technical Principles – 30%

Paper 2 – Designing and making principles – 20%

Unit 2

Coursework: Design and make practice – 50%

Year 12

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of both technical and design and make principles. Theoretical lessons will look in more detail at the many materials, techniques and processes used within the fashion and textiles industry.

Students are taught via theoretical and practical lessons.

Year 13

As with GCSE, Students will design and make their own product in keeping with a design task set by the exam board. They will also produce a substantial design portfolio, demonstrating research, designing, development, modelling, manufacturing processes, testing and quality control and evaluation.