Technology & Design

Teachers:

 

Mrs M. Quinn

Mr F. McGilligan

Mr. A McIvor

 

Aims:

 

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Technology and Design Department aims to:

 

  • Enable pupils to become confident and responsible in solving real life problems;
  • Encourage pupils to strive for creative solutions to real life problems;
  • Develop pupils as independent learners, capable of adapting to any given problem or situation;
  • Enable pupils to achieve product excellence; and
  • Develop pupils’ social consciousness when developing products.

 

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KS3:

 

At Key Stage 3, Technology and Design is delivered over two lessons per week. The subject content is delivered through design and manufacture projects where pupils experience areas such as:

 

  • Product Design
  • Electronics
  • Mechanisms
  • Computer Control
  • Computer Aided Design (Laser Cutter)
  • Computer Aided Manufacture (Boxford Router)
  • Materials
  • Workshop Skills.

 

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KS4 (GCSE):

 

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

 

At Key Stage 4, the Technology and Design Department offers Technology and Design at GCSE Level. Pupils follow the CCEA specification. Technology and Design is delivered over five lessons per week.

Unit 1: Theory (20%)

 

This unit aims to develop pupils’ understanding of design principles, how technological products function and awareness of materials and industrial processes.

 

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 1 hour to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

 

Unit 3: Theory (Product Design) - Specialist (20%)

 

This unit aims to develop pupils’ understanding Product Design. This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 1 hour to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

 

Unit 4: Design Assignment (20%)

 

This unit aims to enable pupils to solve design problems.

In this unit, pupils are required to research, design and solve a problem using hand drawn graphics and internet research.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 13 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

 

Unit 5: Project (20%)

 

This unit aims to enable pupils to design and manufacture a product to solve a problem or suit a need.

In this unit, pupils are required to research, design, develop and manufacture a technological product. Pupils will engage in the manufacture of electronic systems and product casings using the latest manufacturing technologies: laser cutting and 3D printing.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 30 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

 

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KS5 (A Level):

 

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 5 CURRICULUM

 

At Key Stage 5, the Technology and Design Department offers Systems Design and Product Design at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the CCEA specification. At AS and A2 Level, Systems Design and Product Design are each delivered over nine periods per week.

At AS Level, students must successfully complete two modules. A further two modules must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

 

AS TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN (PRODUCT DESIGN)

 

Unit AS 1: Product Design (25%)

 

This unit is a study of product design, including materials and their processing. Product design includes: safety, designing, product analysis and improvement and intellectual property rights.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be externally.

 

Unit AS 2: Product Development – Coursework (25%)

 

The emphasis in this unit is on the analysis and development of an existing product with a view to re-designing either the product or an aspect of it.

Students will produce a 3-dimensional model or prototype which represents the practical outcome of the product analysis and development.

A portfolio should accompany the practical component.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Students will have 45 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of AS. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

 

A2 TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN (PRODUCT DESIGN)

 

Unit A2 1: Product Design (25%)

 

This unit involves students in an in-depth study of Product Design and Practice, including: environmental issues, marketing, selling products, design and ICT in manufacture and the work of product designers.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 1 hour to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

 

Unit A2 2: System, Design and Manufacture – Coursework (25%)

 

In this unit, students are required to design and manufacture a technological product or system.

Students must identify a problem or need and ensure it provides sufficient scope to meet the assessment criteria. A technological product must have an energy source to make it function and include a control system comprising input, process and output.

A portfolio should accompany the practical component.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Students will have 60 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

 

Other Information e.g. Awards, extra activities etc

 

The Technology and Design Department strive to enhance the pupils learning experience in a wide range of extra-curricular activities at all levels.

 

  • Step Up Engineering - Pupils from Year 13 are actively participating in Step Up Engineering at University of Ulster Magee.
  • Each year we host a Technology Tournament for pupils in year ten this is a fun event were twenty teams from ten different schools participate.
  • STEM BUS – Pupils at KS3 – KS5are given the opportunity to actively participate in activities such as 3D printing / laser cutting / CNC router on the STEM bus.
  • Linking Learning.
  • P6 Curriculum challenge.
  • After school Technology and Design Club for GCSE, AS and A2 pupils.
  • Occupational Studies in CAD and Bench Joinery.

 

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