At KS4 pupils build on the knowledge from KS4 to acquire a much broader range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering and computing. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
At Key Stage 4 the faculty offers a range of GCSE options that includes Product Design and Hospitality & Catering. These are practical courses with an emphasis on good design and the manufacture of high quality products.
Students are encouraged to develop their problem solving skills through a range of design tasks initially identified by the staff but increasingly identified by the students.
This enables the students to develop expertise, allowing them to choose and apply the correct techniques to develop their work. Emphasis is placed on independent learning and decision making.
The faculty also contributes to a range of extra-curricular activities, such as supporting school productions and competitions.
Aims in Product Design
At KS4 design and technology our aims to ensure that all pupils:
Content 1 and 2 to be assessed during year 11.
Content 1 is worth 50% of the final result made up from a 2 hour written exam paper, looking at the core skills and also the specialist skills areas delivered throughout year 11. There will be some questions in the paper that test the pupil’s maths and science knowledge as well.
Content 2 is a design and make it task worth 50% of the final result and this will be completed throughout year 11 to be completed by Easter of the following year. This is made up of a portfolio of work and also a completed practical piece.