All pupils in Design & Technology follow a carousel model throughout Y7, 8 and 9. They rotate across 5 different projects each year and gain valuable experience in each of the 5 discrete areas that provide key skills necessary in all aspects of D&T.
The 5 key areas are:
• Product Design
• Graphics – CAD/CAM.
All projects in Key Stage 3 are underwritten with the expectation that pupils will learn through making. It is an expectation that each student will complete a project with an artefact they have created and can take home. In all cases, the practical work is supported with paperwork they have produced to justify what they have made. pupils’ work will always be in response to a prescribed brief and evaluated against an agreed criteria.
They will also sit 3 exams that will be sections of the AQA exams sat at GCSE, were they to go onto pick this as a GCSE.
Revision materials will be provided by subject teachers and all pupils within the year group will sit the same exam regardless of the specialist area they are currently studying.
All the GCSE courses are on the AQA examination board website and currently operate under the 60% coursework and 40% exam model.
Each of the GCSE courses work to the same grading framework:
• Investigating the design context
• Development of designs (including modelling)
• Testing and evaluation
The Y10 and y11 exams are 2 hour papers that test subject knowledge, creativity and problem solving. Examples of the exam papers along with more course details can be found on the website.