Design

Head of Design Faculty: Mrs G Spittle

Faculty Introduction

The Design Technology faculty is a combination of many disciplines including Engineering, Resistant Materials (working with woods, metals and plastics), Graphics, Textiles and Food Technology.

Our faculty aims to stimulate the curiosity, promote problem solving and critical thinking of the next generation of design and technologists. Technology is constantly evolving and we want to ensure that every student develops skills for designing for a modern society and prepare them to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.

We have very good facilities at Denbigh including: specialist workshops for both Engineering and Resistant Materials, Textiles rooms, a newly refurbished Food Technology room and an Apple Mackintosh studio. These are equipped with state of the art machinery including: a new 3D printer, a large laser cutter,  a plasma cutter, CAD/CAM routers, CNC embroidery machines and a dedicated CNC Engineering machinery bay.

Years 7-9

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students study within a carousel system and experience three different areas of Technology within each year. Course subjects include Food Technology, Textiles and Resistant Materials combined with Electronics. With each rotation, all students have the opportunity to produce quality practical outcomes, with the relevant theory work to support the manufacturing process. In Years 7-9, students have 2 one hour lessons a week.

In Year 7, the students are currently producing a pencil box and a maze game using the CAD/CAM router in Resistant Materials, an environmentally friendly Bag for Life in Textiles and completing a ‘Lunchbox Project’ in Food Technology.

In Year 8, the current projects are a Steady Hand Game in Resistant Materials (incorporating Electronics), an environmentally friendly Bag for Life in Textiles and completing a ‘Food Skills’ project in Food Technology.

In Year 9 the students are working on an LED light project in Resistant Materials (incorporating Electronics), an upcycling clothes project in Textiles and a ‘Food on the Move’ project in Food Technology.

In Years 7-9, marking and assessment follows the National Curriculum levels. Students are awarded with a level at the end of each rotation, the levels are then aggregated at the end of Years 7-9.

At the end of Year 9, students choose their GCSE subject in DT, either Engineering or Product Design. If they opt for Product Design, they then decide which material area they would like to study in, Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles or Food.

Years 10-11

At Years 10-11 we currently offer GCSE courses in Product Design which incorporates Resistant Materials, Graphics and Textiles, Food Technology and a VGCSE course in Engineering (Double Award).

GCSE Design & Technology: Product Design
Examining Board: AQA


GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

In Year 10 the students will follow a program of focused practical tasks, theory-based lessons and experimental lessons. Various projects are undertaken to allow the students to improve their researching, designing, modelling, making and evaluating skills.

In Year 11 the students undertake their final coursework, worth 60% of their final grade. Students will be given a theme on which to base their controlled assessment design portfolio. The portfolio itself will be approximately 25 A3 sheets of research, designs, development, making diary and evaluation. A high-quality prototype product will be made by the student once the final design is completed. The skills developed in Years 7-9 and Year 10 will have prepared and developed students to a level where they can work independently on their task. Once the design portfolio is completed, the students will then prepare for the written exam paper which accounts for 40% of the final grade.

Assessment:



Useful Links:

AQA Website – Product Design GCSE:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-product-design-4555

BBC GCSE Bitesize: Design & Technology:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/


Technology Student:
www.technologystudent.com

 

GCSE Design & Technology: Food Technology
Examining Board: AQA

GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology allows students to demonstrate their creativity when making food products as well as to gain an understanding of food science and nutrition. Students will develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

In Year 10 the students will follow a program of focused practical tasks, theory-based lessons and experimental lessons. They will produce a range of dishes to improve their practical skills and develop their knowledge of the function of ingredients. Practical food preparation is an essential part of this GCSE course and it is important that students are fully prepared for these sessions with appropriate ingredients.

In Year 11 the students undertake their final coursework, worth 60% of their final grade. Students will be given a theme on which to base their controlled assessment design portfolio. The portfolio itself will be approximately 25 A3 sheets of research, designs, development, making diary and evaluation. A high-quality food dish will be made by the student once the final design is completed. The skills developed in Years 7-9 and Year 10 will have prepared and developed students to a level where they can work independently on their task. Once the design portfolio is completed, the students will then prepare for the written exam paper which accounts for 40% of the final grade.

Assessment:

Useful Links:

AQA Website – Food Technology GCSE:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-food-technology-4545

BBC GCSE Bitesize: Design & Technology:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/

Technology Student:
www.technologystudent.com

 

VGCSE in Engineering (Double Award)
Examining Board: EDEXCEL

The Edexcel GCSE in Engineering (Double Award) aims to enable students to:
■ engage in a range of engineering processes and develop as effective and independent students
■ develop a range of transferable engineering skills that will form a foundation for future learning and progression
■ understand engineering and related sectors and the contribution they make to society and the economy
■ develop an awareness of emerging technologies and sustainable development in the context of engineering.

The Edexcel GCSE in Engineering (Double Award) is comprised of three units.

Unit 1: Engineering Design & Graphical Communication
In this unit, students will:
• Analyse design briefs and produce design specifications and design solutions
• Interpret and produce engineering drawings
• Present design solutions

Students will produce a design solution for an engineered product, including interpreting and producing engineering drawings. They have approximately 23-33 hours to complete the assessment.

Unit 2: Engineered Products
In this unit, students will:
• Interpret product specifications and produce production plans
• Select and using suitable tools, components and processes to safely produce an engineered product

Students will produce a final engineered product that meets design requirements and have approximately 23-33 hours to complete the assessment.

Unit 3: Application of Technology in Engineering and Manufacturing
In this unit, students will:
• Investigate the use of information and communication technology (ICT), modern and smart materials and control technology in engineering
• Understand the impact and advantages and disadvantages of using modern technology in engineering and manufacturing
• Understand the stages involved in manufacturing a product
• Investigate an engineered or manufactured product that uses modern technology

Students take a single examination in June, lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes which has a mixture of short- and long-answer questions.

Assessment:

Useful Links:

EDEXCEL Website – Engineering GCSE: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/engineering/Pages/default.aspx

 

Years 12-13

At Years 12-13 we currently offer AS/A2 courses in Product Design, Graphic Products and Engineering.

AS/A Level GCE Design & Technology: Product Design
Examining Board: OCR

OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design H053
OCR Advanced GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design H453 

This course is designed to offer leaners opportunities to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture. The qualification encourages both creativity and innovation in the design and manufacture of original products.
Students can choose to work in a wide range of material areas, including Resistant Materials, Graphics, Architecture, Textiles or Food. Students develop their ability to work with greater independence, improving their confidence as young designers. They will be taught to use a wide range of exciting and creative approaches to design that incorporates effective evaluation allowing them to take full ownership their learning. They will also have the opportunity to explore CAD/CAM through the advanced use of 3D drawing software (Creo Parametric) and laser cutting.
The Product Design A level comprises of four units and contains an Advanced Subsidiary subset of two AS units.

Unit 1 - Advanced Innovation Challenge (Examination)
In this unit, students take part in a 6 hour design challenge based on a pre-released theme, under examination conditions. The challenge consists of an analysing, designing, sketching and modelling exercise. A written reflection paper is completed at a later date.

Unit 2 - The Product Study (Coursework)
In this unit, students will carry out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements. The task will involve identifying problems, researching, designing and modelling. The work is produced on PowerPoint, including video and photographs. They will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. The knowledge and understanding students develop in this unit should also be applied to their Unit 1: Advanced Innovation Challenge.

Unit 3 - Design, Make & Evaluate (Coursework)
In this unit, students are required to produce a portfolio and product. The task involved identifying a problem, researching, designing, modelling and making a prototype. The portfolio must be produced in PowerPoint. You will have the freedom to choose a topic that you are interested in from the material areas - Resistant Materials, Graphics, Architecture, Textiles and Food.

Unit 4 - Product Design Examination
In this unit, students will carry out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements. The task will involve identifying problems, researching, designing and modelling. The work is produced on PowerPoint, including video and photographs. They will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. The knowledge and understanding students develop in this unit should also be applied to their Unit 1: Advanced Innovation Challenge.

Useful Links:

OCR Website – Product Design AS/A Level GCE:
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-design-and-technology-product-design-h053-h453/

 

AS/A Level GCE Design & Technology: Product Design – Graphics with Materials Technology
Examining Board: EDEXCEL

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design - Graphics with Materials Technology (8GR01)
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology: Product Design - Graphics with Materials Technology (9GR01)

This course allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes at AS, demonstrating their creativity, and apply these to a design and make project at A2. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, designing products. They will also develop their research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation skills.

The Graphics A level comprises of four units and contains an Advanced Subsidiary subset of two AS units.

Unit 1 - Portfolio of Creative Skills

In this unit, students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigations, designs and manufacturing activities. Students will
produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products. This unit offers an opportunity to choose different products for the three distinct sections as students are not being asked to perform one large design and make exercise but three smaller and more focused tasks which build up to provide a detailed portfolio of their skills.

This unit has been designed to be as flexible as possible, offering students a wide range of valid
approaches in producing their portfolio of creative skills. Students are encouraged to be as creative  and adventurous as possible particularly in the design stages.

Unit 2 - Design and Technology in Practice (Examination)

In this unit, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology.

It is important for students, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured.

Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

The knowledge and understanding students develop in this unit can be easily applied to their Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills. The unit content is divided into four sections, with each section outlining the specific knowledge and understanding required by the student for their examination.

Unit 3 - Designing for the Future (Examination)

In this unit, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design.

It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities upon the environment. Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practices.

The unit content is divided into four sections, with each section outlining the specific knowledge and understanding required by the student. Specific examples are given and these are the only ones with which students need to be familiar for this examination.

Unit 4 - Commercial Design (Coursework)

In this unit, students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, and to design and make a product of their choice that complies with the requirements of a graphics project.

Useful Links:

EDEXCEL Website - Product Design – Graphics with Materials Technology AS/A Level GCE: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/dt/product/Pages/default.aspx

AS/A Level GCE Engineering
Examining Board: EDEXCEL

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Engineering (Single Award) (8731)
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Engineering (Single Award) (9731)

The course is designed to give students an insight into different areas of engineering, helping them to build and apply their knowledge in practical and technological contexts through project-based study. This course is ideal for students who like creating project-style work and investigating real situations.

The Edexcel AS/A Level GCE in Engineering aims to enable students to:

  • understand the nature of different areas of engineering and the demands of the engineering and related industries and evaluate the social, economic and environmental impact these have on society, identifying ethical issues that may arise
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of the range of engineering technologies, and the complex sub-groups that make up engineering and related industries
  • apply their knowledge of engineering technology in a variety of engineering contexts, including design, to become safe users of equipment, techniques and procedures used in engineering contexts, including those dependent on ICT
  • apply their knowledge and understanding of engineering, its practical and technological aspects, through project-based practical study of engineering design, production, commissioning and maintenance.

 

The course consists of three units at AS and a further three units at A2.

Unit 1: Engineering Materials, Processes and Techniques

Engineers need to be familiar with a wide range of materials, manufacturing processes and techniques in order to fully develop new products or modify existing ones. It is important for engineers to appreciate the properties of materials as they govern the way in which they are used.

Throughout this unit students will examine the properties of a range of common engineering materials and their suitability for various applications. They will look at the way materials can be shaped into components for use in products, such as by machining or by moulding. Students will also learn how different materials can be joined together to manufacture high quality finished products.

Unit 2: The Role of the Engineer

Human intervention and new technologies have significantly shaped the modern world. All manufactured objects around us have been engineered; from the transport systems that take us around cities to the mobile communications that help us keep in touch. The role of the engineer has increasingly involved the use of scientific, technical and mathematical knowledge to improve our lives.

In this unit students will investigate the role of an engineer when designing and/or manufacturing an engineered product or service. They will understand how new technologies, time and cost constraints, legislation and standards, and health and safety legislation influenced the engineering decisions made during the design and/or manufacture of an engineered product or service. Students will investigate the role of a professional engineer responsible for the design and/or manufacture of an engineered product or service they have decided to research.

Unit 3: Principles of Design, Planning & Prototyping

Engineers are problem solvers. They are given a specification from a client, which they develop into a practical product or service using their technical knowledge and understanding to obtain an optimum design solution.

Students will learn how to read, interpret and understand engineering drawings and how to generate your own. They will then use a given client brief to produce a design solution and plan an engineered project that includes the manufacture of a prototype. Students will report back to your peers about the project in the form of a short oral presentation.

Unit 4: Applied Engineering Systems

Engineered products are many and varied. They range in complexity from everyday items such as bicycles and mobile phones to aircraft and space vehicles. It is often useful to think of these as engineering systems, each with its particular input and output. Students will learn through investigation that the more complex products can usually be broken down into a number of interconnected sub-systems. These are often arrangements of mechanical, electrical and electronic components that enable the product to function and be controlled.

In this unit students will look at ways in which engineering techniques and principles are applied in some important systems and how a systems approach can be used to solve engineering problems. The range they will cover includes static structures, pneumatic systems and the electrical lighting and power systems used in homes, offices and public buildings. Students will also look at elements of the electro-mechanical and electronic systems found in everyday life and the means by which they are controlled.

Unit 5: The Engineering Environment

In Unit 2: The Role of the Engineer, students investigated the role of the engineer and how the design and/or manufacture of an engineered product is influenced by different factors such as new technologies, legislation and standards. In this unit they will investigate a different engineered product or service to the one studied in Unit 2: The Role of the Engineer, and they will extend their studies to learn how laws, regulations and codes of practice are used to ensure developments are safe.

Students will explore how procedures and paperwork systems are used to control engineering practice and product quality. They will also learn about different ways in which the environment is protected by the way products are designed and manufactured. Students will explore how new techniques and scientific advances are used to improve the way products work, and how to create new products and services.

Unit 6: Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

This unit will draw upon the expertise students have gained during  their studies of engineering.
They will design, develop and manufacture a solution to a client brief that will be given to them.

Students will:

  • carry out appropriate research into the requirements of the given client brief
  • develop a technical design specification, negotiated and agreed with your client, that contains measurable points
  • generate alternative design ideas and their development into a final design solution
  • discuss your design solutions with other engineers (peer group) to evaluate progress and make modifications if necessary
  • plan for production, identify tasks, time constraints, quality control points, and budgetary constraints
  • consider, record and explain the use of appropriate regulations, standards and documentation during the manufacture of the engineered product
  • produce a prototype of the engineered product that fully meets the specification requirements
  • evaluate your final outcome against all the measurable points of the specification and suggestion modifications to improve the performance of the product.

 

Useful Links:

EDEXCEL Website - Engineering AS/A Level GCE: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/app-gce/engineering/Pages/default.aspx

The British Standards Institution: www.bsigroup.com
CE Technologies Ltd: www.cetechnologies.co.uk
The Environment Agency: www.environment-agency.gov.uk
The Learning and Skills Improvement Agency: www.lsis.org.uk
The Institution of Engineering and Technology: www.theiet.org
Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies: www.semta.co.uk

 

Engineering Education Scheme

For selected Year 12 students, we participate in the Engineering Education Scheme, where we are linked with a local company to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. The scheme provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that enables them to make informed decisions about their future studies and careers. This scheme runs alongside the A-Level courses we offer.

During a six-month project phase, students are encouraged to show industrial enterprise, creativity and innovation whilst gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working and project management. They have the opportunity to develop technical skills and meet professional and graduate engineers, scientists and technologists. The students present their solutions in a formal verbal presentation and formal written technical report to a panel of senior professional engineers.

Extra-Curricular

After school we run coursework catch-up sessions where students can come and work independently on their coursework, be it GCSE or AS/A Level. Teachers are available throughout the session to help students who need assistance.

We also participate in the Rotary Club’s Technology Tournament against other schools in Milton Keynes. We enter three teams, one each from Years 7-9, Years 10-11 and Years 12-13. We have been very successful in the competition in the past and hope to continue our run of success in future competitions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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