COURSE OUTLINE GCSE Design & Technology
Exam Board: AQA
Students cover a broad range of core theoretical content in areas such as materials, processes, emerging technologies, design movements and the environmental social & moral issues associated with the design and production of consumer goods.
Following coverage of the core content, students elect to study one of six areas of materials discipline. Students will be guided towards the most appropriate materials discipline for this in-depth study. Areas include metals, papers & boards, polymers and timbers.
In addition to Design & Technology content, students will be taught specific scientific and mathematical principles that are embedded into the specification.
The non-examined assessment unit will enable students to demonstrate the wide range of knowledge and skills that they have acquired through the design and production of a product. This will be done in response to a board-set theme, released on the 1st of June in Year 10.
The Design and Technology GCSE is comprised of two units: a written paper worth 50% of the GCSE and a non-examined assessment worth the remaining 50%. The course will be delivered as a liner, two-year qualification, with assessment in Summer of Year 11.
COURSE OUTLINE Cambridge National Level 1/2 Engineering Design
Exam Board: OCR
The Cambridge National Engineering qualifications provide an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. The courses comprise a range of specialist units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. They reflect the breadth of opportunity and enable further exploration of specific areas of interest. English and mathematics have been contextualised within the assessment aims. This allows learners to practise these essential skills in naturally occurring and meaningful contexts, where appropriate.
Cambridge National is split into 4 units all with a weighing of 25% each. Below is a brief description of what we cover.
Unit 1: R105 Design Briefs, Specifications and user requirements: Students explore the requirements of design briefs and specifications for the development of new products and how consumer requirements and market opportunities inform these briefs. They develop their understanding of the design cycle, the requirements for a design brief and design specification, and the importance of research data in developing a design solution.
Unit 2: R106 Product research and analysis: Students find out how to perform effective product analysis through both research and practical experience of product assembly and disassembly procedures. This helps the skills in critical analysis and an understanding and appreciation of manufacturing processes, design features, materials used and the principles behind design.
Unit 3: R107 Developing and presenting engineering designs: Students develop their knowledge and skills in communicating 2D and 3D design ideas, effective annotation and labelling. They use detailed hand rendering as well as computer-based presentation techniques and computer-aided design (CAD) software.
Unit 4: R108 3D Design realisation and manufacturing: Students produce a model prototype and test design ideas in a practical context. They evaluate the prototype against the product specification and consider potential features, function, materials, aesthetics and ergonomics in the final product.