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Langley Grammar School

Langley Grammar School

Design Technology

Years 7-9

During Years 7-9 students are taught on a rotation basis, experiencing each of the three disciplines in technology over the course of the year. The following topics are taught.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Food Technology:

Bacteria, cross contamination, basic nutrition, eatwell plate, food safety, hygiene, diet and nutrients.

Research skills, fast food, nutritional modelling, recipe engineering, hedonic rating sensory analysis, cooking via conduction, radiation & convection.

 

Product Design:

Plastics, thermo-plastic, thermosetting plastic, MDF, vacuum forming, line bending, joining, health and safety in the workshop.

Hardwood, softwood, pillar drill, coping saw, sanding, joining.

 

Textiles:

Geometric shapes, primary colours, secondary colours, colour wheel, moodboard, fabric paint, scalpel, cutting mat, safety ruler, cotton, calico, cushion, hem, seam, seam allowance, masking tape, top stitching, pattern.

Fibre, sew, needle, stitch, fabric, seam, scissors, design, annotation, aesthetic, embroidery, specification, pinning, evaluation, textiles, cushion.

Food Technology:

Staple foods, gelatinisation, sauces, design ideas and development, sensory analysis as part of product specifications, product plans, ethical, reduction sauce, roux.

Food miles, fair trade, organic foods, seasonal, ethical labelling, globalisation.

 

Product Design:

Theme, design brief, situation, specification, design ideas, target market, rendering, 2D design, product analysis, aesthetics, components, appeal, function, marketability.

Thermoplastics, thermosetting plastics, softwood, hardwood, man-made boards, CAD/CAM.

 

Textiles:

Pattern pieces, template, tie dye, batik, tjanting tool, wax resist, block printing, painting, weaving, warp, weft, African, moodboard, appliqué, drawstring bag, eyelets, cord, handles, shopping bag.

Appliqué, zig zag stitch, tacking, embellishment, sequins, ribbons, buttons, beads, string, synthetic, natural.

Food Technology:

Working characteristics and food science of basic ingredients,   food processing, nutritional analysis for target groups, nutrition for health

Canteen, product development, data handling, industrial practices, nutritional analysis, cost analysis.

 

Product Design:

Sports trophy, hardwood, metals, pop rivet, joining, vanishing, pillar drill, sanding, CAD/CAM, health and safety.

Recycling, orthographic drawing, laser cutting, rendering, shaping, design movement.

 

Textiles:

Circuit, cell, LED, switch, parallel, conductive thread, over-stitching, running-stitch, component, technical textiles, e-textiles, bondaweb, appliqué, layering, pattern pieces, template.

Consumer profile, target market, specification, product analysis, moodboard, measuring tape, creativity.

 

 

GCSE

Students studying the subject at GCSE follow the AQA Design Technology specification (8552)

First teaching from September 2017 onwards, first GCSE exam in 2019.

During the course the following topics are covered.

Year 10 Year 11

New and emerging technologies

Energy generation and storage

Development in new materials

Systems approach to designing

Mechanical devices

Materials and their working properties.

Specialist technical principles

Forces and stresses

Ecological and social footprint

Stock forms, types and sizes of materials

Scales of production

Investigation, primary and secondary data

The work of others e.g. designers.

Design strategies

Communication of design ideas

Selection of materials and components

Year 11 term 1 will be spent on the NEA (Non-examined assessment / coursework project).

It’s intended to be an iterative process so the learning activities will be directed by the student and will depend on their project.

Mock Exam revisions

Carry on working on their NEA

Revision

For more detailed information on the course content and assessment please refer to the examination board website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552/introduction

 

A Level

Information regarding the A Level follow the AQA Product Design specification (7551). During the course the following topics are covered.

Year 12 Year 13

Materials and their applications

Performance characteristics of materials

Enhancement of materials

Forming, redistribution and addition processes

The use of finishes

Modern industrial and commercial practice

Digital design and manufacture

The requirements for product design and development.

Health and safety

Protecting designs and intellectual property

Design for manufacturing, maintenance, repair and disposal

Feasibility studies

Enterprise and marketing in the development of products

How technology and cultural changes can impact on the work of designers

Design processes

Critical analysis and evaluation

Selecting appropriate tools, equipment and processes

Non-exam assessment criteria: It’s intended to be an iterative process so the learning activities will be directed by the student and will depend on their project.

Materials and their applications

Performance characteristics of materials

Enhancement of materials

Forming, redistribution and addition processes

The use of finishes

Modern industrial and commercial practice

Digital design and manufacture

The requirements for product design and development.

Health and safety

Protecting designs and intellectual property

Design for manufacturing, maintenance, repair and disposal

Feasibility studies

Enterprise and marketing in the development of products

How technology and cultural changes can impact on the work of designers

Design processes

Critical analysis and evaluation

Selecting appropriate tools, equipment and processes

Non-exam assessment criteria: It’s intended to be an iterative process so the learning activities will be directed by the student and will depend on their project.

For more detailed information on the course content and assessment please refer to the examination board website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/as-and-a-level/design-and-technology-product-design-7551