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KS4

GCSE Design & Technology: Resistant Materials Technology

Subject Leader: Miss Webb
Awarding Body: AQA (4562)

Please be aware that these specifications are currently under review by the awarding body as part of the educational reform.  Whilst the syllabus and assessment should not change radically, we are bringing your attention to the fact that all qualifications, including this one, could undergo some element of change before the year of your son's/daughter's awarding.
 
AIMS OF THE COURSE:

Design and technology is a practical subject area that requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.  The course is designed for students who are interested in the various different facets within the design/engineering industries.  It is a work-related qualification, reflecting the knowledge, skills and understanding required in the sector.

Learners will also be given the opportunity to:

  • develop product design specifications/skills
  • use electrical and electronic engineering tools
  • mark out, cut and join engineering materials

STRUCTURE:

Unit 1 Materials and Components
Unit 2 Designing and making practice

TEACHING METHODS:

Learners will use computer aided design software to design products.  They will take part in practical workshops during the making process.  Classroom activities will include individual and group work.  Research will be carried out and then discussed.  Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used to facilitate/review learning.  A supplement for course materials is required of those taking this subject, in the region of £20.

ASSESSMENT:

At the end of the course assessment will be an exam, set externally and marked externally.  A synoptic assignment that will be set externally, marked internally and externally moderated.

Resistant Materials Technology 4562

Unit 1 : Written Paper (45601)

2 hours - 120 marks - 40%
Candidates answer all questions in two sections.
Pre-Release material issued.

 

PLUS

Unit 2 : Design and Making Practice (45602)

Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60%.
Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks.

PROGRESSION:

On completion of this qualification, learners may progress to level 3 qualifications such as A' Levels or Technical levels.  Alternatively, learners could progress onto an apprenticeship.  This qualification has been developed in collaboration with employers and sector experts.


Level 1 / 2 Award in Construction & the Built Environment

Edexcel BTEC:  600/6817/6
Subject leader:    Miss Webb
Period Allocation: Single option 2 years

                 
This award is designed for learners wishing to gain knowledge and work ready skills in construction crafts.

AIMS:

  • To provide a background of understanding of the construction sector
  • To provide a knowledge of the range of jobs and work settings in the sector, to enable students to gain a full understanding of the industry as a whole
  • To enable students to make an informed assessment of their own aptitude for work in this sector
  • To help the students reach a level of knowledge and skills that will facilitate progress into employment in the sector or progression to competence related qualifications.

LESSONS:

Learners must complete the two core units, the mandatory unit, and a choice of optional specialist units to reach a total of 120 GLH.  If a learner may carry forward their unit results for use in larger BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First qualifications within the same sector.  This BTEC First Award has units that the centre assesses (internal) and units that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

Unit

Core units

Assessment method

GLH

1

Construction Technology

External

30

2

Construction and Design

Internal

30

 

Mandatory units

 

 

3

Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction

Internal

30

 

Optional specialist units

 

 

4

Construction Processes and Operations

Internal

30

5

Construction Drawing Techniques

Internal

30

6

Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

Internal

30

7

Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques

Internal

30

8

Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques

Internal

30

9

Exploring Plumbing Principles and Techniques

Internal

30

10

Exploring Electrical Principles and Techniques

Internal

30


TEACHING METHODS:

The learner will take part in practical workshops in the realistic learning environment (RLE).  Classroom activities will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, taking part in game like activities, research will be carried out and then discussed.  Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used to facilitate learning.  The emphasis is on ‘learning by doing’ not on competence.  For this reason, learners are required to complete a number of assignments to show their attainment of practical skills and underpinning knowledge and an external exam is now a requirement for unit 1. 

ASSESSMENT:

Assessment for this course is divided into a series of tasks.  To achieve each unit learners need to achieve all tasks.  All assessments will be internally marked others will be external examinations and externally marked. 

  • Practical observations – Performance of skills.
  • Research and report tasks – Learners are asked to research aspects of the industry and services provided in the industry, then report in an assignment format, both clearly and logically, the information gained.
  • Knowledge questions – These are closed-book tests.

HOMEWORK:

Learners will be expected to complete the research assignments in their own time, revise for knowledge testing and practice their practical skills. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:

Suitable applicants will be interviewed to assess their interest/passion for the course.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:

Learners will require support throughout their learning programme.  Learners will be expected to word-process their research and report assignments, so access to a PC at home is advantageous, although not essential.  The school provides ICT facilities that learners can access outside of their timetable, during study periods.

PROGRESSION:

Upon successful completion of this qualification you can progress on to an industry sector competency qualification.


GCSE Engineering

Subject Leader: Miss Webb
Awarding Body: AQA (4850)


AIMS OF THE COURSE:

The course is designed for students who are interested in the various different facets within the Engineering industry.  It is a work-related qualification, reflecting the knowledge, skills and understanding required in the sector and is designed to focus on:

  • relationships between different sectors
  • job roles and training opportunities
  • computer systems for a range of engineering activities
  • socio-economic effects of engineering design
  • importance of legislation.

Learners will also be given the opportunity to:

  • develop product design specifications
  • use electrical & electronic engineering tools
  • mark out, cut and join engineering materials.

STRUCTURE:

Unit 1 -  Materials, Technologies & Design Considerations
Unit 2 -  Designing, Communicating & Manufacturing

(Double award – post-16 only)

Unit 3 -  Application of Technology
Unit 4 -  Developing Design & Manufacturing Products

TEACHING METHODS:

Learners will take part in practical workshops.  Classroom activities will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, research will be carried out and then discussed.  Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used to facilitate learning. 

ASSESSMENT:

At the end of the course assessment will be an exam, set externally & marked externally and a synoptic assignment that will be set externally, marked internally and externally moderated.

PROGRESSION:

On completion of this qualification, learners may progress to Level 3 qualifications such as 'A' Levels or Technical Levels.  Alternatively, learners could progress onto an apprenticeship.  This qualification has been developed in collaboration with employers, sector experts, colleges and training providers. 


 

KS5

A Level Design & Technology: Product Design (3-D design)

Subject Leader:    Miss Webb
Awarding Body:   AQA


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Suitable applicants will be interviewed to assess their interest/passion for the engineering/design industry.  They must be of smart appearance and have good interpersonal skills.  Suitable applicants will have five GCSEs grade 'C' or above, three of these must be in the core, English, Maths and Science.  Two will be from other subjects.  A flare for art and design would be useful.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This qualification is designed for learners that wish to gain a broad view of design and technology, who wish to develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

COURSE AIM:

  • To provide a broad background of understanding of the sector and the vocational skills/knowledge required to work at foundation level in the industry
  • To enable students to make an informed assessment of their own aptitude for work in this sector
  • To help the students reach a level of knowledge and skills that will facilitate progress into employment in the sector.

ASSESSMENT:

Unit 1 - PROD1 materials, components and application
Unit 2 - PROD 2 learning through designing and making
Unit 3 - PROD3 design and manufacture
Unit 4 - PROD4 design and making practice.

PROGRESSION ROUTES:

Upon successful completion of this qualification you can progress to higher education, in to employment in the engineering industry or on to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

LESSON STRUCTURE:

The learner will take part in practical workshops.  ICT design programmes, such as 2D design and Solidworks will be used to facilitate learning and complete coursework.  Classroom activities will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, research will be carried out and then discussed.  Note taking will be required.

EQUIPMENT/GENERAL COURSE COSTS:

For those aged 16-18 years, course fees are not applicable.  There will be a recommended textbook list and students will be required to pay a course supplement of approximately £25.00 for course materials/sundries.  Learners are required to wear the appropriate PPE when in the workshop environment.

Please note there will be educational trips arranged throughout the year to enhance the course delivery, however costs for these optional trips will be advised nearer the time.

N.B.  Students over 19 years old at the start of the course will be expected to pay course fees, please enquire at the school if unsure.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:

Access to a PC at home is advantageous, although not essential.  The school provides ICT facilities that learners can access outside of their timetable, during study periods.

 

Staff Profile

Mr Neil Suttle - Construction teacher

I started my teaching career at Bromley College of Further and Higher Education in 2004, where I taught carpentry, bench joinery and general construction subjects. I left further education in 2008 to work at a Pupil Referral Unit in Lewisham, to further develop my behaviour management skills and to work with students with special educational needs. I joined Knole Academy in September 2013 to train students in various construction practical and theory subjects; knowledge learnt on the construction course will help students work towards a trade or professional careers at college or university. I am also a form tutor.

When I left school I became an apprentice carpenter and joiner and was employed by one of the biggest construction companies in Southern England.  After 5 years of training I stayed with my employer for an extra 3 years before I decided to take the plunge and set up my own construction business with a friend, specialising in shop fitting and office and home refurbishments.

I decided to become a teacher because I had trained a number of apprentices to become carpenters while I was working on construction sites and enjoyed seeing them progress and develop skills while under my supervision.

I continue to update my knowledge and skills by continuing to do work for some of my old clients and also attend various construction trade shows throughout the year, to keep up with new technologies and industry standards.

Mr Philip Smith - Engineering Teacher

I am a qualified Motorcycle Technician and Mechanic having carried out my training at Merton Technical College in Morden.  I then trained as an Aerospace Technician in the research and development area of defence systems, ending up as an Assistant Engineering Controller for the MOD.  I was responsible for all areas regarding engineering and this include training local college students during their work experience.  I became interested in education and enrolled on a teaching degree at Goldsmiths University. I have been teaching since 1999.

 I have a passion for all things to do with engineering, especially Engineering Design.  I find it fascinating that we are able to design and make the things we have around us and I hope that I pass on this enthusiasm to my students.

It is very important that, as a nation, we have our own engineers and I will be striving to make sure that all Knole Academy students have access to engineering.  There are so many opportunities for all students in the world of engineering to have fulfilling careers.  I want more students, female and male, to take up engineering and go onto a career in engineering.

Engineers make a difference to the people and world around them.

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