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Design Technology

Curriculum Vision

 

Design & Technology at North Birmingham Academy is about encouraging children to:

  • Enjoy the subject
  • Design creatively along with using key terminology to understand how a design could be brought to life
  • Develop high quality making and thinking skills through a range of technology areas (Textiles, Food, Product Design, Electronics, Graphics, Motor Vehicles)
  • Pay attention to detail ensuring that they focus on the quality of finish of a product
  • Have confidence to experiment with a range of materials and make informed decisions
  • Produce quality products in a range of materials
  • Use technology to make a working product
  • Work independently
  • Evaluate critically and suggest modifications

 

Design and technology is a dynamic and enormously valuable subject area in which all pupils can develop confidence, self-esteem and vital key skills.  Students have the opportunity to study all elements of Design and Technology ensuring that all students find an area in which they enjoy and can excel.

 

Department Staff 

 

Head of Zone:  Mrs J. Hodgson

   Janine.Hodgson@E-ACT.org.uk

Head of Department:  Mrs M. Harbott

   Michelle.Harbott@E-ACT.org.uk

Teacher of Food Technology:  Mrs R. Starkey

   Rochelle.Starkey@E-ACT.org.uk

Teacher of Motor Vehicles:  Mr S. Bristow

   Stephen.Bristow@E-ACT.org.uk

Teacher of D&T:  Mr A. Stratford

   Andrew.Stratford@E-ACT,org.uk

 

Useful Websites

 

AQA Exam Board  

BBC Bitesize    

Tech Student    

KS3

At Key Stage Three students follow an 8 week rotation system across all subjects in the Design & Technology Zone, this allows them to undertake a range of different topics to ensure they cover all the skills and knowledge for a well-rounded understanding of D&T.  The different specialisms which they rotate between in Year 7 & Year 8 are: Textiles, Food, Product Design, Electronics and Graphics. 

At end of Year 8 students have the opportunity to choose 2 technology areas, such as choose from Textiles, Food, Product Design, Electronics,Graphics and Motor Vehicles.  Students then spend Year 9 studying 2 specialist areas enabling them to develop more in depth knowledge, make more complex products and build on areas and skills which they find most enjoyable.  In Year 9 students spend 20 weeks in each of their chosen areas.

Year 7

Rotations are 8 weeks long

Textiles

Teacher:  Mrs J. Hodgson

Students design a Jester- style hat.  Students develop their practical skills so that they are able to use sewing machines to make a working product constructed and decorated using technical processes.

Electronics

Teacher:  Mr S. Bristow or Mr A. Stratford

Students design and make an electronic outcome using a basic control system.  Students gain skills in basic systems, knowledge of component and construct the product using electronic equipment and hand tools.

Food

Teacher:  Mrs R. Starkey

Students learn basic food skills, food safety and food hygiene.  Students develop their practical skills by cooking a variety of dishes and gain confidence making food products independently using basic kitchen equipment including the cooker (over, grill and hob) safely.

Product Design

Teacher:  Mrs M. Harbott

Students design and make a mixed materials product.  Students gain practical skills in basic hand tools, knowledge of different material properties and use a variety of workshop machinery. 

Year 8

Rotations are 8 weeks long

Product Design

Teacher:  Mrs M. Harbott

Students design and make a Perspex vase.  Students develop their practical skills in working with plastics.  They have the opportunity to use a variety of hand tools, bench drills and a strip heater as well as developing their finishing skills in order to make a working product.

Graphics

Teacher:  Mr P. Henderson or Miss K. Kaur

Students design and make a variety of graphic based outcomes.  Students develop their skills in both freehand sketching and ICT software.  Students have the opportunity to develop their creative flair through rendering and drawing techniques in order to produce a high quality outcome.

Textiles

Teacher:  Mrs J. Hodgson

Students design and make a cushion.  Students develop their practical skills in working with sewing machines to make a working product constructed and decorated using technical processes.

Electronics

Teacher:  Mr S. Bristow or Mr A. Stratford

Students design and make a Jitter Bug.  Students develop their practical skills in working with small electrical circuits and plastics.  They have the opportunity to use a variety of hand tools and a vacuum former as well as developing their soldering skills in order to make a working product. 

Food

Teacher:  Mrs R. Starkey

Students learn and develop food skills, food safety and food hygiene.  Students develop practical skills by cooking a variety of dishes and build their confidence in making food products independently using kitchen equipment safely.

Year 9

Rotations are 20 weeks long

Motor Vehicles

Teacher:  Mr S. Bristow

Students spend the whole year in this subject area, looking at reciprocating engines, just like those most commonly found in most road going cars and motorcycles.  Students will be expected to be able to identify some of the main components of these engines, along with basic principles of their operation.

Food

Teacher:  Mrs R. Starkey

Students continue to develop tasting and comparing products using sensory analysis, suggesting improvements and changes which could be made.  They also compare data of different foods o help reinforce a healthy eating lifestyle.

Product Design

Teacher:  Mrs M. Harbott

Students develop their practical skills in working with metals in both hot and cold forms and wood processes as well as experimenting in a variety of different surface finishes and processes.  They will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media, hand tools and machinery in order to make quality outcomes.

Electronics

Teacher:  Mr S. Bristow or Mr A. Stratford

Students develop their practical skills in working with small electrical circuits and a variety of different materials.  They have the opportunity to use a variety of hand tools and machinery as well as developing their soldering skills in order to make a working product.

Textiles

Teacher:  Mrs J. Hodgson

Students develop their machine skills learning and developing a range of machine techniques such as embroidery, stitching, hem, seam, over locked seam, bias binding, fastenings, lining, pleating, applique and garment construction.  They will learn how to follow a pattern to create a working garment for a child. 

KS4

At Key Stage Four  students can choose from a range of subjects and courses within the Design & Technology Zone to suit their interests and needs.

Course Information

Motor Vehicle

Course Contact:  Mr S. Bristow

Course Name:  ABC Awards Level 1 Automotive Studies

Course Type:  Level 1/2

Exam Board:  ABC

Spec Code:

 

Year 10

Portfolio Evidence:  100% coursework

 

Year 11

Portfolio Evidence:  100% coursework

 

Course Information

Food Technology

Course Contact:  Mrs R. Starkey

Course Name:  Food Preparation and Nutrition

Course Type:  GCSE

Exam Board:  WJEC

Spec Code: C560P1/C560P2

 

Year 10

Controlled Assessment:  60%

Component 2:  Food Preparation and Nutrition in Action

Assessment 1:  8 hours

Assessment 2:  12 hours

 

Year 11

Written Examination:  40%

Component 1:  Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition.

 

Course Information

Textiles

Course Contact:  Mrs J. Hodgson

Course Name:  GCSE Textiles

Course Type:  GCSE

Exam Board:  AQA

Spec Code: 45702/45701

 

Year 10

Controlled Assessment:  60%

Unit Title:  Designing & Making Practice

Within this Controlled Assessment there are 5 units that cover; 1)  Investigating the design context, 2) Developing the design proposals including modeling, 3) Making, 4) Testing & Evaluating, 5) Communication.  This will take the form of one complete portfolio of work detailing a design and make activity that will result in 3D outcomes. 

 

Year 11

Written Examination:  40%

Unit Title:  Materials & Components

This is a one tier exam paper.  It is one exam paper that is split into 2 sections;

Section A:  design question.  The questions in Section A will be on the same theme.  You will be asked to sketch out some design ideas, and then develop one of them into a final design - it's the place in the exam for showing that you can come up with original and creative ideas.  Around 8-9 weeks before the exam you will be given the theme for Section A; with this you should do some research and practice design ideas to help you in the exam. 

Section B:  covers everything you have learned about in your Textiles course - fabrics, components, tools, how to make things, health and safety, quality control, environmental issues etc.  There will be a mixture of short and longer answer questions, as well as some sketching and tables to complete.

Course Information

Creative Crafts: Graphics

Course Contact:  Mrs M. Harbott

Course Name:  NCFE Level 2 Creative Studies, Graphics

Course Type:  Level 2

Exam Board:  NCFE

Spec Code: 600/6907/7

Specification    

Board Website    

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10

Portfolio Evidence:  75%

Examination Unit:  There is a 10 hour external assessment. 25% of which can be taken in Year 10 or Year 11.

Unit 01:  Understand graphic processes, materials and techniques.  Mandatory Unit.  Internally assessed portfolio of evidence.

Unit 02:  Research sources of ideas in a graphic design context.  Mandatory Unit.  Internally assessed portfolio of evidence.

Unit 03:  Develop ideas and graphic solutions.  Mandatory Unit.  Externally assessed assignment.

Unit 04:  Plan, produce and present final graphic design work.

Students will be carrying out practical and written investigations to gain a wide variety of skills and knowledge in materials, machinery, tools and processes.  They will also have to complete a design and make activity resulting in a portfolio of work and a 3D outcome.

 

Year 11

Continuation of Year 10.

All units can be submitted twice, giving students plenty of opportunity to succeed and improve upon each of the 4 units.  Portfolio Evidence - 100% coursework

Course Information

Product Design

Course Contact:  Mrs M. Harbott

Course Name:  GCSE Product Design

Course Type:  GCSE

Exam Board:  AQA

Spec Code: 4555

Specification    

Board Website    

 

 

 

 


Year 10

Controlled Assessment:  60%

Unit Title:  Designing & Making Practice

Within this Controlled Assessment there are 5 units that cover; 1)  Investigating the design context, 2) Developing the design proposals including modeling, 3) Making, 4) Testing & Evaluating, 5) Communication.  This will take the form of one complete portfolio of work detailing a design and make activity that will result in 3D outcomes. 

 

Year 11

Written Examination:  40%

Unit Title:  Materials & Components

This is a one tier exam paper.  It is one exam paper that is split into 2 sections;

Section A:  design question.  The questions in Section A will be on the same theme.  You will be asked to sketch out some design ideas, and then develop one of them into a final design - it's the place in the exam for showing that you can come up with original and creative ideas.  Around 8-9 weeks before the exam you will be given the theme for Section A; with this you should do some research and practice design ideas to help you in the exam. 

Section B:  covers everything you have learned about in your Product Design course - materials, components, tools, how to make things, health and safety, quality control, environmental issues etc.  There will be a mixture of short and longer answer questions, as well as some sketching and tables to complete. 

Past Papers    

KS5

Currently there are no Key Stage Five technology subjects on offer, however, if a student would like to undertake a KS5 Technology course then they can select from the courses below. 

Course Information

Design & Technology; Product Design, 3D Design

Course Contact:  Mrs M. Harbott

Course Name:  Produce Design, 3D Design

Course Type:  A Level

Exam Board:  AQA

Spec Code: 2550

 

The AS and A2 courses are 50% coursework and 50% examination. 

Product Design (3D Design) is designed to encourage students to:

  • Develop a broad view of design & technology
  • Develop their capacity to design and make products
  • Appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing

 

Year 12

AS Level - first year of course - introduction to a variety of experiences, media, processes and techniques.  There are 2 units;

Unit 1:  Portfolio (in which students can choose from a range of design briefs provided by the exam board), a collection of coursework carried out during the AS course worth 80 marks.  Weighting 50% of total AS marks (OR 25% of total A Level marks).

Within the Portfolio of coursework carried out during the AS course students must complete 5 units of work, these are; 1) Investigating and Clarification of Problems, 2) Development of Design Proposals, 3) Making.Modeling, 4) Evaluation and Testing, 5) Communication and Presentation.

Unit 2:  Externally set assignment (examination).  Five exciting starting points set by the Exam Board.  This is worth 80 marks and includes 5 hours supervised exam time.  Weighting 50% of total AS marks (OR 25% of total A Level marks)

 

Year 13

At A2 students complete a single major project of their own choosing which they see through the production of a high quality final product.  The A2 examination uses essay style questioning to allow students to show the depth of their understanding on a range of design issues.

A2 Level - Second year of course; a greater depth of study building on the AS experience.  There are 2 units;

Unit 3: A personal investigation developing a theme, idea or issue of your choice supported by 1000-3000 words.  This coursework is worth 80 marks.  Weighting 25% of total marks

Unit 4: Externally set assignment (examination).  8 exciting starting points set by the Exam Board.  This is worth 80 marks and includes 15 hours supervised exam time.  Weighting 25% of total A Level marks.   

Course Information

Design & Technology; Product Design, Textiles

Course Contact:  Mrs J. Hodgson

Course Name:  Produce Design, Textiles

Course Type:  A Level

Exam Board:  AQA

Spec Code: 2560

 

The AS and A2 courses are 50% coursework and 50% examination. 

 

Year 12

AS Level - first year of course - introduction to a variety of experiences, media, processes and techniques.  There are 2 units;

Unit 1:  Portfolio (in which students can choose from a range of design briefs provided by the exam board), a collection of coursework carried out during the AS course worth 80 marks.  Weighting 50% of total AS marks (OR 25% of total A Level marks).

Within the Portfolio of coursework carried out during the AS course students must complete 5 units of work, these are; 1) Investigating and Clarification of Problems, 2) Development of Design Proposals, 3) Making.Modeling, 4) Evaluation and Testing, 5) Communication and Presentation.

Unit 2:  Externally set assignment (examination).  Five exciting starting points set by the Exam Board.  This is worth 80 marks and includes 5 hours supervised exam time.  Weighting 50% of total AS marks (OR 25% of total A Level marks)

 

Year 13

At A2 students complete a single major project of their own choosing which they see through the production of a high quality final product.  The A2 examination uses essay style questioning to allow students to show the depth of their understanding on a range of design issues.

A2 Level - Second year of course; a greater depth of study building on the AS experience.  There are 2 units;

Unit 3: A personal investigation developing a theme, idea or issue of your choice supported by 1000-3000 words.  This coursework is worth 80 marks.  Weighting 25% of total marks

Unit 4: Externally set assignment (examination).  8 exciting starting points set by the Exam Board.  This is worth 80 marks and includes 15 hours supervised exam time.  Weighting 25% of total A Level marks.   

Course Information

Fashion & Clothing

Course Contact:  

Course Name:  BTEC, Extended Diploma in Fashion & Clothing

Course Type:  Level 3

Exam Board:  Edexcel

Spec Code:

 

Make a start on an exciting career in the fashion industry with this highly creative Extended Diploma in Fashion and Clothing.  You look at all aspects of the fashion industry including designing, pattern cutting, making garments, fashion illustration, styling and CAD design.  Projects and assignments are based on realistic situations and demands of a professional fashion studio environment.

The assignments vary and are likely to cover womenswear, menswear, chidlren's wear, evening wear and lingerie.

The units cover the following areas:

  • Visual recording
  • Materials, techniques and processes
  • Ideas and concepts
  • Visual communication
  • Contextual influences
  • Application, exploration and realisation in art and design
  • Personal and professional developemnt
  • Techniques and technology
  • Pattern construction and development
  • Accessory production
  • Fashion media visualisation
  • Presentation

This is a two year programme designed to develop your skills and understanding of all aspects of fashion and textiles.  The course will encourage you to explore your creativity, as well as developing strong technical skills.  You work on a range of specialist projects that raise awareness of the breadth and diversity of the fashion and textile industry.

The first year covers the full garment design process from research and inspiration to design and catwalk, including pattern-cutting and garment construction.  Other areas included within your course are digital media and fashion illustration, textiles, jewellery, fashion and deign history, drawing and painting and the opportunity of life drawing classes.

The second year is dedicated to your personal development and specialism.  Your are also supported by your tutor to progress either to university or employment.

Mandatory Units:  Visual Recording, Materials, Techniques & Processes, Ideas & Concepts, Communication & Contextual Influences

Professional Units:  Application, Exploration & Realisation, Design Methods, Personal & Professional Development, Computers & Specialist Contextual Investigation

Specialist Units:  Drawing from Observation, Small Scale Design, Fashion Media Techniques & Technology, Pattern Construction, Pattern Development, Production Techniques, Garment Production, Fashion Visualisation, Fashion Presentation Techniques, Exploring Specialist Metal & Jewellery Techniques, Exploring Specialist Textile Techniques, Fabric Manipulation, Surface Pattern, Repeat Pattern & Printed Textiles.