Design & Technology
In Year 11, Textiles and Product Design students follow the AQA GCSE course. The skills, knowledge and understanding learnt in Year 10 are extended further through the introduction of higher level techniques, equipment and decorative techniques and materials. Students continue to focus on the production of their controlled assessment task by working on a portfolio of design ideas, samples, manufacturing specifications, production plans and evaluations, plus SMSC issues. They will also complete their final product using a range of traditional methods and CAD/CAM facilities to ensure products are produced to a high level and with a commercial end user in mind.
Product Design and Textiles students are given a range of design briefs from which they can select their own preferred scenario. This allows students to work to their own strengths and areas of interest, enabling them to make products of outstanding quality and an industrial standard aesthetic.
On completion of the coursework element in March, focused exam preparation takes place, allowing students to build up confidence and exam technique and enhance the grade achieved in their controlled assessment.
In Year 11, Hospitality and Catering students follow the Eduqas GCSE course. They complete a second timed controlled assessment menu, which they research, develop, plan, cost and produce under exam conditions. Their revision is then focused on all the knowledge, skills and understanding they have developed over the two year course, including SMSC issues.
In Year 11, Graphics students follow the AQA GCSE course. They complete their final coursework piece before starting the preparation for their timed exam. Students select their final GCSE exam brief from a range of seven to show off their skills, knowledge and understanding from all their research, media experiments, use of inspirational artists, development of ideas and producing their final piece in exam conditions incorporating SMSC issues.