Year 7




The Year 7 curriculum in Design and Technology enables learners to develop their foundation skills and knowledge of the various strands of the subject. There are six different elements to the curriculum, in which learners are assessed through their theory and practical work. Over the course of Year 7, learners will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress to more advanced projects in Year 8 and onwards.

Textiles techniques and skills project – This unit explores textiles decorative techniques. Learners will complete a short transition project learning key sewing and decoration skills in textiles.

Textiles cases – Over the course of this project, learners will design, plan and make a product that enables them to use a range of sewing and decoration skills to achieve a high quality product.

Sweet dispenser – This is a traditional look at making, with the learners manufacturing a product through the use of hand tools and measuring instruments.

Keyfob – Learners gain important skills in the world of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, with a look at electronics and systems and control.

Graphics techniques – A graphics based topic with a focus on design and drawing techniques.

Automata – A systems and control project with a particular focus on levers, linkages and cams.

Year 8


During Year 8 learners build on and develop new skills in different areas of design and technology, with particular focus on industrial practices. There are five elements to the curriculum, in which learners are assessed through their theory and practical work.

Jewellery Design Project – Learners are introduced to industrial practices, through the use of computer aided design, CNC manufacturing and casting system.

ICT in Design and Technology – Learners are introduced to industrial standard computer aided design. Using Autodesk software, 3D products are designed with visual effects and technical drawings are produced to relevant British Standards.

Packaging Project – This graphics project extends learners knowledge gained in year7. The main elements of the course are graphical techniques, 3D design and manufacturing nets for packaging. Industrial practices a re introduced through the use of vacuum forming.

Night Light – Learners are introduced to the concept of circuit diagrams and a variety of electrical components, with a particular focus on producing a working night light circuit. In order to complete the project, learners must be competent in industrial practices, such as soldering, line bending and programming a laser cutter.

Food Preparation and Nutrition - This area of the curriculum promotes healthy eating and nutrition in their everyday life, including food preparation and basic hygiene, which enables a nutritious and healthy snack to be manufactured.

Year 9


Over the course of Year 9 design and technology, learners focus on subject specific areas in preparation for their option choices towards the end of the academic year. Learners work on a carousel system, rotating on a ten week programme, developing their knowledge and understanding of theory and practical design.

Food Technology – The study of cultural foods around the world, with a combination of practical and food based theory. Learners have the opportunity to develop their practical, independence and planning skills to create a range of dishes.

Textiles – Learners have the opportunity to create samples that develop their knowledge and skill set on sewing and embroidery machines.

Product Design – Year 9 students are introduced to the world of CAD and CAM. They have the opportunity to utilise the department’s extensive computer aided manufacturing equipment to design and make a working ‘real world’ product.

Frame It – This project involves manufacturing from technical drawings, with a focus on working and developing drawings to specific British Standards. The practical aspect of the course involves making a product incorporating a range of materials.

Year 10


Textiles

Textiles WJEC GCSE in Design and Technology curriculum is split into two sections. The first part is a written Paper 2-hour examination (Unit 1) which equates to 40% of the learners overall grade and a controlled assessment (Unit 2) which is 60%. Both elements of the course are completed in the second year of course. Year 10 consists of skills and knowledge based learning, in preparation for Year 11.

Year 10 textiles is based upon learners gaining key skills and knowledge that will enable them to construct a high quality product in year 11. Students will make a range of textiles products that will challenge and encourage creativity whilst giving them a wealth of knowledge in both the practical and the theoretical aspect of the textiles specification.

Product Design

Product Design WJEC GCSE in Design and Technology curriculum is split into two sections. The first part is a written Paper 2-hour examination (Unit 1) which equates to 40% of the learners overall grade and a controlled assessment (Unit 2) which is 60%. Both elements of the course are completed in the second year of course. Year 10 consists of skills and knowledge based learning, in preparation for Year 11.

In year 10 learners start to build their skill set ready for year 11. This consists of a series of mini projects that focus on modelling, designing and working with a range of different materials. During the Christmas period year 10 also take part in enterprise where they work in teams to produce a range of high quality Christmas goods to be sold at the Christmas market for charity.

Engineering

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering has been designed primarily for young people aged 14–19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study.

The curriculum has been developed to:

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sectors.
  • give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the selection of optional specialist units.
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life.
  • support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

Over the two year engineering course, learners must complete four units;

Unit 3 Health and Safety in Engineering – This unit is a practically based with a real focus on the law surrounding safety in the workplace. Learners have the opportunity to use a variety of manufacturing techniques, manufacturing products within 0.25+/-mm tolerance.

Unit 6 Computer Aided Engineering – Over the course of this unit, learners have the opportunity to use industrial standard CAD software, producing technical drawings and circuit diagrams to British Standards. The second part of the unit has a focus on CNC and programming. This allows the learners to use 3D printer, laser cutters, CNC routers and CNC lathes.

Food Preparation and Nutrition EQUADAS GCSE

Food preparation and nutrition is divided into two areas: Unit 1: 50% examination and Unit 2: 50% controlled assessment.

In year 10 learners will develop their knowledge of scientific principles in relation to food and practical skills. They will have the opportunity to create a range of dishes and learn new skills to perfect their catering and presentation skills. Learners will complete a scientific assignment and a portfolio based on a three course meal of their choice.

Year 11


Textiles

Textiles WJEC GCSE in Design and Technology curriculum is split into two sections. The first part is a written Paper 2-hour examination (Unit 1) which equates to 40% of the learners overall grade and a controlled assessment (Unit 2) which is 60%. Both elements of the course are completed in the second year of course. Year 10 consists of skills and knowledge based learning, in preparation for Year 11.

In year 11 students can choose their own project briefs as set by the exam board. Learners will produce a portfolio of work that is based upon the product they have chosen to make. They will explore materials, construction techniques and pattern making to construct a high quality product. This is an opportunity for students to showcase the skills they have learnt and perfected over the two year period.

Product Design

Product Design WJEC GCSE in Design and Technology curriculum is split into two sections. The first part is a written Paper 2-hour examination (Unit 1) which equates to 40% of the learners overall grade and a controlled assessment (Unit 2) which is 60%. Both elements of the course are completed in the second year of course. Year 10 consists of skills and knowledge based learning, in preparation for Year 11.

In year 11 design briefs are set by the exam board. Learners select a coursework task and work through the year to research, design and make a product that meets their brief. This allows them to challenge themselves and undertake a more individually focus task. Previous controlled assessments have included sustainable lighting made from cardboard, a prototype of a perfume bottle with a point of sale display and hand held portable communication device.

Engineering

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering has been designed primarily for young people aged 14–19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study.

The curriculum has been developed to:

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sectors.
  • give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the selection of optional specialist units.
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life.
  • support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

Over the two year engineering course, learners must complete four units;

Unit 1 The Engineered World - This aspect of the curriculum is an examination, based on a variety of engineering sectors. Over the course of this unit there are many links with STEM subjects, especially physics.

Unit 2 Investigating an Engineering Product – Learners have the opportunity to investigate the workings of a manufactured product, evaluating and testing material properties and making recommendations for improvements.

Food Preparation and Nutrition EQUADAS GCSE

Food preparation and nutrition is divided into two areas: Unit 1: 50% examination and Unit 2: 50% controlled assessment.

In year 11 they will choose a brief that is set by the exam board. Students then create a portfolio on the brief of their choosing. Alongside this portfolio students will complete a scientific assignment based on the scientific changes of food during cooking and preparation.

It is our vision to enrich the learning experience of the entire school community

Extra
Information


If you have any enquiries please contact Mr D Millett

mtsdmillett@middtech.com