Key Stage 4

Controlled Assessment Policy

This course has a clear and simple structure to help students revise for and relate the work done for Controlled Assessment to the exam. There is a practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. During year 10 students will develop the skills and knowledge required for their coursework in year 11 through focused practical and design tasks. In year 11 students complete a single design and make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder.

Resistant Materials

 This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used in addition. The use of new technologies is encouraged in this specification.

The new specification is designed to foster awareness amongst candidates, of the need to consider sustainability and environmental impact of their designing. The specification retains much of the content of the very successful previous GCSE specification. It continues to provide the candidates with the opportunity to design and make a product using a range of materials.

Changes have been made to the controlled assessment criteria; they now reflect the style of the GCE D&T courses where mark ranges are defined for each component of the controlled assessment. The changes continue to allow full credit to be given to candidates who undertake innovative work, including projects with a very high CAD/CAM content.

Year

Resistant materials projects

AQA

4560

AQA GCSE resistant materials specification

Scheme of work

10

Graphic Skills
Students will focus on and develop their skills of Perspective Drawing, Isometric Drawing, One and Two Point Perspective, 3rd Angle Projection, Sketching and shading. These skills are required throughout the two year course.

10

Wood Focus: Wooden Toy Project
The wood project will focus upon material identification, perspective drawing, modern and traditional techniques/ processes, industrial processes, Computer Aided Design (Creo), Product Design, Quality Control and Quality Assurance. Pupils will manufacture a wooden toy containing a variety of mechanisms, different types of wood and use of wood joints. A range of wood joining techniques will be researched and considered for this project.

10

Plastics Focus: Timer project
The plastics project will focus upon material identification, new emerging technologies, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM), use of a laser cutter (2D Techsoft Design), Product Design, Specifications and Electronics. Pupils will manufacture a small timing device that will contain a vacuum formed base, acrylic front and electronic circuit board.

10

Metal Focus: Mini Plane Project
The metal work project will focus upon material identification, industrial processes and practices, engineering drawings (focus on dimensioning and general assemblies), metal forming and heat processes. Metal joining techniques will be investigated. Pupils will manufacture a mini plane artefact using a range of tools and machinery.

10

Design Task: Clock Project
Students are required to design and make a clock that will incorporate aspects of design eras from the past 100 years. It must also use a range of different materials and joining techniques.

11

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Coursework Booklet

Graphics

This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn through images to use, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using a graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

The new specification is designed to foster awareness amongst candidates, of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing. The specification retains much of the content of the very successful previous GCSE specification. It continues to provide the candidates with the opportunity to design and make product(s) using a range of graphic materials.

Changes have been made to the controlled assessment criteria, where mark ranges are defined for each criteria of the controlled assessment. The changes allow full credit to be given to candidates who undertake innovative work and use high technology equipment, and yet also enable schools that have limited ICT to achieve.

Year

Graphics projects

AQA

4550

AQA GCSE graphics specification

Scheme of work

10

Graphic Skills
Students will focus on and develop their skills of Perspective Drawing, Isometric Drawing, One and Two Point Perspective, 3rd Angle Projection, Sketching and shading. These skills are required throughout the two year course.

10

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10

PRINT IT Project
The project asks students to research and design two point of sale products to promote Fair-trade merchandise. Students will identify the most cost effective and sustainable materials to use for those products. They must investigate manufacturing processes and the different considerations and constraints of each product. Research and a report on the life cycle of the products from source of material to disposal of product must be included within their work.

Print IT Scheme of work

11

An internally assessed and externally moderated single design-and-make activity selected from a range of task set by us, consisting of a 3-dimensional outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. It is expected that students should spend about 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Coursework Booklet

Textiles

 The specification has been developed to enable candidates to demonstrate their creativity, with making of textile products a vital feature of the candidate’s experience of taking this specification. The specification is clear, realistic and straightforward and designed for actual classroom practice, both in terms of assessment and the activities that candidates will undertake. This specification builds on the previous specification, moving smoothly forward allowing teachers to develop their candidate work in line with creativity – new ideas and new materials. Design and making are encouraged so as to prepare candidates for taking higher level courses or for entering the world of work.

Year

Textiles projects

AQA

4570

AQA GCSE textiles specification

scheme of work

10

INFO TO FOLLOW

10

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10

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10

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11

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Food

The specification has been developed to enable candidates to demonstrate their creativity, with making of food products a vital feature of the candidate’s experience of taking this specification. The specification is clear, realistic and straightforward and designed for actual classroom practice, both in terms of assessment and the activities that candidates will undertake.

This specification builds on the previous specification, moving smoothly forward allowing teachers to develop their candidate work in line with creativity – new ideas and new materials. Design and making are encouraged so as to prepare candidates for taking higher level courses or for entering the world of work.

Year

Food projects

AQA

4545

AQA GCSE food specification

Scheme of work

10

INFO TO FOLLOW

10

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10

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10

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11

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

BTEC Engineering

BTEC Firsts are QCF Level 2 qualifications designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. They provide much of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards for the sector, where these are appropriate. On successful completion of a BTEC First qualification, learners can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area. The QCF is a framework which awards credit for qualifications and units and aims to present qualifications in a way that is easy to understand and measure. It enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes.

Year

BTEC unit

BTEC projects

Edexcel

Level 2

EDExcel BTEC engineering specification

scheme of work

10

1

Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering
This unit aims to give learners an understanding of statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
to enable them to work safely, efficiently and effectively in engineering.

10

14

Selecting and Using Secondary Machining Techniques to Remove Material
This unit gives learners the opportunity to explore, select and use appropriate secondary machining techniques to remove material.

11

2

Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
This unit aims to give learners the knowledge and skills needed to use engineering information such as drawings and working instructions to carry out manufacturing or engineering process operations.

11

10

Using Computer Aided Drawing Techniques in Engineering
This unit gives learners the opportunity to use computer aided drawing (CAD) techniques in an engineering context.

Results

GCSE Resistant Materials 74.5%
GCSE Graphic Products 85.7%
GCSE Textiles 70%
GCSE Food Technology 77.1%