KS4 Design Technology

Year 10

Students at key stage 4 can opt to study Graphics or Product Design.

GCSE courses consist of 60% coursework and 40% controlled assessment.

V-cert craft courses are assessed through a series of units throughout the academic year and is the equivalent to a GCSE grade.

GCSE Graphic Products

Coursework: 60% of your final GCSE grade will be work completed in class time. In Year 10, students learn the theory and application of Graphic Design before starting their major project. The major project will consist of a portfolio of work and a graphical product based on a set theme.

Exam: Students will sit an exam towards the end of Year 11 that is worth 40% of the final grade. The exam will be based upon theory learnt in the class over the 2 years.

Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Graphics

Drawing skills

Toothbrush project

Product Design

Passive Speaker

Craft

Joinery and Carpentry

Graphics

Fast Food Project

Jewellery Design

Product Design

Charity Laser Cut Box

Craft

Research and Design

Graphics

Pop up

Control Assessment

Product Design

New Technologies

Craft

External Brief

Year 11

Students will complete their final major project using the design process taught. This will make up 60% of their overall grade and 40% will be theory based written paper.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Graphics

Major Project

Product Design

Major Project

Craft

Research and Design

 

Graphics

Major Project

Product Design

Major Project

Craft

External Brief

 

Graphics

Theory and exam Prep

Product Design

Major Project and exam prep

Craft

Enterprise Project

Homework: Students will be set weekly homework tasks. These tasks will support classroom learning and will be formatively assessed with targets for improvement. Students will be expected to respond to the targets given. Student will need to complete weekly exam questions. We expect student to complete self-directed study and manage their own resource file.

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Please provide 5 specific ways parents can support their child in this subject.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter
1 Encourage your child to join one of the extracurricular activities ran within the department.
2 Encourage your child to enter school and national design competitions.
3 Look at objects to see what materials they are made from and how they might be manufactured.
4 Talk to them about their progress and attainment.
5 Provide basic art materials and equipment (set of art pencils, colouring pencils, fine liner)