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KS4 - Design & Technology

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY (NCFE ENGINEERING)
Examination Board: NCFE L2 Course Number: 603/2963/4

What is the course about?
This course is designed to prepare students for their first steps into Engineering. There is a well-documented skills shortage in the UK for young engineers. This course will give
students the ability to move forward into an exciting career in Engineering and Applied Sciences. The course covers electronics, mechanisms and pneumatics disciplines, aiming to prepare candidates to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing engineering technologies.
Candidates will be encouraged to identify needs and opportunities, which can be solved by developing a range of ideas involving the making of engineered projects. Students should be confident in Mathematics due to the technical nature and complexity of the final exam.

What skills and ideas will I learn?
● Learning engineering drawing to British Standards in 3rd angle orthographic drawing
● CAD programmes such as AutoCAD, CAM with CNC to an industrial level
● To design and build electronic circuits
● Mechanical engineering including mechanisms, forces and materials stress analysis
● Pneumatic systems design and application
● Practical skills including milling, turning, casting, welding, PCB design and CNC, CAD/ CAM and many more

How is the course assessed?

●       Y10 Unit 1 & 2, 1.30 hour exam (40%): Engineering theory and technical drawing. (Maths and Science comprise a substantial proportion of this paper, and students considering taking Engineering should be confident in their levels of achievement in these subjects.)
●     Y11 Unit 3 & 4, Combined design and build synoptic project (60%).  Students have to respond to an engineering brief and produce BS8888 standard drawings to support the manufacturing process. 

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?
NCFE Engineering provides a sound base for any Engineering course progression. The course could also lead to the Systems A-Level at Angmering or BTEC Level 3 at other
colleges.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (GCSE GRAPHICS FOCUS)
Examination Board: Edexcel Course Number: 1DTO

What is the course about?
This is an exciting, creative and successful course, which has value in future career choices. Students will investigate contexts relating to the designing and making of products and models in a range of themes including Interior Design, Graphic Design, Architectural and Product & Packaging Design. They will also be introduced to concepts such as designing for a purpose, manufacturing, assembly, product analysis, sustainability and evaluating. They will look at a range of designers & design companies, considering how they have influenced our world, taking inspiration from their ideas.  The course provides activities, which require students to communicate creative ideas and
solve design problems with a practical outcome.

What skills and ideas will I learn?
● Research skills, looking at client needs and how to influence people through the quality of design.
● How to analyse problems and produce appropriate design specifications.
● How to think creatively and produce solutions to design problems.
● You will learn about all the materials, processes, and techniques used in Graphics and general Design & Technology including a grounding in all areas e.g. Resistant
Materials, Textiles and Computer Aided Design skills, using a variety of media.
● Planning the production of 2D & 3D prototypes and models to demonstrate the design in a variety of ways, using a range of skills & materials and evaluating the final outcome.

How is the course assessed?
A two-unit course:
Component 1: 50% exam, a general Design & Technology paper for part A & a Graphics focus for part B
Component 2: 50% Design & Make project. A choice of themes will be given out in the June of Year 10 to produce a design portfolio & 3D model.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?
This provides a solid base for any future creative design career, for example in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Product Design, Theatre/Stage Set Design or
Packaging Design. It could also lead to an advertising/marketing or technological based course and any career in these fields. It will be an ideal stepping-stone to an A-Level in Design & Technology Graphics, which is a very successful course, thoroughly equipping students for degrees in Architecture, Interior Design and other design-based courses.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (HOSPITALITY AND CATERING)
Examination Board: WJEC Course Number: 601/7703/2

What does this course offer?

WJEC Level 2 Vocational Awards enable learners to gain knowledge, understanding and skills relating to a specific vocational sector. In addition to development sector specific
knowledge and understanding, these qualifications also support learners to develop the essential employability skills that are valued by employers, further and higher education.

What skills and ideas will I learn?
The WJEC Level 2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units:
Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry.
Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action.
Learners must complete both units. This structure has been designed to develop in learners the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication. Through the two units, learners will gain an overview of the hospitality and catering industry and the type of job roles that may be available to assist them in making choices about progression.

Qualification Objectives:
The WJEC Level 2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. It is most suitable as a foundation for further study. This further study would provide learners with the opportunity to develop a range of specialist and general skills that would support their progression to employment. Employment in hospitality and catering can range from waiting staff, receptionists and catering assistants to chefs, hotel and bar managers and food technologists in food manufacturing. All of these roles require further education and training either through apprenticeships or further or higher education. This structure has been designed to develop in learners the knowledge and understanding
related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication.

How is the course assessed?
The WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment.
Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry - external assessment (an exam)
Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action – internal assessment (coursework)

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?
Through the two units, learners will gain an overview of the hospitality and catering industry and the type of job roles that may be available to assist them in making choices about progression. Successful completion of this qualification could support entry to qualifications that develop specific skills for work in hospitality and catering such as:
 Level 2 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service Skills
 WJEC Level 3 Food, Science and Nutrition (certificate and diploma)
 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery
 Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (Product Design)
Exam Board: Edexcel Course Number: 1DT0/1B

What is the course about? 
This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in Product Design. It will enable pupils to work with a variety of different materials such as wood, metal and plastics. Pupils will be required to design, prototype, model and make products with a consumer in mind, making form and function work together. 

What skills and ideas will I learn?
Learners will be required to demonstrate skills in the following:
 develop ideas through investigations informed by selecting and critically analysing sources 
 apply an understanding of relevant Product Design practices in the creative and cultural industries to their work 
 refine their ideas as work progresses through researching, selecting, analysing, constructing and presenting artefact(s)/product(s)/personal outcome(s) 
 record their ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements, in ways that are appropriate to Product Design, such as cutting and constructing material in three-
dimensions 
 use appropriate specialist vocabulary through either visual communication or written annotation, or both, within Product Design 
 use visual language critically as appropriate to their own creative intentions and chosen area(s) of Product Design through effective and safe use of media, materials,
techniques, processes, technologies 
 use drawing skills for different needs and purposes, appropriate to the area(s) of study used. Drawing may take the form of maquette, scale model(s) and computer-
aided design using appropriate media and materials 
 realise personal intentions in Product Design, through the sustained application of the three-dimensional design process. Learners are required to know and understand how sources inspire the development of their ideas. Reference should be made to the following: 
 the work and approaches of product designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures 
 contemporary and/or historical environments, situations or issues 
 other relevant sources researched by the learner in their chosen area(s) of product design 
 the ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language, using formal elements, including colour, line, form, tone,
texture 
 the characteristics, properties and effects of using different media, materials, techniques and processes, and the ways in which they can be used in relation to
learners’ own creative intentions and chosen area(s) of product design. 
 the different purposes, intentions and functions of product design in a variety of contexts and as appropriate to learners’ own work. 

How is the course assessed?
Component 1: Portfolio 60%
A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a centre- or learner-set starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus. (internally assessed and externally moderated)   
Component 2: Externally set task 40%
Learners will be provided with five themes issued by the exam board, each with a range of written and visual starting points and stimuli.  A response should be based on one of these options. Students research, plan and develop ideas for their response to the option they have chosen, which they must then produce within the ten-hour supervised time period. (Internally assessed and externally moderated)

DIGITAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
BTEC LEVEL 1/LEVEL 2 TECH AWARD (120 GLH):2

Exam Board: Pearson Course Number: BTKY2

What is the course about? 
Sussex and the South East is a centre for digital development in the UK, and computing skills are essential for success in many aspects of employment and higher education.
The Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) qualification is a Level 2 course for creative
learners with a passion for digital content.

What skills and ideas will I learn?  
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the: 
 development of key skills that prove your aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data. 
 process that underpins effective ways of working in digital information technology, such as project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams,
legal and ethical codes of conduct.
 attitudes that are considered most important in digital information technology, including personal management and communication. 
 knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how organisations collect and
use data to make decisions, virtual workplaces, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.  This Award complements the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE in Computer Science by broadening experience and skills participation in different type of performance activities with the opportunity to practically apply your knowledge and skills, through project work such as developing ideas and performing for specific audiences.  

How is the course assessed? 
The three components in the qualification give learners the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the digital sector and specialist skills and techniques in project planning, designing user interfaces and manipulating and interpreting data at Levels 1 and 2. 
Internal assessment 
Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment for these components has been designed to relate to achievement of application of the
conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice. The components focus on: 
 the development of core knowledge and understanding of different types of user interfaces, how user interface design principles are used to meet the needs of
different users, and how organisations collect, manipulate and interpret data to draw conclusions and make decisions.
 the development and application of skills such as project planning, iterative design of a user interface, using data manipulation tools to create a dashboard, interpreting
and drawing conclusions from data.
 reflective practice through the development of skills and techniques that allow learners to respond to feedback on their design for a user interface and to identify
areas for improvement. Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.
External synoptic assessment 
There is one external assessment, Component 3, which provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and
enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation. 
Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices requires learners to apply performances skills and techniques in response to a brief and stimulus developing group performance workshop for a selected audience. 
The external assessment is based on a key task(s) that requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively an appropriate selection of skills, techniques,
concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole qualification in an integrated way. 
The external assessment takes the form of a set task/external assessment taken under supervised conditions, which is then marked and a grade awarded by Pearson. Learners are permitted to resit the external assessment once during their programme by taking a new assessment. The external assessment comprises 40 per cent of the total GLH of the qualification and is weighted accordingly in the calculation of the overall qualification grade.     

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future? 
Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector. The choices that
learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key
Stage 4 learning might consider progression to: 
 A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects
 study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in IT, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher
education by studying a degree in the digital sector.  Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to: 
 study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, to apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3. For
these learners, the attitudes and the reflective and communication skills covered in this qualification will help them achieve 
 study of IT Support or Digital Technology through the study of a Technical Certificate. Learners who perform strongly in this qualification compared to their overall
performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead ultimately to employment in the digital sector.

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