Design & Technology
In key stage 3, through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making.
In year 7pupils undergo a short induction program which introduces them to the workshop, tools and processes that they may use throughout their time at Sutton. A large emphasis is made on health and safety issues in the workshop. The induction program builds on their experiences at primary school and allows the pupils to achieve a level of knowledge that enables them to move on to more demanding and challenging tasks. It is in year 7 where pupils are encouraged to question and investigate new materials and concepts, taking ownership over a portion of their own learning and understanding.
In Year 8 pupils complete more demanding projects and also work on some units from the AQA accredited Unit Award Scheme, which has replaced the Entry Level Certificate in Product Design. This further develops the pupil’s exposure to more technical processes such as computer aided design and manufacture. Pupils are also taught how design decisions can impact or be influenced by social and moral factors and environmental issues.
Term 1 : Induction Project – Resistant Materials
Term 2 : Resistant Materials I
Term 3 : Graphics Skills
Term 4 : Textiles I
Term 1 : CAD/CAM
Term 2 : Resistant Materials II
Term 3 : Resistant Materials III
Term 4 : Unit Award Scheme
AQA GCSE Design & Technology Resistant Materials – Full Course.
In Key Stage 4 pupils work towards this multifaceted and flexible outcome award during Years 10 and 11. They choose a project from a number of themes provided by the exam board. The course is weighted at 60% coursework (a design folder and 3D outcome, internally assessed and externally moderated) and 40% written exam (1 hour externally assessed).
This course will be superseded by the AQA Technical Award which will provide an equal level of qualification as GSCE but with a more hands on approach together with a more accessible exam element, which would benefit our students.