Design and Technology

Course ID
A Level (Design & Technology) and GCSE (Design & Technology)

Introduction to Design and Technology

Design & Technology at Wolverhampton Grammar School is a very practical and hands on discipline. It is multi-disciplinary in its approach with links with other academic departments including History, Art, Maths and Physics.

Simon O’Malley is Head of Department supported by Stephen Jackson-Turnbull and Gordon Smith.

The department is housed in a purpose built block within Wolverhampton Grammar School with a Design Studio, CAD/CAM Modelling Suite and Workshop. The department also makes use of the latest technology to ensure students are able to explore their design ideas to the full.

Students develop a theoretical and working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics, composites and other materials. As students progress through GCSE and A Level they develop key skills and knowledge around product design and manufacture as well as sustainability and systems control.

This practical subject also includes opportunities to visit exhibitions, manufacturers and leading universities including the Big Bang Fair and EES Residential at the University of Birmingham. Students are also encouraged to become engaged in design and technology through extra-curricular activities and clubs including Entech and STEM.

A number of students with support from the department have been awarded prestigious Arkwright Scholarships. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is a national award where Year 11 students are invited to undertake a rigorous selection process. The award supports students through their A Levels to encourage them to pursue Engineering or technical Design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

Introduction to the Course

This specification will encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be acquired, but other materials may be used in addition. The use of new technologies is encouraged in this specification. The course is designed to foster awareness amongst candidates of the need to consider sustainability and environmental impact of their designing. The course follows a linear structure.

What the student will learn

Students will acquire the underpinning skills that are essential to their success in both the written paper and the controlled assessment. Theory is delivered through focused tasks, and documented on Firefly.

  • Practical skills.
  • Theoretical knowledge.
  • Drawing skills.
  • Designing skills.
  • Modelling skills.
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) skills.

A controlled assessment will also be completed which is worth 60% of the final marks. Students will be given careful direction into choosing a project that will fully display their talents. The majority of time will be spent designing and making the controlled assessment under informal supervision.

How the student will be assessed

 

Assessment

Paper 1 

Time

2 hours 

About

  • Written paper
  • 40% of total mark

Section A

  • A design question based on context supplied before the exam
  • 30 marks

Section B

  • Covers all aspects of the specification content
  • 90 marks

Controlled Assessment

 
  • 60% of total marks
  • 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

The design folder should consist of 22 pages of A3 paper.

This practical subject also includes opportunities to visit exhibitions, manufacturers and leading universities including the Big Bang Fair and EES Residential at the University of Birmingham as well as entering national and local design competitions such as the Triumph Design Awards.  Students are encouraged to become engaged in design and technology through extra-curricular activities and clubs including Entech, STEM and  Greenpower.

A number of students, with support from the department, have been awarded prestigious Arkwright Scholarships. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship  is a national award where Year 11 students are invited to undertake a rigorous selection process. The award supports students through their A Levels  to encourage them to pursue Engineering or technical Design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field. Students have also been highly commended in competitions.

Assessment

Paper 1

  • Technical principles, Designing and Making principles and Specialist knowledge. 2 hour written paper. 100 marks, 25% of A Level

Paper 2

  • Product Analysis and Commercial Manufacture. 2 hour written paper.
    100 marks, 25% of A Level

Non Examined Assessment (Coursework) exploration, designing, making, analysis and evaluation. Approximately 40 hours. 100 marks, 50% of A Level.

What next?

Successful Arkwright Scholars are linked with Engineering companies who provide mentoring throughout the course. Engineering Education students attain certificates from EES, Gold Industrial Cadets Award and a Gold Crest Award.

Students in previous years have gone on to study Automotive Design, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, and Civil Engineering amongst others and frequently come back to school to share their experiences with current students.

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