Technology

Technology

The subject encourages pupils to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.  Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to design and manufacture products under controlled conditions, allowing them to gain an insight into related sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.

Teaching Staff:

  • Mr V Murphy (HOD)
  • Mr D Mahon
  • Mr P Linden
  • Mr D Malone

 

 

Course Outline:

The focus of Year 8 study will be Design. Pupils will undertake a number of Design based tasks formulated to improve their understanding of the world of Design. Pupils will also undertake three design and make workshop activities.

Assessment:

Each pupil will undertake three assessments - one per term. Class assessments will also be undertaken on a regular basis.

Coursework:

Pupils will produce three major pieces of coursework supplemented by research based tasks throughout terms 1, 2 and 3.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Pupils will be required to undertake one homework a month. This work will take the form of written, research or design work and will generally require 30-40 minutes to complete.

Key Points to Success:

  • Completion of all coursework and tasks to a high standard.
  • A high level of motivation and commitment.
  • A consistent effort in all aspects of the subject.

 

The subject encourages pupils to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to design and manufacture products under controlled conditions, allowing them to gain an insight into related sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.

Course Outline

Controlled Assessment - 60%
Unit A561 - Introduction to designing & making - 30%
Unit A563 - Making quality products - 30%

Examination - 40%
Unit A565 - Sustainability and technical aspects of designing and making

Assessment:

Pupils will complete the controlled assessments during class in Year 11 and 12. The written examination is sat at the end of Year 12.

Controlled Assessment:

Controlled assessment is a major element of this subject and will be undertaken throughout the 2 years of study. Pupils will be required to work independently outside of class contact time to complete their coursework to the highest possible standard. To facilitate this, the department is available for pupils from 3.25 – 4.30 pm two evenings a week.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Pupils will be required to undertake homework every week. This work will take the form of revision, practice questions, research or design work.

Key Points to Success:

Pupils must:
  • Have a mature and hardworking attitude for 2 years.
  • Make use of the department workshop and computer suite after school to complete coursework.
  • Attend extended schools revision classes prior to exams for extra revision.

 

Course Outline:

Coursework - 60%
Written Examinations - 40%
  • Unit 1: The Construction Industry for the 31st Century - 40% - Written Paper
  • Unit 2: Craft Project - 30% - Pupils make a craft project in school
  • Unit 3: Computer Aided Design in Construction - 30% - Students produce a portfolio of work.

Assessment:

Unit 1 is a written paper which is taken at the end of Year 12. Units 2 and 3 consist of coursework which is completed throughout the two years of study.

Coursework:

The department is available for the pupils from 3.25 pm – 4.30 pm two evenings a week to complete coursework both practical and Computer Aided design (Autocad).

Study/Homework Requirements:

1 homework per week including research, practice questions, and investigating professions within the Construction Industry.

Key Points To Success:

Pupils Must:
  • Have a mature and hardworking attitude for 2 years;
  • Make use of the department workshop and computer suite after school to complete coursework;
  • Attend extended schools revision classes prior to exams for extra revision.

 

Product Design

Resistant Materials

Course Outline:

Written Examinations - 40%
Coursework - 60%
  • Portfolio of Creative Design - 30% Practical Project and Design Folder
  • Design and Technology in Practice - 20% Written Examination
  • Designing for the Future - 20% Written Examination
  • Commercial Design - 30% Practical Project and Design Folder

Assessment:

Pupils will complete Units 1 and 2 in Year 13 and Units 3 and 4 in Year 14. The written examinations (Unit 2 and 3) are sat in June. The other 2 Units are coursework based and are submitted in May of each year of study.

Coursework:

Coursework is a major element of this subject and will be undertaken throughout the 2 Years of study. Pupils will be required to work independently outside of class contact time to complete their coursework to the highest possible standard. To facilitate this, the department is available for the pupils from 3.25 – 4.30 pm two evenings a week.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Pupils will be required to undertake an extensive amount of work outside of class each week. This work will take the form of revision, practise questions, research, design work or practical work.

Key Points To Success:

Pupils Must;
  • Have a mature and hardworking attitude for 2 years;
  • A high level of motivation and commitment;
  • Make use of the department workshop and computer suite after school to complete coursework;
  • Attend extended schools revision classes prior to exams for extra revision.