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Design and Technology - Food and Nutrition/Textile Technology/Product Design GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Crafts, Creative Arts and Design - Arts, Media and Publishing

Course content

The Design and Technology courses are designed to build on the experiences you gained during KS3. In order to offer you the widest choice possible we plan to run a number of courses, each containing the important common elements of designing and making, whilst allowing you to specialise in the material of your choice. You may choose one of the following only:-

AQA Food and Nutrition
A combined practical and theoretical course based on:
Food choices relating to health, diets and lifestyles
4 sections are studied:
Food choice
Nutrition and health
Food preparation, processing and safety
Role of the consumer
50% written examination
50% coursework, consisting of an investigation combining practical and written elements, presented in A4 format e.g. 'People are being encouraged to eat more starchy foods. Investigate ways in which the use of staple foods can help to provide quick interesting and nutritious meals'
A course which is good for progression into nursing, dietetics, nutrition and sports-related careers.

Design & Technology: Textile Technology
This fast paced course offers the opportunity to design and make products using textiles while studying designers, properties, origins, construction methods, embellishment and the constant development of fibres and fabrics to meet consumer demand. CAD/CAM is utilised to understand industrial production methods and enhance coursework. Design outcomes are within soft furnishing or fashion but recently extended to occasional wear, accessories, educational toys, room dividers, cultural clothing and corporate items. Visits to support the course include the Clothes Show Live, English Gallery of Costume and local exhibitions. Pupils are expected to research current fashion, textile and interior trends through retail visits, Internet, publications and the media.

Design & Technology: Product Design
This exciting course focuses on the production of product manufactured from a Resistant Material (manufactured board, wood, metal, plastic and card). It focuses upon the application of materials, design history, and CAD/CAM. The course enables students to study a wide range of topic areas through taught and practical based assignments

Typical projects include practical outcome, which combine traditional manufacturing methods and new technologies such as Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing. Recent Product Design projects have focused upon: radios, clocks, interior and exterior models, displays, storage projects, jewellery, children`s toys, water features, storage and furniture.



Each course has the same scheme of assessment, consisting of two components: a single written paper of 2 hours, accounting for 40% of the final mark and coursework, occupying 40 hours of supervised time, accounting for 60% of the final mark. The design folder of 20 A3 sheets and the products you make will constitute this coursework

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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