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Design and Technology Resistant Materials GCSE at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Manufacturing Technologies - Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Course content

This subject is about Designing and Making to meet a need. The project work uses a range of materials such as timbers, Metals and Plastics.
In year 10 we study the theory of materials, constructional techniques, CAD/CAM, Health and Safety and the need for quality design. Theory knowledge is taught but most is gained from practical work. Towards the middle of year 10 you will start preparing a Major Project.
This project is worth 60% of your final GCSE mark- so it is important to do well in it.
We allow a free choice of project but will guide you into making a good choice for the exam.
Feedback is given to all pupils on their progress and attainment to help them gain high marks.
The Major Project should finish during the Spring Term of year 11.
In March the exam board issue the theme topic for the exam. Preparation for the exam is important and the final few weeks are spent in researching and preparing good examination technique.


Please give details of any tiered papers, the types of external assessment required and % contribution to final exam mark.
The examination is tiered with Higher (A* to D) and Foundation (Grades C to G) Tiers
Both tiers have a Coursework Project (40 hours work) contributing 60% of the final mark plus a final Written Examination of 2 hours duration - 40% of final mark.

Future opportunities

AS/A2 Design Technology
Possible careers that lead from this qualification:
  • Furniture Design
  • Product Design
  • Architecture
  • Teaching
  • Craft Apprenticeships

Further information

Could include: Fieldwork, Practical work, Specialist facilities, Skills needed etc
Good Practical skills are an advantage
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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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