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Design Technology at Wrenn Academy

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The aims of the suite of GCSE courses in Design and Technology are to allow students to become independent and creative problem solvers. They will build upon the skills that they have developed in KS3, looking for needs, wants and opportunities for design and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and planning and making products. The separate courses combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics and function, social and environmental issues and will encourage students to become discerning and informed users and designers. The four courses offered for study are: 1. FOOD TECHNOLOGY 2. GRAPHIC PRODUCTS 3. RESISTANT MATERIALS 4. TEXTILES  All courses are structured around the six Assessment Objectives: a) Identification of a need or problem b) Research into a Design Brief leading to a Specification c) Generating possible solutions/ideas d) Developing and Planning a product’s manufacture e) Make a product using appropriate skills and tools f) Testing and Evaluation.


All the courses provide a framework which can be accessed by all students with the potential of gaining the full range of grades from A* - G. Each subject is assessed using the same criteria, and are divided into two main components:  Coursework – 60% This is undertaken over two terms of work and provides students the opportunity to build a very good foundation towards their final grade. Examinations – 40% There are two tiered papers, which examine student’s ability to apply the skills and knowledge & understanding of the subject area. Higher Tier – Grades A*- D Foundation Tier – Grades C – G

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FOOD TECHNOLOGY In Food, students will explore food as a material, and develop their levels of knowledge & understanding of the nutritional value and composition of a range of foodstuffs. They will learn to design with, prepare, cook and serve food, and investigate how food is stored, processed and preserved. Examples of recent projects have included ‘wrapped’ snacks, meals for people who have special dietary needs and ready meals. Career opportunities include Nutritional Analyst, Dietician, Food development and Catering, Industrial Food Technologist. Students who have an interest in designing and cooking their own recipes should consider this course. GRAPHIC PRODUCTS In Graphics students will develop their ability to use drawing equipment and ICT (CAD & CAM) and explore their creativity in a range of media, working with paper, card and plastics in 2D and 3D. Presentation plays a key role in students’ work and typical projects take the form of Packaging, Games, Display stands, Pop-Up books, Promotional Products. Future career opportunities include Architecture, Advertising, Product Design, Interior Design, Model Making and Engineering. Students who have an interest in Art or have a reasonable mathematical ability should consider this as a realistic option. RESISTANT MATERIALS In this area students will develop their ability to work competently with a range of materials (wood, metal & plastics) with the appropriate tools and equipment, from drawing, CAD/CAM, hand tools and machinery. Although students are actively involved in the making of real products, they must also develop their designing skills, to be imaginative and develop designs through modelling and testing. Examples of recent projects include Clocks, Mechanical toys, Storage devices, display stands and traditional games. Future career paths may include Furniture Design, 3 Dimensional Design, Product Design, Industrial Design, Engineering Carpentry, and Plumbing. Students who enjoy working with their hands and their heads should consider this option. TEXTILES In Textiles, students build upon their previous experience of working with natural and man-made fabrics by designing, planning, cutting, joining and finishing materials to make products. They explore their creativity by responding to a range of design briefs and opportunities, and develop their skill levels, Knowledge & understanding in using tools and equipment through focused practical tasks. Typical projects have been realised in the forms of clothing and fashion items, soft furnishings, hats and accessories. Future career opportunities include Fashion, Textiles & Business, Knitwear, Interior Design and Millinery. Students who enjoy designing and constructing textile products should opt for this course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wrenn Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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