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Design and Technology – Food Technology at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi

Course description

This course offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for students to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts. It is intended to be of interest to those of you who aim to follow a higher education course or career in Food Technology or an associated area such as Food Science, Nutrition, Product Development and Catering.

Students who choose Design and Technology: Food should be imaginative, resourceful, show initiative and a willingness to work independently. In most cases you will have already gained a good grade in GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology. Students who have not studied the subject at GCSE will be considered for suitability on an individual basis.

Course content

A wide variety of teaching methods will be employed including lectures, class discussion, practical demonstrations , observations and some industrial visits to local food producers. visits. There is a strong emphasis on self-study in some areas of the course. For more information, see below:

Course Structure:

Advanced Subsidiary (AS), Year 12

DT1: This paper will contain two sections which will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the subject content for:

3.1.1 Designing and innovation – Developing your ability to design and enhance your basic design skills in order to solve problems.

3.1.2 Product analysis – This section is about understanding the requirements a product must satisfy, critical assessment of existing products and visualising new products in a context of past, present and future possibilities.

3.2.1 Materials and components – Developing a general appreciation of the wide range of materials and components available to designers and manufacturers.

3.2.2 Industrial and commercial practice – Understanding various methods of production and being able to apply appropriate commercial practices in practical projects.

DT2: Candidates will submit one design and make task which satisfy the AS assessment criteria.

Advanced Level – Year 13

DT3: This paper will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the subject content for:

3.1.3 Human responsibility – Acquiring the knowledge and understanding needed to support design activities through an increased awareness of the designer’s social, moral, ethical and legal responsibilities. Exploring factors which might affect the final nature of a food product.

3.1.4 Public interaction- This section is about product design and its place in the market, for example how a design idea may be transformed into a marketable product. It seeks to examine the factors influencing product design such as Product life cycle, Price, Place and Promotion.

3.2.3 Processes – Developing a detailed knowledge and understanding of a broad range of processes. Practical activities.

3.2.4 Production systems and control – Applying knowledge of production systems and control techniques to provide valid, reliable data and information in order to manufacture quality products.

DT4: Candidates will undertake a single substantial project. Each year the WJEC will set eight themes for the project, though candidates may also submit their own proposals for approval.


DT1: Examination Paper (20%) 2 hours

DT2: Design and Make Task (30%) approximately 60 hours

DT3: Examination Paper (20% Advanced) 2½ hours

DT4: Project (30%) approximately 60 hours.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi directly.

Last updated date: 31 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September