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GCSE Design & Technology (Resistant Materials) at Acland Burghley School

Course description

This course has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used in addition. The use of new technologies is also encouraged, with full credit given to candidates who undertake innovative work including projects with a very high CAD/CAM content (Computer Aided Design and Manufacture). The course is also designed to foster awareness of the need to consider sustainability and environmental impact of designing and manufacture with materials. In the future you can progress on to A level Design and Technology, Design degree; product design, Jewellery design, Furniture design, Design engineer, Civil engineer, Mechanical Engineer, the construction industry, a variety of craftsmanship based trades using materials such as carpentry and metalwork. Course contents The first two terms of the course will be to develop their design and making skills through a series of short projects and focused practical tasks. These skills include: • Developing design ideas through sketching, drawing and rendering. • Using computers as a designing and making tool. • Product modelling, using a variety of materials, such as woods, metal and plastic, using hand skills and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD) • Product testing and evaluation Students will study the key concepts of product design relating to the materials used in their manufacture; materials technology, smart materials, sustainability, and industrial processes. Students will begin their major project in the Summer. Over the duration of the project, students will produce a finished working ‘Product’ , and an A3 folder of coursework. How will I be assessed? Unit 1 Written exam, 2 hrs - 40% mark. A written exam paper that consists of both written and design questions. Unit 2 Design and Making Practice - 60% mark. Consists of a single design Head of Department: Mr Carroll Why take Design and Technology? • If you have enjoyed the work you did in D&T in years 7,8 and 9. • If you enjoy making things. • If you like designing products. • If you have an interest in the work of professional designers• If you want to find out how things work or how they are made. • If you think you want continue progress

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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