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Design & Technology Resistant Materials at All Saints Catholic College, Specialist in Humanities

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Design & Technology – Resistant Materials Designing and making, delivered through the materials of Wood, Metal and Plastic. Activities undertaken use a range of materials (control systems such as mechanism and electronics may be used) to produce products and systems solving real life situations.  Topics Taught DesigningThe Design ProcessIdentifying a need Generating ideasDesign Brief Development of ideasResearch & Analysis Evaluation Support theoryErgonomics and Anthropometrics. Product Analysis. Presentation and Communication Skills, including ICT. Aesthetic considerations. Materials properties and uses. Adhesives. MakingManufacture Planning, Techniques, Processes and Issues. Use of tools and machines. CAD/CAM. Quality control & assurance. Health and Safety. Additional practicesControl and mechanical systems. Industrial practices. Economic and business understanding. Material characteristics. Principles of production. Social influences.   DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY As everyday technology increases in complexity, so our need for understanding increases with it. Our Design & Technology courses aim to teach students about this technical understanding, looking at different design methods and the skills needed to produce quality practical solutions to real life problems.  We would suggest that all students opt to take a technology subject, as it is a well rounded subject with real world links, making future career opportunities. Apart from the obvious fact that it is fun, making things as well as learning the theory. During the courses students should develop:· knowledge and understanding· creativity and capability· autonomy, sensitivity and self confidence· responsibility as an individual and as a team member· awareness, understanding and pride in their own learning· understanding how Technological activities affect others· awareness of others’ needsAll the Design & Technology courses relate to DESIGNING and MAKING. They all have the same broad areas of study, looking at Materials and Components, Design and Market influences, and Processes and Manufacture, the different courses covering information unique to each focus area.  All courses require students to use ICT and computer skills within both the design and manufacturing processes.The courses will acknowledge and develop from skills learnt in Key Stage 3, being meaningful and help prepare for the demands of future technological innovations. The courses should support the demands of individual students and potential, stretching the most able and serving the needs of all. Students should be able to draw on and make use of information from other subjects, especially Art, English, ICT, Mathematics and Science.  As well as supporting the development of transferable life skills and problem solving.  Our specific key skills are Application of Number, Communication and Information Technology.


Examination Details Assessment : Coursework 60%. This consists of a final coursework project, that shows all the skills and knowledge acquired over the course. The final project will usually take the form of usable/useful product, supported by a folio of graphical/ written evidence. The project will represent about 40 hours of supervised time. Examination 40%. The written paper is designed to test the students’ understanding of making, applying appropriate systems and designing ability. A preparation sheet is issued on 1 March in the year of the exam, to highlight the design context to be covered in the exam paper.

Future opportunities

What can I do with a Resistant Materials qualification?Further EducationPossible EmploymentAS/A level Product DesignAS/A level Graphic Product DesignGNVQ – ManufacturingEngineering CareersBuilding and Construction CareersProduct Design

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Last updated date: 04 December 2017
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