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Technology

 

All members of the Design & Technology Faculty at The Plume Community Academy are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students. We want students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competences as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

 

The Faculty firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care.

 

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development of Students

In the Technology Faculty, we develop students Socially by:

Developing personal qualities and using social skills

Participating, co-operating and resolving conflicts

Understanding how communities and societies function

 

We develop students Morally by:

Developing and expressing personal views or values.

Recognising right and wrong and applying it.

Understanding the consequences of actions.

 

We develop students Spiritually by:

Experiencing fascination, awe and wonder

Exploring the values and beliefs of others

Using imagination and creativity in learning

 

We develop students Culturally by:

Understanding and appreciating cultural influences

 

How do we adapt our curriculum for students with SEND?

There are a large selection of differentiated resources.

Exemplar work and samples, word banks and templates.

We have marking schemes that are open and accessible to all students.

Teaching Assistants are guided by staff to help where necessary.

Level 2 BTEC First Award in Engineering

 

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE ENABLE ME TO DO?

The qualification will prepare candidates for employment, including work-based training, progression to level 3 qualifications and provide an insight into engineering for candidates pursuing other career pathways. The qualification will introduce the skills, knowledge and understanding needed in engineering.

 

WHAT WILL THE COURSE CONTAIN?

Engineering covers a wide range of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, electronic, aeronautical, marine and automotive sectors. The BTEC First Award in Engineering will enable students to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the engineering industry, its organisation, products and processes through investigation, research and practical application.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering is 75% coursework and 25% externally tested.

There are a number of units, including:

Unit 1: The Engineered World (externally assessed)

Unit 2: Investigating an engineering product

Unit 7: Machining techniques

 

QUALITIES I WILL NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THIS COURSE?

* You will need to be able to build on previous experience and knowledge gained at KS3

* You will also need to work with enthusiasm

* Have a willingness to meet homework and coursework deadlines

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

 

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE ENABLE ME TO DO?

This new qualification in food preparation and nutrition enables you to explore how foods work and interact together; making connections between theory and practice so you are able to apply your understanding of food science and nutrition to practical cooking.

This course will build on subject content taught in year 7, 8 and 9. You will be equipped with the practical skills needed to understand how foods work together enabling you to be a confident cook as well as adapting and creating your own recipes, which in itself, is a useful life skill. The course will also provide a suitable foundation for further studies at either Level 3, AS or A Level Food related courses.

There are a wide range of careers available in the food industry from working in restaurants as a chef or waitress, becoming a nutritionist or dietician and advising people on healthy diet and lifestyles to becoming a new product developer for a major retailer and seeing products through from ideas to being on the supermarket shelf.

 

WHAT WILL THE COURSE CONTAIN?

The course is made up of both theory and practical work which will teach a wide range of cookery and food preparation and presentation skills, including knife skills, sauce making, baking and using raising agents, meat and fish preparation and cookery as well as preparing and cooking a wide range of fruits and vegetables.

 

The course has 6 main areas of study:

1) Food commodities

2) Principles of nutrition

3) Diet and Good Health

4) The Science of Food

5) Where food comes from

6) Cooking and food preparation

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

* 50% Written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes worth 100 marks.

* 50% Non- Examination Assessment worth 100 marks. Composed of two assessments, one Food Investigation and one Food Preparation assessment. The tasks are chosen from a bank set by the examination board

* Assessment 1 is to be completed in approximately 8 hours and is worth 15% of the total qualification

* Assessment 2 is to be completed in approximately 12 hours (including a 3 hour practical session) and is worth 35% of the total qualification

 

WHAT QUALITIES WILL I NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THIS COURSE?

* An interest in food, nutrition and cooking

* A willingness to ask questions and work hard

* Hardworking, creative and enthusiastic

GCSE Design and Technology - Graphics

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE ENABLE ME TO DO?

You will gain an understanding of how graphic products are designed and made at school and in industry. You will develop your designing and modelling skills and combine with knowledge and understanding of techniques and processes across the whole technology subject. Graphics can lead to careers in illustration, advertising, architecture, fashion design, animation, industrial design, interior design and product design.

WHAT WILL THE COURSE CONTAIN?

Through a series of mini projects during Year 10 you will learn sketching and presentation skills. Alongside this you will also learn and produce a range of different technical drawings such as exploded drawings, point perspective drawing and 3rd angle orthographic. You will also learn about various designers and their products. You will gain experience and knowledge in using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Manufacture). All of this knowledge will help you for your exam and coursework.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The GCSE qualification is made up of an exam which is worth 50% and the coursework which is worth 50%. It is a 2 hour exam taken at the end of Year 11 and tests your knowledge and understanding of what you have learnt throughout the course.

The exam is split into 3 sections. Section A is core knowledge of all areas of design technology including a range of materials and processes relevant to all disciplines within the subject. These are made up of: New and emerging technologies, Energy storage and generation, Modern and Smart Materials, Systems approach to designing, Mechanical Devices, Materials and their working properties.

Sections B and C are where you can choose the questions specialised to your chosen area these are a range of short answered questions including some design development.

Coursework is completed during the end of Year 10 and into Year 11. A brief for the coursework is given from AQA in the June of Year 10. Coursework is made up of 4 sections including completing research relevant to the given brief. A range of design ideas are to be created against a specification. These designs then need to be developed into your final idea. This then leads on to you making, testing and evaluation of your final piece.

 

QUALITIES I WILL NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THIS COURSE?

* You should enjoy drawing, designing and be creative

* All work should be presented neatly

* You should be confident using a computer in order to develop your designing skills on various CAD programs such as 2D Design

* You need to be well organised as there is a lot of design and theory work to be completed to prepare yourself for the exam

* You have to work independently in order to complete your coursework

GCSE Resistant Materials

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE ENABLE ME TO DO?

You will gain an understanding of how products are designed and made at school and in industry. You will develop your designing and making skills and combine these with knowledge and understanding of techniques and processes across the whole technology subject. Resistant Materials can lead to careers in design, architecture, fabrication, engineering, production and product design.

WHAT WILL THE COURSE CONTAIN?

Through a series of mini projects during Year 10 you will improve your designing and making skills. Alongside this you will also learn about and use a variety of tools, materials and machines and how they can be used to create a range of different products. You will also learn about various designers and their products. You will gain experience and knowledge in using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Manufacture). All of this knowledge will help you for your exam and coursework.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The GCSE qualification is made up of an exam which is worth 50% and the coursework which is worth 50%. It is a 2 hour exam taken at the end of Year 11 and tests your knowledge and understanding of what you have learnt throughout the course.

The exam is split into 3 sections. Section A is core knowledge of all areas of design technology including a range of materials and processes relevant to all disciplines within the subject. These are made up of: New and emerging technologies, Energy storage and generation, Modern and Smart Materials, Systems approach to designing, Mechanical Devices, Materials and their working properties.

Sections B and C are where you can choose the questions specialised to your chosen area these are a range of short answered questions including some design development.

Coursework is completed during the end of Year 10 and into Year 11. A brief for the coursework is given from AQA in the June of Year 10. Coursework is made up of 4 sections including completing research relevant to the given brief. A range of design ideas are to be created against a specification. These designs then need to be developed into your final idea. This then leads on to you making, testing and evaluation of your final piece.

QUALITIES I WILL NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THIS COURSE?

* You should enjoy designing, making and be creative

* All work should be presented neatly

* You should be confident using a computer in order to develop your designing skills on various CAD programs such as 2D Design

* You need to be well organised as there is a lot of design and theory work to be completed to prepare yourself for the exam

* You have to work independently in order to complete your coursework

GCSE Textiles (AQA) 

 

WHAT WILL THIS COURSE ENABLE ME TO DO?

You will develop the creative skills and confidence needed to design and construct original and exciting textile items from a variety of mediums. You will learn about the structure and properties of fibres, yarns and fabrics and how to beautifully decorate them in imaginative and interesting ways.In addition, we study the textile industry. We will discover how fabric is manufactured, focusing on industrial production through the ages, sustainability and environmental impact. The textile industry is one of Britain’s largest employers, including designing, manufacture and retail of fashion and interior products. 

 

 

WHAT WILL THE COURSE CONTAIN?

The course will allow you to develop textile knowledge and hone practical skills. We look at famous designers, existing products and the fascinating history of textiles. Practical skills include dyeing, printing and decorative enhancement. (You are expected to provide your own material for your controlled assessment). 

 

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The GCSE qualification is made up of a written exam which is worth 50% and coursework which is also 50%. It is a 2 hour exam and is taken at the end of Year 11. It tests your knowledge and understanding of what you have learnt throughout the course.

The exam is split into 3 sections. Section A is core knowledge of all areas of design technology including a range of materials and processes relevant to all disciplines within the subject. These are made up of: New and emerging technologies, Energy storage and generation, Modern and Smart Materials, Systems approach to designing, Mechanical Devices, Materials and their working properties.

Sections B and C are where you can choose the questions specialised to your chosen area, these are a range of short answered questions including some design development.

Coursework is completed towards the end of Year 10 and into Year 11. A brief for the coursework is given from AQA in the June of Year 10. Coursework is made up of 4 sections including completing research relevant to the given brief. A range of design ideas are to be created against a specification. These designs then need to be developed into your final idea. This then leads on to you making, testing and the evaluation of your final piece. 

 

 

QUALITIES I WILL NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THIS COURSE?

* You should enjoy drawing (technical and freehand), designing and making things – with attention to planning and detail

* You will need to do your homework regularly and meet deadlines

* You will need to be both creative and arty

* Most importantly - use your own initiative and be independent! 

NB: IF YOU DO NOT FEEL CONFIDENT USING A SEWING MACHINE, DON’T WORRY! YOU WILL HAVE EXPERT TRAINING – BASIC SKILLS WILL QUICKLY BE LEARNED.