Design Technology

Design Technology

The Design and technology department is one where we not only develop students’ passion for designing/making, we also enhance their academic abilities, provide important life skills and offer distinct career pathways where we have unique connections and links to industry.

The subjects we teach cover Graphic design, Product design, Food preparation and nutrition, Resistant materials, Textiles, Structures, Construction and some electronics at KS3.

At KS4, we cover Food preparation and nutrition, Designing and planning the built environment (Architecture /design focussed) and Constructing and maintaining the built environment (Construction Trade focussed) with the two latter courses being unique to our school across Merseyside.

At KS5 we currently offer Constructing the built environment which allows students to focus on Architecture, Construction trades or Civil engineering. This course also has industry connections unique to our school with our students spending 2 days per week across the duration of the course working out on site with one of our partners.

Our new City & Guilds courses at KS4 and 5 are also uniquely linked to the School of the built environment and School of Architecture at Liverpool John Moores university from where tutors will provide projects, tutorials and assessment of students’ work alongside offering invaluable advice on the industries and further study.

All of our subject areas provide vital and important transferable skills for study of other subjects such as: Identification of needs, how to research information, how to analyse information, application of knowledge and skills, working with and for others, responding to others needs, project planning, presentation skills, evaluation of work and projects.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7

We aim to provide students with the basic skills and love of the subject. To do this, we provide a broad range of projects that access as many areas of the subject as possible. All of our staff are able to teach across all subject areas meaning teachers get to know students and provides the students with consistency.

Units

  1. Chocolate Novelty
    Purpose – Health and safety/tools and equipment in the workshop/kitchen, designing, Product analysis, drawing skills, making skills (kitchen and workshop), presentation skills.
  2. Healthy Soups and Salads
    Purpose – Hygiene and nutrition, practical cookery and food preparation.
  1. Fiona Rutherford Cushion designs
    Purpose – Designing, practical sewing skills, material studies.
  2. Protective structures
    Purpose – How structures work, how forces act on structures.

Year 8

We consolidate and build upon the skills and passion developed by students in year 7 by raising the level of skills and knowledge necessary to complete the projects. In doing so, students will further develop life skills relevant to theirs’ and their families’ everyday lives.

Units

  1. Healthy Sports Diner Menu Design
    Purpose – Product analysis, marketing and advertising, design skills, presentation skills, mechanisms, structures, CAD/CAM.
  2. Mama’s Pasta
    Purpose – Product analysis, marketing and advertising, food hygiene/nutrition and preparation.
  1. Puggly Dolls
    Purpose – Product analysis, materials, marketing and advertising, sewing skills, sustainability, electronics.
  2. Traditional Wooden Toy
    Purpose – Practical workshop skills, measurement, presentation.

Year 9

We focus on the subject areas available to study at KS4 by using longer projects we enable students to make informed decisions when choosing options.

Units

  1. Designing, Planning & Construction – Liverpool One Kiosk
    Purpose – Design, structures, designing for clients, drawing skills, construction methods, construction materials, model making, CAD.
  1. Food preparation and Nutrition – Specialist Diets
    Purpose – Nutrition, hygiene, product analysis, food/materials study, analysis, designing for clients, practical food preparation skills.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

City & Guilds
L2 Technical Award in Designing and Planning the Built Environment

(120 GLH) Code – (6720-22)

Unit Title Guided Learning Hours
205 Developing Sustainable Communities 20
206 Planning and Design of the Built Environment 50
207 Creating and Presenting Building Designs 50

Assessment
Theory Exam 40% (004)
Synoptic Assignment 60% (003)

Purpose
This brand new Technical award (one full GCSE equivalent) is designed for those students wishing to follow a number of particular and before now in schools, under served career pathways into the professional and design focussed areas of the construction industry. It has been designed by City & Guilds who are recognised as leaders in qualifications for the construction industry, and teaches students about all aspects of the built environment and the development of communities, as well as developing both their traditional drawing and CAD (computer aided design) skills using industry standard 3D drawing and BIM (building information modelling) programs. The course will enable students to gain the required skills and knowledge to enable progress to level 3 (post 16) courses and further onto university/higher education professional qualifications for Architects or Civil engineers.

City & Guilds
L2 Technical Award in Constructing and Maintaining the Built Environment

(120 GLH) Code – (6720-21)
Unit Title Guided Learning Hours
201 Working in the Built Environment 15
202 Construction Methods and Materials 40
203 Maintenance, repair and refurbishment of buildings 25
204 Using Tools to Create the Built Environment 40

Assessment
Theory Exam 40% (002)
Synoptic Assignment 60% (001)

Purpose
This brand new Technical award (one full GCSE equivalent) is designed for those students wishing to follow a number of more site based career pathways into the construction industry. It has been designed by City & Guilds who are recognised as leaders in qualifications for the construction industry, and teaches students about the various job roles, industry sectors, materials , tools, equipment and technical aspects such as why buildings stand up or fall down, as well as developing some basic practical craft skills e.g. Brick laying and Joinery. We also plan to provide in the near future, opportunities to develop basic skills in other areas such as Painting, decorating, tiling and plastering . Successful completion of the course allows students to continue on to study in a more focussed trade specific area , continue onto Level 3 and then university at degree/HNC/D level OR apply directly for work as trainee site managers/supervisors/building trade professionals.

Assessment
Component 1: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of qualification


WJEC Eduqas
GCSE in Food Preparation & Nutrition

Units

  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

Assessment
Component 1: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of qualification

Assessment
Component 2: Food Preparation and Nutrition in Action
 – Non-examination assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
Assessment 1: 8 hours
Assessment 2: 12 hours
50% of qualification

Purpose
This brand new Technical award (one full GCSE equivalent) is designed for those students wishing to follow a number of more site based career pathways into the construction industry. It has been designed by City & Guilds who are recognised as leaders in qualifications for the construction industry, and teaches students about the various job roles, industry sectors, materials , tools, equipment and technical aspects such as why buildings stand up or fall down, as well as developing some basic practical craft skills e.g. Brick laying and Joinery. We also plan to provide in the near future, opportunities to develop basic skills in other areas such as Painting, decorating, tiling and plastering . Successful completion of the course allows students to continue on to study in a more focussed trade specific area , continue onto Level 3 and then university at degree/HNC/D level OR apply directly for work as trainee site managers/supervisors/building trade professionals.


Key Stage 5 Curriculum

City & Guilds
L3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Constructing the Built Environment

(720 GLH) Code – (6720-36))
Year 1
Unit Title Guided Learning Hours
301 Domestic Construction Technology 60
302 Industrial and Commercial Construction Technology 60
303 Health and Safety in the Built Environment 60
305 Construction Science and Materials 60
317 Sustainability and New Technologies 60
319 Maths and the Built Environment 60

Assessment
Theory Exam 20%
Synoptic Assignment 20%

Year 2

Unit Title Guided Learning Hours
304 Construction Site Supervision 60
306 Measurement, Tendering and Estimating 60
307 Site Surveying 60
311 Graphical Communication 60
313 Maintenance and Conversion 60
316 Building Regulations 60

Assessment
Theory Exam 30%
Synoptic Assignment 30%

Purpose
This brand new Technical Diploma (3 x full A level equivalent) is designed for those students wishing to follow a professional but more site based carer pathway into the construction industry such as site management and supervisors. It has been designed by City & Guilds who are recognised as leaders in qualifications for the construction industry, and develops further, students’ Level 2 knowledge and skills as well as covering surveying, building regulations and focussing more on the conversion and maintenance of existing buildings. The course is full time (720 hours over 2 years) and consists of 3 days per week in school and the other 2 days working with one of our partner employers such as Magenta living and SPIE. We also plan to provide in the near future, opportunities to develop basic skills in other areas such as Painting, decorating, tiling and plastering . Successful completion of the course allows students to continue on to study in a more focussed trade specific area , construction management courses at university at degree/HNC/D level OR apply directly for work as trainee site managers/supervisors/building trade professionals.