In Years 7 to 8 students have two lessons of Design and Technology each week and are taught in colour groups. The first lesson will use food and textiles as the design materials, the second lesson will allow students to gain experience in the use of resistant materials – wood, metal, plastic and graphics.
The students’ work will be assessed using the following criteria: Researching, Generating ideas, Developing Criteria, Communicating, Planning and organisation, Outcome and Evaluation.
To see which topics will be learned by KS3 students during academic year 2016/17 please click below
We are introducing a new method of setting homework for pupils in KS3 called ‘Takeaway Homework’. This is where pupils will be given a list of all the possible homework for each topic. Pupils will then need to complete a set number of homework from this list. Parents/carers will be able to see what homework is being set and discuss and decide which homework they should attempt for each topic. The homework will consist of different levels to suit the needs of all pupils. We want to encourage all pupils to attempt at least one higher level piece of homework per topic.
|Subject Name||Syllabus||Examination Board|
|GCSE Graphic Products||4100||WJEC|
|GCSE Resistant Materials||4110||WJEC|
This is a design and make course where students work with paper, card and plastic as their main materials. An understanding of the design process is developed through focussed practical tasks and projects. Students will build on knowledge, skills and understanding from Years 7 to 8.
This GCSE course is 60% coursework based and 40% examination. Students will be asked to undertake one piece of coursework for the GCSE. This GCSE involves a lot of writing, researching, analysis and problem solving.
The coursework is to be done in the classroom. In collaboration with the coursework students will undertake theory lessons that will involve building their knowledge of design and technology in school, the media and from industry. We will also look at design and designers from across the globe in different design fields.
Why this subject is important?
Students who enjoy Art, Drawing and model making will find this course interesting.
Students will be able to develop their drawing techniques and designing skills.
What skills will I use?
- Problem solving
What are the coursework requirements and when must it be completed?
For Graphics, students have to produce 1 detailed design portfolio. The coursework is to be completed over a set time under controlled conditions only. Certain aspects of the coursework such as research can be done away from the classroom. In collaboration with the coursework students will undertake theory lessons that will support and build their knowledge of design and technology in school, the media and from industry.
Strict deadlines are given throughout the year, with the final piece of coursework due in March/April of your last year.
How will the final grade be awarded?
The final GCSE grade is made of 2 sections: 1 piece of coursework at 60% each and 1 written exam worth 40%. The exam will be taken at the end of the course.
Any extra-curricular activities?
Extra study club for Year 10 and 11 run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school for 1 hour.
Progression – careers and further study
Studying Graphics can lead to a career and/or further study in Graphic Design, Advertising, Product Design and Art.
If you need further advice, who do you speak to?
Head of Department.