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  Technology Department - Product Design, Engineering and Graphic Products    
 
         
 
Technology Department
     
         
  Head of Department: Mr P Karklins      
         
  Product Design / Engineering & Graphics      
  Subjects taught:      
 
KS3 KS4
  • Product Design
  • Graphics
  • GCSE Resistant Materials
  • GCSE Graphics
  • BTEC Engineering
     
  KS3 Product Design & Graphics      
  KS3 Product Design & Graphics - various items      
  Year 7 Pencil holder project & boat projects      
         
         
  KS3 Product Design & Graphics - novelty clocks etc.      
  Year 8 - Clock project / novelty glasses / LED light project / shop fronts      
         
  KS4 Options      
  From Year 8 the following options are:
     
 
  • GCSE Resistant Materials
  • BTEC Engineering
  • GCSE Graphics
  • GCSE Food with Food Hygiene Certificate
     
         
  GCSE Resistant Materials      
 
This GCSE is largely coursework based. Students will be expected to design and manufacture two projects of their own choice, based on a given theme. The first project theme will be a desktop speaker docking system that allows a mobile phone or MP3/4 to be plugged in and listen to – the speakers used are 20W, so create an excellent sound quality. The second theme differs every year depending upon what the students choose (see pictures below). During the course, students will use high-tech equipment such as laser cutters and computerised vinyl cutters to manufacture their products, as well as using a range of tools and equipment for manufacturing from metals, woods and plastics. They will also develop design drawings using computer aided design programs and carry out a product analysis on existing products on the market, as part of a project design folder.
     
         
 
In addition to the coursework projects, students will undertake a range of short tasks to develop practical skills and knowledge and will use a variety of different materials, including smart materials and electronic components. Students will also learn how to use ICT effectively in their coursework, including computer aided design and manufacturing programs similar to those used in industry.
The GCSE consists of two coursework components and an external examination:
     
         
 
  • Project (1) 30% of the GCSE
  • Project (2) 30% of the GCSE
  • Exam 40% of the GCSE
     
         
  AMPS Project      
  Amp Project (2013 theme)      
         
         
  Help for Heroes Project      
  Help for Heroes project – charity display (2013 theme)      
         
         
  Other projects manufactured by Resistant Materials students      
  Other projects manufactured by Resistant Materials students      
         
  GCSE Graphics      
 
This GCSE involves the designing and making of models using Graphic based materials such as card, paper, thin plastic, foam board etc. The qualification involves the completion of two ’design and make’ projects, the first of which is an architectural model style building relating closely to the specific interests of students. The second project is a board game designed and manufactured in any design chosen, with the two projects accounting for 60% of the GCSE. Students will need to undertake independent research and will need to develop and record a range of designs; they will be expected to illustrate a range of graphic design skills and the use ICT effectively in their coursework, including computer aided manufacture. Students will then go on to make two quality products. Students will gain knowledge of sustainable design and the technical aspects of designing and making in preparation for an external examination, accounting for 40% of the GCSE.
     
         
 
  • Project (1) 30% of the GCSE
  • Project (2) 30% of the GCSE
  • Exam 40% of the GCSE
     
         
  Students could manufacture:      
  An architectural style model of a building, displays or any graphic product based on student preference.      
  GCSE Graphics      
         
         
  BTEC Engineering
     
 
BTEC Engineering is about the manufacture of high quality products using a range of techniques including computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM). The subject closely reflects practices in industry and will help students develop skills in mechanical engineering and build technical knowledge, as well as developing vital work-based requirements such as initiative, problem solving skills and the ability to work in a team. BTEC it is not just suited to those students who wish to enter engineering as a profession but will benefit anyone wishing to manufacture high quality innovative products using a range of high-tech equipment.
     
         
  The BTEC level 2 award is equivalent to one GCSE at grade C or above. The components are:
     
  Core units
     
 
  • Unit 1: 25%
    The Engineered World – External exam on engineering knowledge

  • Unit 2: 25%
    Investigating an Engineered Product. Internal assessment

  • Unit 7: 50%
    Machining Techniques, which covers areas such as selecting, investigating and use of machining techniques that involve shaping or forming. It looks at the use of work-holding devices and a range of tools to carry out a variety of machining processes, including use of the centre lathe, pillar drill and milling machine.
     
         
  Students could manufacture:
     
  A football kicking machine, a screwdriver, aluminium container, ping pong shooter, vehicles, super capacitor LED lamps etc.      
  BTEC Engineering