Technology

Technology

Design and Technology is an exciting, varied and rewarding subject that aims to develop creativity, designing and making skills using traditional and modern techniques, teamwork, perseverance, independence and problem solving. We aim to keep up with advances in science and technology so are projects are continually updated.

Key Stage 3

A range of subject areas are offered throughout Key Stage 3 on a rotation including; engineering, product design, textiles and food technology. All courses offer additional ‘challenge activities’ during lessons to encourage progress with students who like to advance their learning. Homework is set on a fortnightly basis and also includes additional challenge activities, these can be found on the Moodle which can be accessed from this site.

Year 7

Students rotate through three compulsory subject areas spending thirteen weeks on each topic.

Product Design 

Students experience what it takes to create a quality product that can be sold to consumers. Students are asked to design and make a memory stick cover that includes the use of modern manufacturing processes such as laser cutting and etching. The memory stick must be commercially viable so students are asked to develop packaging for the finished product. In this topic you will also cover consumer requirements, analysis of existing product research, design constraints, 3D drawing techniques and computer aided design and manufacture.

Food Technology 

Students are given the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills with a focus on ‘Healthy Eating’ including basic nutrition.  An important start to the course is making students aware of safe and hygienic procedures when preparing to cook and during the practical sessions. We aim to foster enthusiasm and interest, increase confidence and knowledge when handling a variety of food and equipment through weekly practical sessions.

Textiles 

Students develop confidence and gain experience operating sewing and over-locker machines opening up a range of possibilities for future practical outcomes. During this rotation students manufacture a personal organiser using biomimicry as inspiration. Students will develop a range of skills such as enlarging, pattern production, hemming, appliqué and embellishment. Computer aided design and Manufacture such as dye-sublimation, laser cutter and poem machine will be used to enhance the outcomes. The completed product will be completed with packaging and a care label enabling students to experience the necessary requirements for commercial viability. 

Extra-Curricular activities

Students have the option of engaging in a range of KS3 clubs covering the main subject areas. This time can be used to further enhance the skills developed in the lessons. Students also have the option of attending the STEM club which is offered to increase students understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and involves students taking part in a range of exciting projects covering this broad range of subjects. Projects are always changing to keep in line with advances in science and technology but in the past the STEM club has looked at rockets, the theory of flight, sustainable energy production and vehicle aerodynamics to name but a few.

Year 8

Students rotate through four compulsory subject areas spending ten weeks on each topic.


Product Design

Students develop practical skills working with a range of resistant materials including manufactured board, acrylic and aluminium. Students are asked to design and make a clock that includes the use of modern manufacturing processes such as laser cutting and etching. The clock is designed around a study of 20th century design movements and includes a working light sensing circuit that enables the clock to be read in the dark. In this topic you will also cover circuit construction, soldering techniques, surface finishing techniques, industrial production methods, temporary and permanent fixings and product evaluation.

Food Technology

Students build on Year 7 focusing on developing more advanced practical skills. Following a healthy lifestyle is explored in greater depth with specific reference to current Government Guidelines, The Eat Well Guide and investigation in how to modify dishes to improve nutritional values. Knowledge gained is applied to practical tasks. Students will be secure in their understanding of a Balanced Diet and the potential consequences of not making sensible food choices.

Textiles

Students develop a range of fabric finishing skills to produce a soft furnishing product. The product utilises skills developed in Year 7 and also introduces new concepts such as working with SMART materials. Students use reverse appliqué to create a design for a cushion based on a range of themes. The emphasis on this project is quality control and ensuring the product is manufactured to a strict design criteria.


Engineering

This subject is introduced to students in Year 8 because of the highly technical level of knowledge and understanding required for success. Students undertake two areas of study, the first area develops their knowledge of mechanical systems and students apply this to create a range of products. In the second area of study students learn and demonstrate how to embed    intelligence in electronic products with inputs and outputs. This is an exciting and interesting field of study and we aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills needed to compete at a National level.

Extra-Curricular activities

Students have the full range of subjects on offer as extra-curricular sessions that they can use to further enhance their learning. The STEM club is extended to include year eight students who can come along and work with students from other year groups to develop their excitement for this vast field of learning. We aim to take part in inter-school competitions such as the faraday challenge where students can compete and utilise their engineering skills.

Year 9

Students are given the opportunity to choose two subjects within the technology curriculum, Food technology, Textiles, Product Design and Engineering. This allows students to spend twenty weeks on each of the two subjects they have chosen gaining a more in-depth experience that will prepare them for the KS4 courses.

Product Design

Students undertake a range of mini-projects that are designed to equip them with skills that can be used for successful completion of GCSE Product Design. Projects include the use of a range of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, glass and smart materials. A range of equipment is utilised to ensure products are manufactured to a high standard including; laser cutter, dye sublimation, grit blaster and vinyl cutter. The emphasis on this project is the designing of innovative and creative products that would appeal to a mass market.

Food Technology

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of food commodities, such as Meat, Eggs, Fruit & Vegetables, Cereals, Fish, Alternative Proteins and Dairy foods, practical tasks will be linked closely to theory work and they will be given more choice in their selection of dishes.  Emphasis is given to food safety and storage and prevention of food poisoning. A short Multi-cultural unit is run looking at Ready Meals with reference to costing, nutritional content and packaging and labelling.

Textiles

Students are required to design and manufacture a unique photograph album that utilises a range of textiles techniques such as mola, appliqué, batik, dyeing and printing. The purpose of this project is for students to explore the more artistic nature of textiles as a subject and to equip them with techniques and inspiration for successful completion of the GCSE course.   


Engineering

The main focus of the Engineering course in Year 9 is to equip students with experience of electronic products. Students are required to design and manufacture an eco-friendly docking station. Students will use computer aided design and manufacture to create a flat-pack container to house the electronics. Students will also investigate component technology, sustainability issues, printed circuit board manufacture, net development, product manufacturing methods and electronics theory.

Extra-Curricular activities

Students have the full range of subjects on offer as extra-curricular sessions that they can use to further enhance their learning. The STEM club is extended to include Year 9 students who can come along and work with students from other year groups to develop their excitement for this vast field of learning. Students in Year 9 often take on a mentoring role for the younger students and help to foster a unique learning environment.

Students in Year 9 are also offered the opportunity to apply for a role in the schools Greenpower team. This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience the competitive nature of motor vehicle design, manufacture and racing. Students will design, build and race along with many other schools and universities an electric car. The team will have the opportunity to race the eco-vehicle at one of the many professional racing circuits around the country.

If you would like to find out anything to do with the Technology curriculum that is not detailed on the website please contact the teaching and learning leader for technology Mr I Baker. This can be done by phone or e-mail: baker.i@cottinghamhigh.net

 

Key Stage 4

 

We offer a wide range of Technology subjects as options for students in Key Stage 4, as part of the Route 1 Foundation Learning, and the Route 2 and Route 3 English Baccalaureate.

 

 

Within Design and Technology, we offer an exciting range of courses, including vocational opportunities. Each Design and Technology subject allows our students to apply creative design skills whilst increasing their subject knowledge and practical ability. They also develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving, team working, research, computing and planning, which are useful in many career areas.

To help our students choose the right Design and Technology course, we ask them to think carefully about which area of Technology they have enjoyed the most over the last three years, or been the most successful in.

Pupils should also consider their future career path and how Design and Technology can contribute to that. Careers relating to Design and Technology fall into two general groups – design and product development and practical careers. Design and product development careers include engineering or industrial design, textile and fashion design, architecture, construction, design communication for film, advertising, entertainment, magazines, newspapers, posters and packaging and market research.
If you would like to find out anything to do with the Technology curriculum that is not detailed on the website please contact the teaching and learning leader for technology Mr I Baker. This can be done by phone or e-mail: baker.i@cottinghamhigh.net

 

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

The course

This qualification is for students who wish to equip themselves with skills, knowledge and understanding required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.
It will give them opportunities to develop life skills that enable learners to feed themselves and others affordably now, and later in life.
This new course is designed to enable students to –
• Demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills using a variety of foods, techniques and equipment
• Develop knowledge and understanding of properties, processes as well as nutritional content of food.
• Understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health.
• Understand ethical and cultural influences on food availability, production and choice.
• Demonstrate knowledge of food safety in preparation, processing, cooking and storing of food.
• Explore a range of ingredient and processes from different culinary traditions
In order to be successful in the course you must be well organised and be prepared to provide ingredients required weekly for practical lessons

How are students assessed?

Internally assessed work will involve group work and peer and self-assessment. 
A considerable amount of knowledge will be gained through planning, preparing and cooking of a variety of dishes.  Students will work independently here to fulfil the requirements of the controlled assessment tasks in Year 11
Exam practice questions will feature in homework tasks.
• 50% - Written exam at the end of the course – I hour 30 minutes
• 35% - Food Preparation Task completed from November in Year 11. This assesses planning, preparation, cooking, and presentation of food. Includes a 3 hour practical assessment
• 15% - Food Investigation Task completed September – November in Year 11. This assesses the scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food and includes practical skill.

What can students go on to do after this course?

Students could go on to study AS/A2 Food Technology, or a more vocational course involving Hospitality and Catering.

NCFE Certificate in Food and Cookery

The course

14 – 16 year olds who are interested in any aspect of food and cookery and in the context of cooking for health.
This course is appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands – on experiences.
Level 2 is appropriate for learners looking to develop core knowledge and apply this in preparing and producing dishes
This new course is designed to enable you to:
• prepare ingredients, equipment, and yourself for practical cooking activities
• understand the function of food in the body and it’s role within recipes
• modify recipes for a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet
• assess a diet and recommend improvements
• plan and produce dishes for a specific diet or purpose
In order to be successful in the course you must be well organised and be prepared to provide ingredients required weekly for practical lessons

How are students assessed?

A considerable amount of knowledge will be gained through planning, preparing and cooking of a variety of dishes.  Students will work independently here to fulfil the requirements of each unit and assignment for any external assessment.
Internally assessed units will involve group work and peer and self-assessment.
You will be expected to complete homework weekly which will include planning for practical work and development of research skills. Homework will aim to improve problem solving and communications skills
• Unit 1 - Preparing to Cook
• Unit 2 - Understanding food
• Unit 3 - Exploring balanced diets
• Unit 4 - Plan and produce dishes in response to a brief
Out of the four units studied Unit 3 is an externally assessed exam and accounts for 25% of the overall mark. The other Units are internally assessed and will be a mixture of assignment work and practical activities.
What can students go on to do after this course?
Students could go on to study AS/A2 Food Technology, or a more vocational course involving Hospitality and Catering.

Product Design

The course

This course is designed for those pupils who have an interest in all aspects of product design and enjoy the practical activities undertaken within a variety of Design and Technology subjects.
Courses will appeal to students who have a passion for creative design and wish to create new products in a range of materials including textiles.

During Year 10 you will undertake a range of focused tasks with the aim of developing your skills in the manufacture of products using a variety of materials.  You will apply product analysis techniques in the disassembly of common products to ascertain the materials and industrial processes used in their manufacture.  Graphic communication skills will be developed and applied in the production of your own design drawings.  You will be taught to consider the environment, computer aided design and manufacture, smart materials, ergonomics and anthropometrics when developing ideas.  Towards the end of Year 10 you will make your coursework project choice enabling you to focus on the manufacturing materials you enjoyed working with the most.  The examination board will provide a range of interesting projects for you to choose from. 

Within the Product Design umbrella you will choose to focus on graphic products, resistant materials, or textiles.  The emphasis is on the design and making of quality products using a range of materials and modern manufacturing techniques.

During the course you will cover the following areas;
• Designing skills
• Making Skills
• Materials and components
• Design and market influences
• Processes and manufacture
You will be set weekly homework tasks that will focus on the theoretical knowledge required for successful completion of the course.

How are students assessed?

Your coursework project will contribute 60% to your overall grade.  Knowledge and understanding of course content will be externally assessed during a written examination.  This will contribute 40% towards your final grade.

What can students go on to do after this course?

On successful completion of our GCSE Product Design course, it is possible to take an AS/A2 Product Design course where students can choose to specialise in resistant materials, graphic materials or textiles. The GCSE Product Design course also provides a good foundation for any design-based vocational qualification.

Textiles and Fashion

The course

This course helps to develop design and technology skills through the design and manufacture of textile products. We cover a range of topics, including:
• Fibres and Fabrics – properties and characteristics, combination, construction and uses of textile fibres and fabrics
• Finishing Processes – dyeing and printing, decoration and enhancement
• Product Analysis – analysis of designs and products
• Techniques and Processes – CAD/CAM, processes
• Health and Safety issues
• Creative and Decorative Techniques – quality assurance, simple tests, paper patterns, prototypes, modelling
We expect our pupils to take part in both practical and written projects and to anticipate the provision of textile materials for the successful completion of these. Practical work could involve the manufacture of both garments and decorative items.
Towards the end of Year 10, candidates begin their coursework project, this consists of a design folder and complete textile product. During Year 11, students complete their coursework project. Revision focused tasks will then be undertaken in preparation for the final examination.

How are students assessed?

Coursework projects will contribute 60% to the overall grade. Knowledge and understanding of course content will be externally assessed at the end of the course during a two hour written examination. This will contribute 40% towards the final grade.

What can students go on to do after this course?

Students can go on to study AS/A2 Product Design through Textiles. Other opportunities involve those within the Media Arts – Drama (costume design) and Art.

BTEC Engineering

The course

This course is aimed at students who would like to gain an understanding of the world of Engineering. You will study a range of topics and upon successful completion of the course will have a sound basis for further study and entering the Engineering sector.
You must be able to work to deadlines and commit additional time when necessary in order to submit assignment evidence on time.

You will learn through completion of assignment based activities that cover a range of topic areas and are based on real life scenarios. You will be given a set time frame for submission of the assignment evidence. You will be required to research your assignment in depth before generating your response and submitting your work for assessment.
This is a mechanical engineering based course nationally recognised at Level 2 that provides the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare you for employment or further education within the engineering sector, i.e. civil, aerospace, mechanical, computer, electrical and electronic, chemical, aeronautical.
As well as investigating an engineered product and developing your machining techniques you will also find out about;
• Engineering sectors and their products
• Mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering processes
• Scales of production
• Modern production methods
• Modern and smart materials in engineering
• Modern material foams in engineering
• Modern material processes in engineering
• New technologies in engineering
• Sustainable engineered products
• Minimising waste production
• Lean manufacturing
• Renewable sources of energy
Homework assignments will be set on a weekly basis and will contribute towards successful completion of the three units of study.

How are students assessed?

The BTEC Award enables you to achieve the equivalent of one GCSE at grades 1-9 and requires the successful completion of a range of core and specialist units, including:

Unit 1  The Engineered World
Unit 2  Investigating an Engineered Product
Unit 7  Machining Techniques

In addition to these units students will also study health and safety in Engineering, computer aided Engineering, electronic circuit design and construction, interpreting and using Engineering information and Mathematics for Engineering.

Each unit carries a weighting that contributes to the final grade – Pass, Merit or Distinction. The majority of unit evidence is internally assessed – Unit One is externally assessed.
What can students go on to do after this course?
This course will provide a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into appropriate training in employment within an Engineering vocation. It lays an appropriate foundation for undertaking an Advanced apprenticeship in industry, or for the further study of Engineering or related subjects at GCE/VCE Advance Subsidiary and Advanced levels.
This qualification also provides ideal preparation for the completion of the AQA Tec-Level in Engineering
If you would like to find out anything to do with the Technology curriculum that is not detailed on the website please contact the teaching and learning leader for technology Mr I Baker. This can be done by phone or e-mail: baker.i@cottinghamhigh.net

Key Stage 5

At key stage five we offer the AQA Technical level in Engineering. This is a course endorsed by many local and national engineering companies including Siemens.  

AQA Foundation Tec-Level in Engineering

The course

The course is aimed at those who are intending to work in the engineering sector or anyone interested in developing an understanding of the engineering industry and gaining practical engineering skills. Students who complete this course can go on to undertake a degree course with the intention of becoming a chartered professional engineer, an advanced apprenticeship within an engineering company, or to college to undertake further practical skills based courses.

In order to be successful in completion of the course it is essential that you have achieved a minimum of a B grade within Science and Mathematics at GCSE.
The course gives you the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the engineering industry in applied, practical and academic learning contexts.
You will develop practical skills while researching relevant topic areas and applying theory to develop your practice.
You will work individually, in pairs and in groups to complete the different tasks, which will require planning, analytical and practical engineering skills.

The AQA Foundation Tech-Level in Engineering is equivalent to one A-level.

You will gain the core technical knowledge required to work in today’s exciting engineering industries and cover topics such as;
• The scientific principles used to identify the most suitable materials in a given engineering context
• Mechanical engineering systems and components
• The processes of engineering design

The Foundation course consists of four mandatory units of study;
Unit 1 - Materials technology and science (external examination)
Unit 2 - Mechanical systems (externally set and marked practical assignment)
Unit 3 - Engineering design (internally assessed)
Unit 4 - Production and manufacturing (internally assessed)
Further information about the course can be found online at www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/engineering/tech-level
We actively encourage you to take part in competitions, in the past we have entered competitions run by the Royal Academy of Engineering and undertaken projects in conjunction with HETA.

You will have the opportunity to attend engineering focussed visits to enhance your learning; talks and demonstrations from external visitors regarding careers and engineering in the real world are also included as a part of your course.

Upon completion of the Foundation Tech-Level learners could choose to progress onto the full Tech-Level in Design by completing a further four units of study equal to two A-Levels.

How are students assessed?

Assessment will range from internally assessed assignments, externally set and marked practical assignments to external examinations.

Assignment tasks could consist of practical tasks, written/essay type tasks or formal tests. You will be issued with an Assignment Brief that will tell you what tasks you have to complete to achieve that assignment. When you submit the assignment your teacher will assess then return it with an Assessment Feedback Sheet attached that clearly highlights any improvements needed, or informs you that you have passed. You are permitted to re-submit an assignment once improvements have been made but it must Pass the second time.

In this way you will build up a portfolio of assignment evidence throughout the course. Your progress will be closely monitored by your teacher - progress tracking sheets will be displayed in your classroom/s so that you can easily track and monitor your own progress also.

Each assignment has Pass, Merit and Distinction tasks. You have to complete all of the Pass tasks across the units to achieve a Pass (equivalent to a D/E grade at GCE), all of the Merit tasks across the units to achieve a Merit (equivalent to a C/B grade at GCE) and all Distinction tasks across the units to achieve a Distinction (equivalent to an A grade at GCE). Merit and Distinction tasks require the demonstration of a greater depth of knowledge and understanding than those at Pass level.

If you would like to find out anything to do with the Technology curriculum that is not detailed on the website please contact the teaching and learning leader for technology Mr I Baker. This can be done by phone or e-mail: baker.i@cottinghamhigh.net

 

 

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