Design & Technology

Introduction

The Technology department at Heathfield is made up of five subject areas including; electronics, food, graphics, resistant materials and systems and control. The department is staffed with seven specialist teachers and two support technicians who work effectively together to harness talents and support student progress.

Teaching & Learning

The department uses a wide range of different teaching and learning techniques to challenge all students to allow them to further their knowledge. Out project based curriculum supports all abilities and encourages students to work effectively in teams and develop independence in their learning. We provide opportunities for students to produce practical outcomes using traditional skills along with the use of modern technologies through the use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

Facilities

The department is made up of 5 workshops, 2 food technology rooms and a computer suite. The rooms are equipped with the specialist equipment required to teach all elements of the subject. We are fortunate to have a laser cutter and a range of Computer Aided Design software to present work to a high standard.

Enrichment

Extra activities are offered outside the normal day and include competitions such as a ‘bake off’, visits and extra holiday and workshop time for examination classes. The department also offers small project based enrichment tasks for all year groups during the academic year.

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for Technology on pathways 2-8 – click here

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
7

School based curriculum meeting current National Curriculum Programmes of Study including:

  • Opportunities to learn about materials and their properties
  • Experiences to manufacture products accurately using mathematics
  • An investigation into STEM and how products are designed scientifically
  • The use of electronic components to develop products
  • Experiences to develop creativity in the design and development of ideas.
  • Food Technology: focusing on developing good practical skills, nutrition and food science. Pupils will create a range of healthy, sweet and savoury products.
National Curriculum Head of Design & Technology
Mrs S Connelley and
Mrs C Kerr
sconnelley@heathfieldcc.co.uk
ckerr@heathfieldcc.co.uk
Subject Leader : Food and Nutrition
Mrs H Stubbs
hstubbs@heathfieldcc.co.uk
8

School based curriculum meeting current National Curriculum Programmes of Study including:

  • Opportunities to understand materials, processes and industrial manufacture
  • Experiences around the use of programming Integrated Circuits
  • Development of prototypes using sketching, CAD and modelling materials
  • Using contexts to experiment with materials to produce creative solutions
  • Food Technology: developing higher level cooking skills, nutrition and food science. Producing a range of predominately healthy savoury meals to develop life skills.
National Curriculum

 

9

 AQA GCSE Design and Technology

The course will deliver a range of knowledge and skills including:

  • The ability to research, analyse and design based on given and self written contexts
  • Developing a knowledge of a wide range of materials and their working properties
  • The ability to use different tools and equipment including the use of Computer Aided Manufacture
  • A developed knowledge of electronic components, structures and forces
  • The ability to apply mathematics effectively in the design process
  • A knowledge of the wider issues in Design and Technology including ethics and sustainability
  • An awareness of the industrial production of products including automation.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • ​Food provenance.

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.​

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE Head of Design & Technology
Mrs S Connelley and
Mrs C Kerr
sconnelley@heathfieldcc.co.uk
ckerr@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Subject leader: Resistant Materials
Mr M.Rigg
mrigg@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Subject Leader: Food and Nutrition
Mrs H Stubbs
hstubbs@heathfieldcc.co.uk

10/11

AQA GCSE Design and Technology

The course will deliver a range of knowledge and skills including:

  • The ability to research, analyse and design based on given and self written contexts
  • Developing a knowledge of a wide range of materials and their working properties
  • The ability to use different tools and equipment including the use of Computer Aided Manufacture
  • A developed knowledge of electronic components, structures and forces
  • The ability to apply mathematics effectively in the design process
  • A knowledge of the wider issues in Design and Technology including ethics and sustainability
  • An awareness of the industrial production of products including automation.

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • ​Food provenance.

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.​

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE Head of Design & Technology
Mrs S Connelley and
Mrs C Kerr
sconnelley@heathfieldcc.co.uk
ckerr@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Subject leader: Resistant Materials
Mr M.Rigg
mrigg@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Subject Leader: Food and Nutrition
Mrs H Stubbs
hstubbs@heathfieldcc.co.uk

12/13

OCR A level Design and Technology – Product Design

During year 12 students will undertake a wide range of activities focusing on:

  • exploring, creating and evaluating products
  • investigating materials and manufacturing industries
  • the impact of wider social, moral and environmental issues

This will ensure they have the knowledge, skills and understanding required to complete the three assessment units in year 13:

 

Principles of Product Design

80 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper

This paper is set out through four sets of questions that cover technical principles. Learners will be required to:

  • analyse existing products
  • demonstrate applied mathematical skills
  • demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
  • demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

Problem Solving in Product Design

70 marks 1 hour 45 minutes written paper​ with designing element

This component has a series of longer answer questions that require learners to demonstrate their problem solving and critical evaluation skills. Learners will be required to:

  • apply their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products
  • demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions.

 

Iterative Design Project 

Approx. 65 hours non-exam assessment 50% of total A level

The ‘Iterative Design Project’ requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate. Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

 A Level Head of Design & Technology
Mrs S Connelley
sconnelley@heathfieldcc.co.uk