Design and Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, which involves using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Through following the programme of study, pupils become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Here at STMLC we follow the national curriculum for design and technology, aiming to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world;
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users;
- be critical of their and others work through evaluating and testing their ideas and products and the work of others;
By the end of key stage 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.
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Design and Technology: Graphic Products (4550)
We offer the AQA (Full Course) specification for our Design and Technology based course. The offered course is Graphic Products (Specification Code 4550).
GCSE Design and Technology: Graphic Products enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials.
Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.
This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.
This specification has been designed to encourage pupils to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. Pupils will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. Pupils will be encouraged to learn through images to use, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation.
Pupils will design and make product(s) using a graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work. In addition this qualification will foster an awareness amongst pupils, of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing.
Entry and Progression
It is useful, but not a requirement, for candidates to have studied the national curriculum for design and technology at key stage 3. The specification provides an excellent route into GCE Product Design.
Unit 1: Written Paper (45501) 2 hours – 120 marks – 40% Candidates answer all questions in two sections
Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45502) Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60% Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks