Key Stage 4
GCSE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
from – Textiles, Product Design, Food & Nutrition or Graphic Products)
Food & Nutrition
Graphic products 4550
Technology allows for individual study in an area that is appropriate
and suited to a student’s intended career
Regardless of choice within the subject, all students will benefit from
the aims of the subject, some of which are to:
individual flair and creativity and the ability to innovate;
practical abilities and confidence to design, make and modify products
students to combine designing and making with knowledge and
students to consider the social, economic and environmental impact of
critical and aesthetic abilities;
opportunities to work both as individuals and members of a team;
activities which call upon and contribute to knowledge and
understanding of a range of subjects but in particular mathematics,
English, science and IT.
an insight into industrial processes such as CAD (Computer Aided
Design), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) and use of CNC (Computer
Numeric Control) machines.
Textiles allows those students who have an
interest in pursuing studies with materials and associated skills and
knowledge, e.g. fashion, interior design and soft furnishings.
course combines graphic skills using card and modelling techniques with the specialist areas of resistant materials and textiles. Students
are expected to produce a three dimensional product and a design
portfolio for their coursework. The qualification will allow students
to progress onto the product design A-level courses.
This qualification is useful to students pursuing a career in design,
construction, architecture, engineering, graphic design etc.
Food & Nutrition
course involves the preparation of food and knowledge of nutritional
values. Students will study a wide
range of topics, e.g. functional properties, food production,
processing and food safety. Students are required to prepare
on a regular basis and therefore need to be organised. This examination would be suitable for those wishing to learn about food, nutrition and the properties of food through practical tasks, although it can lead to careers in food science, health and social care and hospitality. It includes topics such as: health & safety and consumer issues.
course involves creative design work and prototype model making and/or
illustrating. It is very useful for students who may be
interested in following a career in the field of
e.g. architecture, interior design, advertising, graphical
illustrating, product design etc.
specialist areas will involve students paying towards material costs.
Design & technology is an excellent
subject to study as a basic requirement for apprenticeships, NVQs and
AS/A2 level in Design & technology. Obviously each discipline lends itself to
individual career choices e.g. product design – engineering;
textiles – design/costume; food –
experience when combined with ICT skills is relevant at apprenticeship,
further education and degree level.