Department Overview

The teaching staff in the Faculty are all expert in their particular fields and share a passion for helping young people gain skills, knowledge and understanding in designing and making in many areas of Design and Technology. Although pupils experience work using varied materials, there are a number of common strands that run throughout their Design and Technology learning, including: researching, designing, making and evaluating.
The aim of the Design and Technology Faculty is to help equip pupils with the wide range of skills knowledge and understanding they need to function effectively as life long learners.
The technology department comprises of two modern food kitchens, two workshops, two computer rooms
and a Textiles workshop equipped with 12 brand new sewing machines.
Computer Aided Design and manufacture are an essential element to a thorough design and technology education, and at Alderbrook our facilities include a large flat-bed laser cutter, a CAD/CAM sewing machine, a suite of touch screen computers, industry standard software’s such as Photoshop and 2D design; as well as plans to increase our facilities further this year.

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Key Stage 4 – Product Design

Breakdown of GCSE: 40% written exam paper 60% CAT – controlled assessment task

Year 9

Box project – Using the laser cutter and making four different wood joints
Vacuum formed night light – Made out of high impact polystyrene
Comic book clock – Made out of acrylic and based on a comic book character of their choice

Year 10

Laminated storage unit – Pupils make their own mould and learn how to use the centre lathe and tapping dies
Jewellery project – Pupils learn how to cast with pewter and aluminium.
Start Controlled Assessment Task – Pupils choose brief

Year 11

Continuation of CAT.
Revision structure to start after February half term.
Footnote – All projects include theory led lessons as well as practical lessons.

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Key Stage 4 – Graphic Design

Breakdown of GCSE: 40% written exam paper 60% CAT – controlled assessment task

Year 9

Snowboard design project – Using both Photoshop and 2D design to design & produce a miniature snowboard.
Fast food packaging – Design your own packaging for a fast food company of your choice. Use of laser cutter.
Alton Towers – Design a pop up item to entice people to come to a Halloween ‘Spooktacular’

Year 10

Scent bottle – Design an innovative bottle and packaging for a perfume /aftershave brand.
Festival pack – Design an emergency kit for a festival of your choice
Start Controlled Assessment Task – Pupils to choose which brief the want to complete.

Year 11

CAT continued.
Revision for the exam will start after February half term.

 

Key Stage 4 – Food

Breakdown of GCSE: 40% written exam paper 60% CAT – controlled assessment task

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Nutritional content of food – look at the nutrients in different foods, why we need them and the consequences of not eating the right balance
Functions – look at why certain ingredients are needed in food products, combining ingredients, finishing techniques
Practical work– Make a variety of food products to develop practical skills from shaping a burger to rolling a Swiss roll.

Year 10

CIEH Food Safety Certificate in Catering – Learn all about food safety and hygiene in the production of food
Bread Project – Design and make a new bread product
Cake Project – Looking at manufacturing processes
Social, moral and ethical issues – Organic, GM foods, Food miles
Start CAT – Pupils will be given a design brief and will use research, cooking and testing to develop a new food product

Year 11

Continuation of CAT.
Revision structure to start after February half term.

 

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Breakdown of GCSE: 60% (CAT) Controlled assessment (coursework)
40%– written examination

Year 9

Introduction to a wider range of decorative and construction skills.
Fabric Book Cover – using techniques such as applique, fabric dye and embroidery
Technical sample project – to extend your construction skills when making products
Printed Textiles – for interior products such as cushions
Fashion accessory project – using a theme of your choice

Year 10

Quilted wallhanging – covering quilting and patchwork skills
Fashion for children – you will learn how to use a pattern to create a piece of clothing
Mini coursework style task – to develop your understanding of the CAT and the skills you will need for complete it successfully

Year 11

CAT project. You will have a selection of briefs to choose from and can pick an area of interest
Externally set design brief will start you on your way to design, make and explain your creative ideas.

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Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Year 8 – Summer Term Cookery Club
Year 9 – Immersion day – Design day

 

Career Options

All courses can be furthered through to A ‘level and Degree. Below are some careers that these courses could lead on to.
Product Design – Product Designer, Automotive designer, Engineer, Architect, Industrial engineer, CAD developer, Furniture designer
Graphic Design – Graphic Designer, Artworker, Web Designer, Creative Director, Art Director, Photographer, Packaging Technologist, Illustrator
Food – Hospitality and Catering, Nutritionist, Dietician, Food Developer, Food Production Management, Food Journalism, Food Marketing, Food Hygiene Management, Environmental Health Officer
Textiles – Textiles/print designer, fashion designer, Interior designer, Costume designer

 

Contact the Head of Faculty

For further information, please contact Mrs Jarvis