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Design and technology: product design

YEAR 7

Learning outcomes

During Year 7 students will learn about safe working practices in the workshop and will have the opportunity to learn how to use a range of hand tools and machinery. Students will learn how to complete design tasks and will be able to work from a design brief to communicate their ideas and make their products. They will learn basic drawing techniques as well as developing their manufacturing skills.

Topics taught

  • Colour theory
  • Shading/rendering
  • Thick and thin lines
  • Drawing techniques
  • Health and safety rules
  • Safe and accurate use of hand tools
  • Modelling
  • Interpreting a design brief and designing

YEAR 8

Learning outcomes

During Year 8 students will complete a range of projects to help them learn lots of different manufacturing techniques as well as being able to design and analyse products. They will be introduced to a wider range of hand tools and machinery and to develop their making skills as well as having the opportunity to develop their drawing techniques.

Topics taught

  • Typography
  • ACCESS FMM
  • Laser cutting
  • Safe and accurate use of hand tools
  • Safe and accurate use of scroll saw and disc sander
  • Safe and accurate use of pillar drill
  • Drawing techniques
  • Evaluating, testing and modification of products

YEAR 9

Learning outcomes

In Year 9 students will learn a broad range of skills to prepare them for their GCSE. They will research materials and their properties, new and developing technologies and mechanical devices. They will have the opportunity to work with more specialist tools, equipment and processes and will work with a range of materials. They will develop their making skills and consider the social, cultural and moral issues when designing and making products.

Topics taught

  • Drawing skills
  • Sustainability
  • Commercial manufacturing processes
  • Tools and equipment
  • ICT, CAD and CAM
  • Modelling
  • Materials
  • Safe and accurate use of a wide range of tools

YEAR 10

Learning outcomes

In Year 10 students will begin their coursework which is worth 50% of their final GCSE grade. Students will create a portfolio of evidence in which they have to identify and investigate design possibilities, produce their own design specification, generate their own design ideas and develop them. Students can choose which medium to work with and will have the opportunity to develop their making skills and accuracy when using tools. 

Topics taught

  • Design specification
  • Communication ideas
  • Design development
  • ICT, CAD and CAM
  • Modelling
  • Social, cultural and moral issues
  • Materials and their working properties
  • Safe and accurate use of tools and equipment

YEAR 11

Learning outcomes

In Year 11 students will complete their coursework to meet a design brief. They will work from their design ideas to make a prototype of their design then analyse, test and evaluate it. They will also revise for their exam and review core principles in technology, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles. 

Topics taught

  • Product analysis
  • Product testing
  • Evaluation
  • Improvements and modifications
  • Sustainability issues
  • Commercial manufacturing processes

YEAR 12

Learning outcomes In Year 12 students will learn a broad range of skills and knowledge to prepare them for their A level. They will complete a design and make a project to help them understand the requirements of the coursework project they will need to complete in Year 13 which will consider the practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. They will also learn about the characteristics of a range of materials and their applications as well as the use of technology in designing and modelling to prepare them for one of the two written exam papers that they will complete at the end of the course.
Topics taught
  • Classification of materials
  • Characteristics of materials
  • Enhancement of materials
  • Forming, redistribution and addition processes
  • The use of finishes
  • Safe working practices
  • Quality control and assurance
  • Modelling and prototyping

YEAR 13

Learning outcomes In Year 13 students will complete two written exam papers, covering technical principles and design and making principles, they will also complete a substantial design and make project which is worth 50% of their A level grade and will require them to produce a portfolio of evidence of their research, design development, making and evaluating of a prototype of a product of their choice.
Topics taught
  • Design methods and processes
  • Impact of technology and cultural changes
  • Product lifecycle
  • Critical analysis and evaluation
  • Selecting appropriate tools, materials and processes
  • Responsible design
  • Project management
  • National and international standards in design