Key Stage 4
GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Design, Textile Products)
Design and Technology GCSE courses consist of two components. Controlled Assessment, which is an extended project worth 60% of the total mark and a written examination worth 40% of their total marks.
Year 10 is primarily a skills based course consisting of short focused practical tasks. In addition, pupils are taught specialist knowledge.
The aim is that by the end of Year 10 pupils will have a thorough understanding of the materials and components they will be using to design and make artifacts. This knowledge will form a substantial note base, which pupils can incorporate into their Year 11 GCSE coursework and revise from for the examination at the end of Year 11.
Year 11 focuses on producing an extended project that will be submitted to the examination board as coursework.
During the summer term Year 10 pupils will begin to plan and research their project. The aim is that during the summer holidays they will have the time to gather information from a variety of sources. Then, until Easter, pupils will use class time and homework time to complete their project that will consist of drawn design ideas, making and evaluating an artifact and considering the commercial viability of their design ideas.
The remainder of the year is spent revising for the external examination. The pupils are given a research sheet that will outline the context of the examination and provide guidance to focus pupils' revision.
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA)
The GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course consists of two components: non-exam assessment, which consists of two tasks, involving practical work, worth 50% of the total mark, and a written examination worth 50% of their total marks. Students are encouraged to utilise ICT within many aspects of their work.
Year 10 is primarily a skills based course consisting of short focused practical tasks. In addition, students are taught specialist knowledge. The aim is that by the end of Year 10 students will have a thorough understanding of the theory behind food preparation and nutrition. This knowledge will form a substantial note base, which students can incorporate into their GCSE non-examination assessment and revise from for the examination.
During the summer term Year 10 students will complete two practical assignments to prepare them for Task 1 Food Investigation and Task 2 Food preparation in Year 11. The design briefs for task 1 and 2 will be released by the exam board at set times during Year 11. The remainder of the year is spent revising for the external examination.