Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Design Technology
Term 1Paper 1: Section A - Core Technical Principles    
Students will begin theory work linked to the exam worth 20 marks of the written paper. Section A is a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a range of technical knowledge and understanding. The topics include: - New and Emerging Technologies - Energy Generation and Storage - Developments in New Materials - Mechanical Devices - Materials and their Working Properties
Assessment: Section A will have an end of section assessment to assess knowledge retention and understanding. Key Words and Terms
Term 2Paper 1: Section B - Specialist Technical Principles    
Students will continue theory work, moving onto section B, worth 30 marks on the GCSE written paper. Section B focuses on Specialist Technical Principles and will be several short answer questions (2-5 marks) and one extended response to assess knowledge. The topics include: - Material and component selection - Forces and Stresses - Ecological and Social Footprint - Sources ad Origins - Using and working with Materials - Stock Forms, Types and Sizes - Scales of Production - Specialist Techniques and Processes - Surface Treatments and Finishes
Assessment: Section B will have an end of section assessment to assess knowledge retention and understanding. Key Words and Terms
Term 3Paper 1: Section C - Designing and Making Principles   
Students will be taught how to develop their prototypes and make them fit for their intended use. Making up 50 marks on the written paper, students will need to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making. The topics include: - Primary and Secondary Investigation - Environmental, Social and economic challenges - The work of others - Design Strategies - Communication of Design Ideas - Prototype Development - Selection of Materials and Components - Tolerances - Material Management - Specialist Tools and Equipment - Specialist Techniques and Processes
Assessment: This will make up 50% of the GCSE written paper. End of section assessments will be carried out to assess knowledge retention. Key Words and Terms
Term 4Practical in Practice    
Students will be given a design and make task to practice what they have learnt about Sections A, B and C. It will be their opportunity to practice how constructing a portfolio should happen.
Assessment: Students will be given a practical brief to follow. Assessment will be on how well the student is able to answer that brief, as well as the quality of the finished product produced. Key Words and Terms
Term 5Exam Techniques    
As the majority of the course will be working through the NEA, students will be learning how to best present their work and answers for maximum marks. Studetns will go through breaking down exam style questions on a Product Design paper, as well improving existing skills such as drawing and rendering techniques.
Assessment: In Term 5 students will be given exam style question on the topic covered previously in the year. This will assess how well they are able to answer the question using the correct materials, techniques and vocabulary. Key Words and Terms
Term 6AQA Non-Exam Assessment: Section A - Identifying and Investigating Design Possibilities AQA Non-Exam Assessment: Section B - Producing a Design Brief and Specification   
Identifying and Investigating Design Possibilities AQA Non-Exam Assessment - Identifying and Investigating Design Possibilities Students will be given their Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) contextual challenge which they will be focusing their portfolio on. This will make up a further 100 marks of the total GCSE Product Design grade. Combined with the AQA GCSE Written Exam Paper, a total of 200 marks will be available. AQA Non-Exam Assessment - Producing a Design Brief and Specification Based on the conclusions from the design work, students will produce a Design Brief and Specification which will need to be followed and reviewd throughout the NEA duration.
Assessment: Students will be expected to carry out investigative work through primary and secondary research methods to better identify design possibilities and investigate client needs and wants. As this is independent study, teacher input is regulated very strictly. Students have the option of submitting their investigation in at any time, but once this has happened, no more work can be carried out on it to get more marks. Alternatively as it is an iterative process, students can continue working on it throughout the year until final submission. It is marked out of 10. The Design Brief and Specification is assessed within the portflio and is marked out of 10. Key Words and Terms