Cardinal Heenan

Catholic High School

Technology
Technology

Technology Courses

Curriculum Leader: Mr M Richmond

Design and Technology GCSE

Course Level: GCSE Exam Board: AQA Course code: 8552

A GCSE course in Design and Technology offers students an experience of design, practical problem-solving and application of scientific principles. At Key Stage 4 there is a choice of two specialist study areas within the subject which enables students to complete a course appropriate to their aptitude and interest. All Design and Technology courses involve project work,
designing and making. The projects are mostly design with some element of making: students will have to manage their time well. The emphasis of this course is on quality design work, not making skills.

What the course covers
The GCSE in Design and Technology will enable students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. Students will use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes(together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It will also provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design and computing.

Students will acquire subject knowledge in design and technology that builds on Key Stage 3, incorporating knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes in order to design and make, with confidence, prototypes in response to issues, needs, problems and opportunities. Students will learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They will develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries.

Assessment
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course. Assessment is made up of a written examination (50%) and a non-examination assessment (50%).

Where the course can lead
Upon completion of this course, many students go on to study the Product Design A-Level at sixth form/college. They then have a number of university options such as Product Design, Graphic Design and Interior Design. Students who also excel in Maths and Physics can use D&T knowledge to bolster applications for Engineering and Architecture courses.

Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE

Course Level: GCSE Exam Board: AQA Course code: 8585

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety. It will inspire and motivate students, opening their eyes to a world of career opportunities and giving them the confidence to cook with ingredients from across the globe.

What the course covers
This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on cooking skills to ensure that students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' investigatory skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition and food preparation. The course is supplemented by a number of practical sessions that lead to the cooking of a 3 course meal for their non-examination assessment.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:
• Food, nutrition and health
• Food science
• Food safety
• Food choice
• Food provenance

Assessment
Assessment is made up of a written examination (50%) and a non-examination assessment (50%, broken into two assessments).

Where the course can lead
Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.

Constructing the Built Environment

Course Level: 1/2 Vocational Award Exam Board: WJEC Course code: 9810

The WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Constructing the Built Environment is designed to support learners to develop an awareness of construction processes. It mainly supports learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about the construction industry from the build perspective. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the different trades involved in the sector, the importance of safety and security, and the types of career opportunities available.

What the course covers
The course is made up of three units:
Unit 1: Safety and security in construction
Unit 2: Developing construction projects
Unit 3: Planning construction projects

Assessment
Unit 1: Externally assessed. 60 minute on-screen examination featuring short and extended response questions
Unit 2: Internally assessed. Contextualised controlled assessment which includes three practical skills
Unit 3: Externally assessed. 120 minute on-screen examination featuring extended contextualised tasks

Where the course can lead
This qualification is suitable as a foundation for further study and on completion, learners may wish to start an apprenticeship or continue in full time education.