Design Technology

Key Stage 3 Design & Technology

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

Throughout KS3, NTC students will develop their knowledge and skills within a selection of D&T areas.  Each component will cover a range of learning aims that will be assessed through the completion of several assignments.  These will inspire the students and encourage them to understand and explore materials in our course components.

Students will experience all of the components at least once in the 3-year Key Stage to enable them to make an informed choice for Key Stage 4.

Equipment Required:

Pen

Pencil

Pencil Sharpener

300mm Ruler

Eraser

Coloured Pencils

Apron (not essential)

 

COURSE COMPONENTS

  • Resistant Materials – Working with hard and soft woods, manufactured boards, mild steel, aluminium and plastics (polymers).
  • Engineering – Working with metals on centre lathes and milling machines.
  • Technical Drawing/Graphics– Developing drawing skills and techniques to produce advanced working drawings and pictorial views of products.
  • Electronics– Exploring and designing circuits with a range of components to produce several different electronic products.
  • CAD /CAM– Exploring how computer aided design and manufacturing can make useful products.

 

ASSIGNMENTS 

Casting, Electronics, Mechanisms, Structures, Forge work, Carpentry, Lathe work.

ASSESSMENT

Students are assessed on the assignments they complete in each component and over the years will be assessed on each aspect of the Learning Aims.

Assessments will be used to track student progress, inform decisions about groups, potential KS4 courses and create individual targets which will raise student aspirations.

They will also be assessed on their ability to independently use tools and machinery properly, safely and with accuracy.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Students will be encouraged to join the D&T club

Clear links to Computing, ICT & Business Studies

GIFTED & TALENTED PROVISION

Students are encouraged to exceed targets across Key Stage 3 using a course designed with appropriate extension assignments to prepare all students for transition into Key Stage 4.

 

Key Stage 4 – BTEC TECH AWARD in Engineering

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The focus is on four areas of equal importance:

  • Development of key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly
  • Knowledge of key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design) and the interrelation of each in industry
  • Knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project
  • Knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief.

 

HOW IS THIS QUALIFICATION TAUGHT AND ASSESSED?

Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications (internally assessed)

Learning aims

A: To understand engineering sectors, their products and organisations, and how they interrelate.

In this section, through the investigation and analysis of a chosen engineered product (e.g. Theme Park Ride, Drone, Electric bicycle, Remote Controlled Car) you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the engineering industry, the interconnections within engineering sectors, and how these are integrated to enable organisations to find solutions to real-life problems.

B: Explore engineering skills through the design process.

In this section, you will develop and apply the knowledge and skills of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project such as problem solving, design, creativity, communication and collaboration. You will work to a given client brief to develop a range of design proposals for an existing engineered product e.g. a drill bit storage unit. You will produce a range of 2d and 3d drawings using a number of CAD packages, this will also involve 3D modelling and the possible manufacture of a model or prototype.

Component 2: Investigating an Engineering Project (internally assessed)

The manufacture of an engineered product involves design, the correct selection of materials, components and the making processes. This component will give you an understanding of the types and properties of metallic and polymeric materials, and proprietary components commonly used in engineered products. You will acquire an understanding of the selection of materials, proprietary components, making processes and disassembly of a given engineered product. You will then plan, reproduce, inspect and test a single component.

Learning aims

A Understand materials, components and processes for a given engineered product – this involves the detailed analysis of a bicycle brake caliper.

B Investigate a given engineered product using disassembly techniques – this involves the disassembly and re assembly of a bicycle multi-toolkit.

C Plan the manufacture of and safely reproduce/inspect/test a given engineered component. In this section, you will plan the manufacture of and the safe production of the spanner element from the bicycle multi-tool kit.

Component 3: Responding to an Engineering Brief Component 3 is externally set and assessed

This component requires learners to investigate and create solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief. Your response will include possible solutions that you will test against the brief. You will be given the opportunity to carry out tests, collect and analyse data, reflect on your findings, consider any issues, and suggest solutions.

  • Task set and marked by Pearson, completed under supervised conditions.
  • The set task has two parts and to be completed in two hours for Part 1 and one and a half hours for Part 2.
  • Both parts of the set task are to be completed during a one-week period timetabled by Pearson

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I ACHIEVE?

A BTEC Tech Award in Engineering (level 1 or 2)

WHERE WILL THIS QUALIFICATION TAKE ME?

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make a more informed choice for further learning either generally or in this sector.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across Key Stage 4 might consider progression to:

  • A Levels as preparation for entry into higher education in a range of subjects
  • Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Engineering.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across Key Stage 4 might consider progression to:

  • Study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3.
  • Study of engineering post-16 through the study of a technical certificate.

 

 Key Stage 5 – BTEC Engineering

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

In this 2 year course you will follow a variety of units addressing both the fundamentals of working in an engineering workplace and taster units covering the many disciplines of Engineering.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT AND UNITS

Units are assessed by a 2 hour written exam, a supervised 8 hour assignment design task which are both marked by the exam board and continuous assessments which are mainly assignment based.

UNITS:

  • Engineering Principles – Mainly mathematics and engineering theory, no practical.  Unit is assessed by a 2 hour written exam.
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team – Exploring how processes are undertaken by teams to create engineered products, no practical.  Unit is assessed by assignments.
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture- Exploring product design and manufacturing processes, no practical.  Unit is assessed by an 8 hour exam based design task.
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits – Exploring the operation of electronic devices and their uses in circuits through simulation and practical exercises to build and test physical analogue and digital circuits, very little practical work.  Unit is assessed by assignments.

WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I ACHIEVE?

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering – equivalent to 1 A levels.

Grades A-E (Distinction, Merit & Pass).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

BTEC Engineering Level 2 Pass (or higher)

DT qualification Grade C or higher

GCSE Mathematics Grade C or higher – an excellent understanding on how to use GSCE Mathematics is essential.

WHERE WILL THIS QUALIFICATION TAKE ME?

Engineering apprenticeships

University courses in Electrical, Mechanical or Structural Engineering

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Either see Mr Peake (peaket@ntc.kent.sch.uk) or Mr Summerfield (summerfieldr@ntc.kent.sch.uk) or email them for further details.

 

USEFUL LINKS

www.bbc.co.uk/Bitesize

www.technologystudent.com

www.mr_dt.com

www.tes.co.uk

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/about-us/qualification-brands/btec.html

 

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