Technology & Design

Staff​

Head of Department

Mr Connor McBarron

Subject Teacher

Mrs Lucy Donnelly

Technology Technician

Mr Adrian McGee

Subject Information

Technology and Design provides opportunities to undertake design and technological problems that meet human needs within a range of contexts, such as, home, school, recreation, community, business and industry. It is concerned primarily with the design and manufacture of quality products. Pupils also have opportunities to engage in various STEM initiatives such as the Arkwright Scholarships Trust (Year 12) and the SENTINUS Young Innovators Competition etc.

The department offers pupils a choice of syllabi to study at G.C.S.E. 

 

Course Description

 

Technology and Design provides opportunities to undertake design and technological problems that meet human needs within a range of contexts, such as, home, school, recreation, community, business and industry. It is concerned primarily with the design and manufacture of quality products.

Through studying this specification, students have opportunities to:

  • analyse existing products;

  • develop practical solutions to consumer needs, wants and opportunities;

  • design and make quality products and/or systems;

  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies;

  • understand that products have an impact on lifestyle;

  • develop their creativity and critical analysis skills;

  • make links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design;

Assessment

The Technology and Design syllabus enables candidates to study designing, communicating, manufacturing and the use of energy and control. This is a modular course that has assessments in Year 11 and Year 12.

Students are assessed on Units 1, 2, 4, 5.

Unit 1 is Technology and design theory. Examination lasts 1 hour and is held at the end of Year 11. It is worth 20% of the course.

Unit 2 is Electronic systems and control and is examined through a 1 hour paper at the end of Year 12. It is worth 20%of the course.

Unit 4 is a Graphic design assignment which is internally marked and moderated by CEA at the end of Year 11. It is worth 20% of the course.

Unit 5 is the Design Project completed during Year 12. It is internally marked and moderated by CEA. It is worth 40% of the course.

GCSE

Course Description  

Engineering is used in everything we do in our lives. It combines the fields of science and maths to solve real world problems that improve the world around us. What really distinguishes an engineer is his ability to implement ideas in a cost effective and practical approach. This ability to take a thought, or abstract idea, and translate it into reality is what separates an engineer from other fields of science and mathematics.

Through studying this specification students:

  • gain core knowledge and understanding of the engineering industry;

  • begin to understand the contribution that engineering makes to society and the economy;

  • develop and use a range of transferable skills, including computer aided design (CAD) and technical skills, to design and make engineered products;

  • develop an awareness and understanding of environmental issues and sustainable development;

Assessment

There are two one-hour examinations for GCSE Engineering. Together they are worth 40 percent of the final award.

The exams test students on the content of Unit 3: Engineering Technology.

Paper 1 tests students on their knowledge of the use and impact of:

ICT;
automation;
components;
modern materials; and
control technology.

Paper 2 is based on pre-release materials. It tests students on their research into a product specified in these materials.

Controlled Assessment

Students must complete two controlled assessment units:

Unit 1: Engineering Design and Graphical Communication

Unit 2: Engineering Production.

 

The controlled assessment units are each worth 30 percent of the final award.

AS Level

- Examing Board: EDEXCEL

Subject Information

Technology and Design provides opportunities to undertake design and technological problems that meet human needs within a range of contexts, such as, home, school, recreation, community, business and industry. It is concerned primarily with the design and manufacture of quality products.

AS Unit 1:

Portfolio of Creative Skills

This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel. In the product investigation, the chosen product can be set by the teacher of the student. In the product design, the design brief(s)/need(s) can be set by the teacher or the student. In the product manufacture, the design brief(s)/need(s) should be set by the teacher to ensure that a range of materials, techniques and processes are used. The Maximum number of marks available for each discrete section is 30. One overall mark out of 90 is required. The student will produce one portfolio that contains evidence for all three distinct sections.

Photographic evidence of their modelling can be used as part of the evidence provided in the design section. As proof of the quality of their making skills (and the level of demand of their work), photographs of their work must be taken to show that the product(s) is complete, expertly made, well finished etc. The photographs must show clearly details of any advanced skills, technical content, levels of difficultly and complexity of construction, so students can achieve the marks they deserve.

Worth 60% of AS and 30% of A2

AS Unit 2:

Design and Technology in Practice

This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. The paper will be a question and answer booklet and all questions in the paper are compulsory. The paper will consist of short-answer and extended-writing type questions.

Worth 40% of AS and 20% of A2

A2 Unit 3:

Designing for the Future

 

This unit is assessed through a 2 hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. The paper will be a question and answer booklet and all questions in the paper are compulsory. The paper will consist of short answer and extended-writing type questions.

Worth 20% of A2

A2 Unit 4:

Commercial Design

This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel. Students are given the opportunity to design and make a product of their choice. The maximum number of marks available is 90. It is important that all stages of the manufacturing process are photographed in order to evidence that the product is complete, expertly made, well finished etc. Students must ensure that photographs show clearly, levels of difficulty and complexity of construction, so that they can achieve the marks they deserve. It is unlikely that a single photograph will be enough to communicate all of the information required, so it will be better to take a series of photographs over a period of time during making. This unit results in the development of an appropriate product supported by a design folder. The folder, which should include ICT generated images where appropriate, can only be submitted on A3 paper and is likely to be no more than 30 pages long.

Worth 30% of A2

SENTINUS Young Innovators ‘Craftsman’ Competition Winner 2015 – Christopher Lawn (Year 14) now goes forward to the National Young Innovators Competition next March in the NEC Birmingham.

Back L. to R.: Mr Mark Henry (Acting Principal), Mr Adrian Mc Gee (Technician) Front L. to R.: Christopher Lawn (Year 14), Mr Connor Mc Barron (Technology & Design HOD.)

Arkwright Scholarships Trust 2015 – Conor Chappell and Adam Iwanicki (Year 12) who recently qualified for the illustrious Arkwright Scholarship Trust.

Back L. to R.: Mr Connor Mc Barron (Technology & Design HOD.), Mr Mark Henry (Acting Principal) Front L. to R.: Adam Iwanicki and Conor Chappell (Year 12)

Careers

Technology and Design is useful for careers in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Teaching, Product Design, Agriculture, Marketing, Production Management, Product Design, Quantity Surveying, Construction. However it is the development of skills such as planning, fine motor skills and analytical and evaluative skills that are most sought after by employers and admissions tutors alike in areas as diverse as medicine and its related fields, engineering and in the world of business and finance.

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Address

St Michael's College

Enniskillen

Chanterhill Road

County Fermanagh

Northern Ireland

BT74 6DE