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Ks3 teaching - Product Design, Catering, and 3D Graphical Design.

In year seven, eight, and nine teaching is delivered through a twelve-week carrousel. The students move between three areas: Product Design, Catering, and 3D Graphical Design. The DT groups are a mix of students from different forms. Students receive two hours per week of DT in year seven and year eight, and one hour in year nine. The KS3 curriculum is being continually refined to keep up with national changes. Projects within KS3 are designed to be engaging, fun, and of high worth. Departmental KS3 extra curricular activities include the Lego club, and a cookery club. We have had recent success in a cookery ‘bake off’ competition sponsored by Tesco. The winning student has had her recipe for ‘green tea and cucumber cup cakes’ published as a taste card, which will be available in Tesco’s stores. A framed poster of this taste card is displayed prominently on the lower school site, the school website. Thanet Earth website reported on the event to celebrate success.

Ks4 teaching - Product Design AQA

What is the Course About?

Central to the course is the ‘design process’ – a system for finding the best solution to a problem. The 'design process', as taught in school, closely follows the format used in industry and requires skill in graphics and modelling. The 'making' element of the course expands on the skills and knowledge that the student has gained during years seven to nine. The use of machine processes is encouraged to engender safe and relevant experience of manufacturing, we are equipped with high quality PCs, Apple Macs, our 3D create education hub equipped with10 3D printers, two laser cutters and three 3D denford micro routers. See the facilities page fro more information on our facilities. (link below) http://www.ccgrammarschool.co.uk/198/facilities

We are always looking to expand the experiences of our student, and aim to visit important design exhibitions, universities and businesses. We also enter and win national design competitions. It is also possible for students to select/aim for a design based work experience in Year 10.

Career implications

Product Design is an excellent course for any student wishing to enter into a wide variety of areas, and was recently voted by teachers across the country as the “most valuable subject for learning skills”. Over the last few years we have had students go on to study for degrees in a wide variety of areas, such as Architecture, Product design, Industrial design, Automotive design, Engineering, Illustration, Computer Graphics, and many more. The disciplined ‘Problem Solving' nature of the subject lends itself to virtually every area of learning, and therefore can serve to complement any other subject.


Method of Study and Assessment

Unit 1

Controlled assessment portfolio and artifact – 40 hours approx. – 60% of GCSE

This is the compilation of graphical evidence of the design progress in the selected project, which was started at the beginning of Year 10. This generally takes the form of an A3 printed folio, but we are increasingly moving into the use of an ‘electronic folder’ which can be published onto the internet or burnt directly onto disc for viewing. This is then combined with the practical outcome (or artifact) to build a complete ‘design and make’ experience.

Unit 2

Written Paper – 2 hours – 40% of GCSE

This is a single paper encompassing every aspect of the course and is the focus for year 11. The focus is from the design process, design theory and material uses, and also includes the need for the student to show design ability in some of the major question sections.


Ks4 teaching - Catering AQA

What is the course about?

The course is very practical. Students will cook every week to build up their culinary skills in preparation for their practical assessments. Students will be taught how to prepare, cook and serve food to a high level, safely and hygienically. All written elements of the controlled assessments are based around their practical tasks. Additionally students will learn about the Hospitality and Catering industry as a whole including specific job roles. The course is demanding, motivated and organised. Students will enjoy this course and have great success.


Career implications

Students will learn a wide range of skills during the course. Subject specific practical skills developed in the kitchen environment, and Catering and Event Organising skills developed in the classroom environment can be a stepping-stone into a wide variety of jobs within the Hospitality and Catering industry. Jobs include Chefs, restaurant managers, restaurant staff, and events coordinators to mention just a few. Students learn other skills on the course. Organisation and time keeping as skills are useful for any career path and key for those wanting to set up their own businesses. It would be also suited for those who would like to learn to cook to a high level for pleasure.


Methods of Study and Assessment


Catering skills related to food preparation and service (60%) Students will be set two tasks which they will research, plan and deliver for their practical assessment.

Example Task 1 – (20%) e.g. Afternoon teas are very popular and are an excellent way for chefs to demonstrate their skills at producing baked products. Prepare, cook and serve four items, at least one of which must be savoury that could be offered as part of an afternoon tea menu.

Example Task 2 – (40%) The local hotel in your area is holding an international week. As the trainee chef you have been invited to take part and have been asked to prepare a two-course meal from a country of your choice.


Catering, food and the customer (40%) This is a single paper broken down into 2 parts, Part A is a design and make task, and Part B covers all aspects of the course, including nutrition, functions of ingredients, food safety and new technological developments in food.

FOOD HYGIENE - All students will be completing a food hygiene certificate as part of the course.

Sixth form teaching - Product Design AQA

What is the course about?

The AQA Product Design course we run in the sixth form has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

For whom is the course suitable?

The course suitable for students who whish to make the next step on from their design related GCSE. The scope of the qualification allows students who have studied: Product Design, Resistant Materials Technology, Graphic Products, Electronic Products, Textile Technology, Pneumatics Technology and Systems and Control Technology to progress onto an AS level / A level in Product Design.

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment

The course is broken down into exam and coursework based units. A large number of teaching methods are utilised to address the large and diverse course content. Exam based units are delivered in a focused practical task format, utilising workshop facilities for hands-on testing and materials analysis, and Apple Mac suit for classroom teaching.  The coursework unites are delivered as design tasks based around student work submission deadlines, both Workshop and Apple Mac suit are available to the students. A large part of the coursework is individual and encourages independent learning which helps students to develop further skills in decision making, creativity, and critical analysis through individual and collaborative working.

Method of Study and Assessment

AS Course

At AS level candidates develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety:

Unit 1 – (PROD1) Materials, Components and Application

At AS level candidates should develop an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials and components. Students will understand why these are used in specific applications with particular emphasis on the life-cycle of products including manufacture, use and disposal. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level - 2 hour written paper

Unit 2 – (PROD2) Learning Through Designing and Making.

This is a design-and-make unit where knowledge of the AS subject content is applied to the design and making of the candidates’ own projects. At AS Level students submit design and make projects in a portfolio of evidence. This allows the student to complete a number of design and make tasks using different skills, processes and materials. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level - Written design portfolio, Manufactured outcomes

A2 Course

At A2, the specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture:

Unit 3 – (PROD3) Design and Manufacture.

This unit expands and on the knowledge and understanding of materials and components, gained at AS level. The unit looks at Design and Market Influences and Processes and Manufacture e.g. the evolution, selection and application of materials for the manufacture of modern products. How the use and conservation of both energy and raw materials affect the selection and application of materials for the production and function of products today. Finally the application of materials and components to suit specific production processes, from one-off to mass-production. 25% of A Level - 2 hour written paper

Unit 4 – (PROD4) Design and Making Practice

This is a design-and-make unit where knowledge of the AS and A2 subject content is applied to the design and manufacture of solutions that the student has identified for themselves. This will be in the form of a design and make project with a manufactured outcome. The student should be ‘showcasing’ all of the skills and the knowledge that they have built up during the course. 25% of A Level - Written design portfolio, Manufactured outcome.

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

Design Technology is recognised by many Universities as being one of the most useful subjects available, due to the analytical and creative thinking elements that it focuses upon. The course enables students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, that also gives an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. The course has been a ‘springboard’ into a wide variety of courses and careers. In the last few years our students have gone on to study: Industrial Design, Product Design, Engineering, Industrial Design and Engineering, Civil engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive design, and Computer illustration in some of the best universities in the country as well as apprenticeships and direct employment using Computer Aided Design.