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‘Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.’ – Mary Lou Cook

 Introduction

“As a pupil of both GCSE Graphic Products and GCSE Art & Design, it is fair to say that I thrive on the creative nature of the subjects. I feel proud that the outcomes I produce are from concepts that I have developed; I can think for myself and express myself through whatever I create. I relish the opportunity to explore and experiment with a wide range of media and processes – making informed decisions about what to take forward. I like the fact that my mistakes actually help me produce better outcomes; something that doesn’t turn out quite right actually gets me marks and allows me to refine my work further. I really enjoy working within the Business and Technologies faculty and have become more confident in making my own choices and expressing myself in visual ways as well as verbally. I love that I can produce tactile outcomes that people can admire and appreciate.” –  Myah Gillett

KS3 Art and Design

What will I study?

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. The Key Stage 3 Art and Design curriculum at Shuttleworth College aims to engage, inspire and challenge; equipping you with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create your own works of art, craft and design with confidence and increasing independence.

You will be taught how to:

  • use a range of techniques to record observations in a sketchbooks, journal and other media as a basis for exploring ideas
  • use a range of two and three dimensional techniques and media including printmaking and ceramics.
  • analyse and evaluate your own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact and refine application
  • draw knowledge and inspiration from a range of art, craft and design genres, including periods, styles and major movements from different eras and cultures.

In Year 7, you will complete three learning programmes: ‘Elements of Art’, ‘An Abstract State of Mind’ and ‘Cultural Pattern’. In Year 8 you will complete two learning programmes: ‘Identity’ and ‘Weird and Strange’.

 How will I be assessed?

Your research, design work and personal response will be formally assessed at the end of each learning programme in relation to Art & Design banded criteria. Ongoing assessment will take the form of ‘Personal Progress Plans’. Completed by staff at regular intervals, these will reflect your attainment in relation to fundamental skills in terms of ‘foundation’, ‘developing’, ‘secure’ and ‘mastered’. Personal Progress Plans will allow staff to set meaningful and relevant lesson, homework and extension tasks for you on reflection of areas requiring further development.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students that are successful within Art and Design always demonstrate commitment to the subject, particularly in terms of developing skills outside of lessons. Spend adequate time on the independent learning tasks you are set and try to sketch, draw and design whenever you can. You could even keep a visual diary – a sketchbook of collaged items, doodles and drawings that relate to your life, the things you do and the way you feel.

Try to visit art galleries, museums and local art exhibitions to widen your experience of artistic styles, themes and formats. Many galleries, museums, colleges and even craft shops offer workshops that you may like to get involved in. You could also independently research ideas that could further inform your class work and help develop individuality in your personal responses. The internet and ‘Pinterest’ in particular is excellent for this purpose.

The ability to analyse artwork and annotate your own work in written form is now an assessed element of the Key Stage 4 curriculum. Read about artists and their work as much as you can in your spare time to help you develop a wide and varied vocabulary. You could even use a thesaurus to help improve the level of vocabulary and quality of content in the literacy based tasks that you are set.

 

Useful links

KS3 Art & Design @ BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6f3cdm

Explore art lessons on Pinterest:   https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/art-lessons/

 KS3 Computing

What will I study?

Computing at KS3 equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate and able to express themselves and develop their ideas through their use of information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Students within KS3 will complete the following units:

 Year 7:

  1. E-safety telling through the creation of a comic strip
  2. Microbit programming using blocks
  3. Understanding computers
  4. Database computing theory
  5. Project using sound and video

Year 8:

  1. Website design
  2. Microbit programming using blocks
  3. Microbit text based programming
  4. Digital graphics
  5. Hardware and software

How will I be assessed?

The students will have a mid-term assessment for each project where they will then have time to work on any improvements required. At the end of each project, they will have an exam which will be formally assessed. The students will also have a summer exam that is formally assessed.

How can I stretch my learning?

  • Using and practising a wide range of industry standard software (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Serif Movie Plus).
  • Attend lunchtime clubs to gain knowledge of using Raspberry Pi’s and Python programming

 

Useful links

Using the microbithttps://www.microbit.co.uk/

E-safetyhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/ict/history_impact_ict/esafety/activity/

E-Safetyhttps://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

E-Safetyhttp://www.kidsmart.org.uk/  

 KS3 Design and Technology

What will I study?

The Design and Technology Department at Shuttleworth College delivers an innovative and creative curriculum that will provide you with experiences across a range of subjects encompassing product and graphic design, electronics, food and nutrition and textiles.

Our aim is to inspire the designers of the future in a world of ever advancing technologies with computer aided design and manufacture an integral element of the course of study. Through a range of creative and practical activities you will be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding to engage in an iterative design process – meaning your continued research, increasing knowledge of materials and processes, explorations and analysis, will enable you to constantly modify and improve the quality and effectiveness of your product outcomes.

Within Food and Nutrition in particular, you will be taught how to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating, becoming competent in a range of techniques and confident in the production, adaption and evaluation of a range of predominantly savoury dishes.  You will be expected to work safely and collaboratively across all areas within the faculty.

Four learning programmes are delivered in Design and Technology across Key Stage 3:

Year 7:

  1. Textiles Technology : ‘Mini Monsters’
  2. Materials Technology: ‘Wacky Races’

Year 8:

  1. Food and Nutrition
  2. Product Design: ‘Mood Lighting’

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and ability to design, make and evaluate will be formally assessed at the end of each learning programme in relation to Design and Technology banded criteria, and ongoing assessment will take the form of ‘Personal Progress Plans’. Completed by staff at regular intervals, these will reflect your attainment in relation to fundamental skills in terms of ‘foundation’, ‘developing’, ‘secure’ and ‘mastered’.  Personal Progress Plans will allow staff to set meaningful and relevant lesson, homework and extension tasks for you on reflection of areas requiring further development.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students that are successful within the areas of Product Design, Electronics and Textiles Technology demonstrate an inquisitive nature, ability to problem solve and capacity to design and make for different purposes. Wherever you can, you should engage with activities that focus on the adaptation of products or construction of outcomes using a range of materials and processes. This could include adapting recipes, modifying clothing, creating accessories, assembling products and exploring movement through the use of elements such as levers, electronics and paper engineering.

STEM based activities develop both your capacity to problem solve and construct outcomes. You could join our ‘STEMterprise’ Club or simply test and extend your creativity, knowledge and practical abilities through accessing the wealth of activities you can find on the internet.

 

Useful links

STEM based activities to explore at home: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=stem&rs=typed&0=stem%7Ctyped

http://stem-works.com/

Technology and electronics based activities to explore at home:

http://www.instructables.com/

Ideas for recycled projects and crafts: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=project%20recycled&rs=typed&0=project%7Ctyped&1=recycled%7Ctyped

https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=recycled%20crafts&rs=typed&0=recycled%7Ctyped&1=crafts%7Ctyped

Free software downloads to help develop computer aided design skills:

https://www.tinkercad.com/

http://www.sketchup.com/

Art – GCSE Art & Design (legacy specification: examination 2017)

Art – GCSE Art, Craft and Design (for examination 2018 and beyond)

What will I study?

This GCSE course allows you the opportunity to develop artwork across a broad range of artistic disciplines, which may include fine art, graphic communication, textile design and three-dimensional design.

In Year 9 the focus lies upon the development of your skills in order to ensure a high standard of control over a variety of artistic media. You will learn how to develop initial ideas through investigations and contextual studies and will acquire a sound understanding of the processes that must be followed in order to ensure fluid development of ideas from concept to a final personal response.

The new specification (for examination in 2018) prioritises drawing and written annotation as part of its content, and these elements must be mastered by you in order to secure the highest grade bands.

From the beginning of Year 10 the focus lies on the production of work that will be submitted as part of the ‘Portfolio of Work’- 60% of the final grade. You are expected to work with independence as you develop creative and original responses to broad project themes ensuring that all assessment criteria are met to the highest standard possible.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Portfolio of work worth 60% of final grade

You must submit, as a minimum, one sustained project PLUS a selection of further work. You must carefully select the work for submission from that completed in Year 10 and early Year 11, ensuring evidence of all assessment objectives.

Drawing and annotation must be evident in all portfolios for examination in 2018 and beyond.

Component 2: Non-exam assessment (externally set assignment) worth 40% of final grade

In January of Year 11, students will select an area of study from a range of starting points and begin work on a final sustained project. Following a period of preparatory time (approx. 10 weeks), they will be required to create a final unaided outcome during a 10 hour period of supervised time under exam conditions.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students that achieve the highest grades at GCSE levels demonstrate continued dedication to the subject, develop unique and substantiated ideas and produce an extensive body of high quality work. It is vital that you allocate time each week to progress your studies in your own time. Continue with tasks begun in class and conduct further research to help you develop ideas. ‘Pinterest’ is an excellent website that you can access for inspiration in terms of sketchbook layout, techniques and outcomes. You could sign up to the ‘studentartguide’ on Facebook too!

Try to visit art galleries, museums, local art exhibitions and university degree shows to widen your experience of artistic styles, themes and formats. Many galleries, museums, colleges and even craft shops offer workshops that you may like to get involved in.

The ability to analyse artwork and annotate your own work in written form is an assessed element of the Key Stage 4 curriculum for students whowill be submitting work in 2018. Read about artists and their work as much as you can in your spare time to help you develop a wide and varied vocabulary. You could even use a thesaurus to help improve the level of vocabulary and quality of content in the literacy based tasks that you are set.

 

Useful links

https://uk.pinterest.com

http://www.studentartguide.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/practicalities/annotatingevalyourwork1.shtml

http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/category/art-design/

A* GCSE Sketchbooks:                

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q_NU6qRI6A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61DZqjNP_AM

A* A-Level Sketchbooks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ5kojvyv8s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKkmIl_ydxE

 

Degree Shows:

http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/

http://www.arts.ac.uk/chelsea/

http://www.free-range.org.uk/

http://www.rca.ac.uk/

 Art – GCSE Art & Design: Textile Design (for first examination in 2018)

What will I study?

This GCSE course allows you to explore textile processes and design and create decorative outcomes that might have a functional or non-functional purpose. You will develop knowledge, understanding and skills associated with practical techniques, and use critical and contextual studies to inform and inspire your ideas. Through a creative programme of study you will gain experience of areas such as printed and dyed textiles, constructed textiles, stitched and embellished textiles, surface pattern, fashion design and illustration, costume design and installed textiles.

In Year 9 the focus lies upon the development of your skills in order to ensure a high standard of control over a range of textile processes. You will learn how to develop initial ideas through investigations and contextual studies and will acquire a sound understanding of the processes that must be followed in order to ensure fluid development of ideas from concept to a final personal response.

The new specification (for examination in 2018) prioritises drawing and written annotation as part of its content, and these elements must be mastered by you in order to secure the highest grade bands.

From the beginning of Year 10 the focus lies on the production of work that will be submitted as part of the ‘Portfolio of Work’- 60% of the final grade. You are expected to work with independence as you develop creative and original responses to broad project themes ensuring that all assessment criteria are met to the highest standard possible.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Portfolio of work worth 60% of final grade

You must submit, as a minimum, one sustained project PLUS a selection of further work. You must carefully select the work for submission from that completed in Year 10 and early Year 11, ensuring evidence of all assessment objectives.

Drawing and annotation must be evident in all portfolios for examination in 2018 and beyond.

Component 2: Non-exam assessment (externally set assignment) worth 40% of final grade

In January of Year 11, students will select an area of study from a range of starting points and begin work on a final sustained project. Following a period of preparatory time (approx. 10 weeks), they will be required to create a final unaided outcome during a 10 hour period of supervised time under exam conditions.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students that achieve the highest grades at GCSE levels demonstrate continued dedication to the subject, develop unique and substantiated ideas and produce an extensive body of high quality work. It is vital that you allocate time each week to progress your studies in your own time. Continue with tasks begun in class and conduct further research to help you develop ideas. ‘Pinterest’ is an excellent website that you can access for inspiration in terms of sketchbook layout, techniques and outcomes. You could sign up to the ‘studentartguide’ on Facebook too!

An excellent tip for textiles is to collect things. Start making up a box of images from magazines, scraps of materials (especially things like lace) and embellishments. Keep bits of old jewellery that you could take apart, old clothes made from patterned fabrics, denim and so on. Even things like the netting bags you get oranges in can come in useful!

Try to visit art galleries, museums and local art exhibitions to widen your experience of artistic styles, themes and formats. Many galleries, museums, colleges and even craft shops offer workshops that you may like to get involved in.

The ability to analyse artwork and annotate your own work in written form is an assessed element of the Key Stage 4 curriculum for students who will be submitting work in 2018. Read about artists and their work as much as you can in your spare time to help you develop a wide and varied vocabulary. You could even use a thesaurus to help improve the level of vocabulary and quality of content in the literacy based tasks that you are set.

 

Useful links

All things textiles: 

https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=textiles&rs=typed&0=textiles%7Ctyped&remove_refine=textile%7Ctyped

http://www.graduatefashionweek.com/home

http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/category/fashion/

Textile Design sketchbooks: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=textile%20design%20sketchbooks&rs=typed&0=textile%7Ctyped&1=design%7Ctyped&2=sketchbooks%7Ctyped

http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/fashion-design-sketchbooks

 Business Studies – Cambridge Nationals Business Studies (BTEC)

What will I study?

The Cambridge Nationals in Business and Enterprise will offer opportunities to develop business skills demanded by employers in the UK today. It will enhance the learner’s readiness for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.

 R061 – Introduction to Business

  • Understand business ownership
  • Understand business objectives
  • Understand key functional areas of business
  • Understand how external factors impact on business

R062 – Planning for work

  • Assessing the requirements of job roles
  • Taking part in the recruitment process as an applicant
  • Planning for a career

 R063 – Setting up and running an enterprise

Students will plan, run and evaluate their own business within school.

How will I be assessed?

R061 – Introduction to Business

Written paper that is OCR set and marked. The exam will last for 1 hour and is worth 60 UMS (25%).

R062 – Planning for work

Centre assessed coursework task that is set by the exam board. This task is worth 60 UMS (25%).

R063 – Setting up and running an enterprise

Centre assessed coursework task that is set by the exam board. This task is worth 120 UMS (50%).

How can I stretch my learning?

Acquiring a range of business skills is really important in order to be successful.   Researching the most important business skills and evaluating yourself will provide you with the steps to become successful.

 

Useful links

Exam boardhttp://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-business-level-1-2-award-business-and-enterprise-level-1-2-certificate-j804-j814/

Revision http://www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk/GcseBusiness/Activities/activitymenu.htm

 Computing – ECDL

What will I study?

The Level 2 ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) Certificate in IT Application Skills is the “industry-standard” ICT qualification from the British Computer Society, equipping students with the digital literacy skills they will need as they progress further in education and employment. It teaches students how to use a computer confidently and effectively, building a more productive, efficient learner and encouraging problem solving, creativity and communication.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification is assessed entirely online. Students need to complete four online exams for each of the following units:

  1. Presentation Software – create presentations that are fit for purpose, using Microsoft PowerPoint
  2. Spreadsheet Software – manipulate and work with spreadsheets, using Microsoft Excel
  3. Word Processing – utilise Microsoft Word fully to complete word processes administrative tasks
  4. Improving Productivity using IT – learn how to tackle problems and find solutions through the use of software

How can I stretch my learning?

Use and practise the skills within each of the software packages to help you create different documents.  The more you practise the better you will be!

 

Useful links

http://www.bcs.org/category/17636

 Computing – GCSE Computing

What will I study?

GCSE Computing allows students to develop an understanding of how current and emerging technologies work. It allows students to develop their skills in programming and gain a better understanding of current issues in the world of computing.

How will I be assessed?

At present students will be formally assessed on the following units:

  • A451 – Computer Systems: externally assessed (40%)
  • A452 – Practical Investigation: controlled assessment (30%)
  • A453 – Programming project: controlled assessment (30%)

Students who will be assessed from 2018 onwards will be assessed on the following units:

  • 01 – Computer Systems: externally assessed (40%)
  • 02 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming: externally assessed (40%)
  • 03 – Programming Project: controlled assessment (30%)

How can I stretch my learning?

Practise, practise, practise! The students that do well in Computing are the ones that keep practising the programming skills they have learnt within lesson and have the determination to keep experimenting.

 

Useful links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty

http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/

http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_computing.html

 Computing – GCSE ICT

What will I study?

Students will explore what it is to be a responsible digital citizen, and through independent coursework, and will build skills and experience of a wide range of professional software packages.  The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and application of developed skills to meet specified scenarios.  For many students, GCSE ICT will enable the refinement of creative abilities and support the development of independent thinking, as well as prepare them for the many ways in which they will use technology in their future beyond education.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World

This is a theory unit which is assessed through external examination and is worth 40% of the final grade.  The exam is sat at the end of the course, in Year 11.

Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools

This is completed as a controlled assessment, within lesson time.  It requires the use of a wide range of software and problem solving skills to create a series of digital products.  Skills in software can be developed outside of lesson time, but the actual assessed work must be completed within a controlled environment.  This unit is worth 60% of the final grade.

How can I stretch my learning?

Using and practising a wide range of industry standard software, such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Serif Movie Plus is the best way to quickly improve your skills and understanding of software application.

 

Useful links

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/ict-2010.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

 Computing – BTEC iMedia

What will I study?

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products. You will complete the following units:

  • Unit R081: Pre Production Skills

This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop your understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.

  • Unit R082: Creating Digital Graphics

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. You will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.

  • Unit R084: Storytelling with a comic strip

Comic strips are as popular today as they have ever been in their history. They have evolved from their origins in the early part of the 20th century from simple story strips to become whole genres of interest which span the world. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of comic strip creation. It will enable you to interpret a client brief, use planning and preparation techniques and to create your own comic strip using digital techniques.

  • Unit R085: Creating a multipage website

Multipage websites are the basis of internet content and are therefore used extensively in the creative digital media sector, whether for mobile phones or computers in all their forms. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. It will allow them to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques when developing a multipage website.

 

How will I be assessed?

Unit R081 Pre Production Skills:                Externally assessed via exams (25% of final qualification)

Unit R082, R084 and R085:                            Centre assessed tasks (25% of final qualification each)

How can I stretch my learning?

This course is for people who like to use ICT in a creative manner.  To stretch your learning you can investigate the different purpose, uses and audience for digital media across the UK. This could include the development of apps on phones and tablets, social media and its impact on the world, or the development of comic book narratives in popular culture.

You can enhance your creative skills when using software such as Photoshop, Fireworks and Dreamweaver by viewing tutorials videos on YouTube, these will develop your knowledge and understanding of the tools used to create digital products.

Useful links

OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia page – http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

Photoshop tutorial videos – https://www.youtube.com/user/NewWorldOps

Tips for web design – http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/tips-812580

 

Technology – GCSE Home Economics: Food & Nutrition (legacy specification: examination 2017)

What will I study?

This GCSE course focuses on developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills in the core areas associated with food and nutrition. You will learn about:

  • Nutrition, diet and health throughout life

·         Nutritional, physical, chemical and sensory properties of food storage, preparation and cooking

·         Techniques and skills in food storage, preparation and cooking

  • Factors affecting consumer choice
  • Food hygiene and safety

 

In Year 10 you will begin your controlled assessment tasks. This will continue into Year 11 and be followed by an intense period of revision in order to prepare you fully for the written paper.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Written paper – Food & Nutrition worth 40% of final grade

A 1 hour 30 minute exam paper sat at the end of Year 11. You are expected to demonstrate your subject knowledge and respond to a range of questions with well-structured written responses.

Unit 2: Controlled assessment worth 60% of final grade

This consists of two tasks, one completed in Year 10, the other completed at the start of Year 11. You will submit all work on A4 with photographic evidence of practical tasks.

  1. Individual Investigation (45%)

An investigation carried out in the classroom, based on a task selected from a range provided by AQA. The investigation will include written and practical elements and must provide evidence of research, analysis and interpretation of information. This should then be used in the formation of a practical solution.

 

  1. Research Task (15%)

A short research task, selected from a range of tasks provided by AQA, which is completed under supervision within the classroom.

 

How can I stretch my learning?

Students that are successful in Food and Nutrition demonstrate desire and commitment to expanding their practical abilities and knowledge of ingredients. Cook at home whenever you can. Set yourself challenges by designing meals based on limited ingredients or adapt existing recipes to create improved nutritional outcomes.

 

Become a food critic when eating out!  Analyse the presentation, taste and nutritional content of the meals that you eat and see.  Watch Masterchef, Jamie’s Fifteen Minute meals and other cooking based programmes for inspiration for your own practice and the elements within your controlled assessment tasks.

Useful links

http://foodafactoflife.org.uk/

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/foodtech/

 Technology – GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition (for first examination in 2018)

What will I study?

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure you develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. The qualification focuses on nurturing your practical cookery skills to give you a strong understanding of nutrition.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

 

In Year 9 you will initially follow a curriculum focused on the development of basic cookery skills and nutritional awareness. You will go on to complete projects in investigative and portfolio formats that will prepare you for the completion of non-exam assessment tasks. Theoretical content will be covered in the delivery of projects and will be a focus in early Year 10 before the non-exam assessments begin. Your theoretical understanding will be assessed in the form of written exams throughout the course.

 How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Written paper worth 50% of final grade

A 1 hour 45 minute exam paper sat at the end of Year 11. You are expected to demonstrate your subject knowledge and respond to two sections of questions, one multiple choice and one requiring written responses.

Unit 2: Non-exam assessment worth 50% of final grade

This consists of two tasks, one completed in Year 10, the other completed at the start of Year 11.

Task 1: Food Investigation

A 1500-2000 word report based on your understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. This task includes practical investigations.

Task 2: Food Preparation

You will prepare, cook and present a final menu in a period of no more than three hours. Planning and outcomes will be presented in a portfolio format.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students that are successful in Food Preparation and Nutrition demonstrate desire and commitment to expanding their practical abilities and knowledge of ingredients. Cook at home whenever you can and set yourself challenges by designing meals based on limited ingredients or adapt existing recipes to create improved nutritional outcomes.

 

Become a food critic when eating out!  Analyse the presentation, taste and nutritional content of the meals that you eat and see.  Watch Masterchef, Jamie’s Fifteen Minute meals and other cooking based programmes for inspiration for your own practice and the elements within your controlled assessment tasks.

Useful links

http://foodafactoflife.org.uk/

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/foodtech/

 Technology – GCSE Graphic Products (legacy specification: examinations in 2017 and 2018)

What will I study?

This course encourages you to become proficient in the design and making of creative and original products using a range of graphic and modelling materials. You will be taught how to develop and produce design concepts from a given brief, with focus on the disassembly and analysis of existing products, knowledge of contemporary designers, drawing techniques, computer aided design, materials, sustainability and manufacturing processes.

In Years 9 and 10 you will complete a range of design portfolio based tasks that encompass corporate identity, packaging design, paper engineering and functional household products. Theoretical content will be covered in the delivery of projects and assessed in the form of written exams throughout the course.

 Year 11 will consist of the completion of controlled assessment and the revision of theory in preparation for the final exam.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Written paper worth 40% of final grade

A 2 hour exam paper sat at the end of Year 11. You are expected to demonstrate your subject knowledge and respond to 2 sections of questions, one of which is based on the response to pre-release material.

Unit 2: Controlled assessment worth 60% of final grade

A 45 hour design and make activity, begun in the summer term of Year 10, that is selected from a range of tasks set by the AQA exam board. You will be required to submit a full design portfolio and final product.

How can I stretch my learning?

The students that are most successful within Graphic Products are those that are committed to designing and making innovative and high quality products that are substantiated by a thorough and well communicated design process.  Basically, the more time you dedicate to the subject out of school hours, the better your outcomes will be.

Aim to independently research the themes that you are studying in greater depth. Actively reinforce your learning by being inquisitive about the materials, construction and manufacturing methods used to make the products around you. Practice your drawing skills by recording products around you in isometric form, using one and two point perspective and third angle orthographic projection. Improve your ability to use computer aided design to visualise and develop your ideas by downloading ‘Tinkercad’ or ‘SketchUp’ at home.

Research product design, graphic product and packaging outcomes created by others and keep up to date with new innovations via magazines or websites such as those named below. Create links on your Facebook page or Twitter account too. A great source of inspiration can also be university degree shows.

Finally, your ability to express knowledge, analyse research, express your ideas and evaluate outcomes is key to your success in both your controlled assessment and final exam. Read articles to help extend your specialist vocabulary, go above and beyond with set literacy tasks always writing in as much depth as possible and use practice papers to help you refine your ability to secure success in the ’big mark’ questions.

 

Useful links

Free software downloads to help develop computer aided design skills:

https://www.tinkercad.com/

http://www.sketchup.com/

Inspiration:

http://www.designweek.co.uk

http://www.newdesignmagazine.co.uk/

http://www.core77.com/

https://uk.pinterest.com (Search for product design/graphic products/packaging etc)

http://www.packagingnews.co.uk/design

http://www.packagedesignmag.com/

Revision:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/graphics/

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Revision:Gcse_graphic_products_aqa

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-graphic-products-4550/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

 Technology – GCSE Resistant Materials (legacy specification: examinations in 2017 and 2018)

What will I study?

This course has been designed to enable you to become proficient in designing and making products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques including computer aided design and manufacture. You will develop a sound awareness of the processes associated with researching in relation to a given brief, analysing existing products and designing and making for a specific purpose. You will develop a working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials that will support the creation of your designs.

 

In Years 9 and 10 you will complete a range of design based portfolio style tasks that will encompass fundamental aspects of the curriculum including construction methods, industrial machinery and processes, prototyping and sustainability. Theoretical content will be covered in the delivery of projects and assessed in the form of written exams throughout the course.

Year 11 will consist of the completion of controlled assessment and the revision of theory in preparation for the final exam.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Written paper worth 40% of final grade

A 2 hour exam paper sat at the end of Year 11. You are expected to demonstrate your subject knowledge and respond to 2 sections of questions, one of which is based on the response to pre-release material.

Unit 2: Controlled assessment worth 60% of final grade

A 45 hour design and make activity, begun in the Summer Term of Year 10, selected from a range of tasks set by the AQA exam board. You will be required to submit a full design portfolio and final product.

How can I stretch my learning?

The students that are most successful within Resistant Materials are those that are committed to designing and making original and high quality products that combine a range of materials and processes, substantiated by a thorough and well communicated design portfolio.  The more time you dedicate to the subject out of school hours, the better your outcomes will be.

Aim to independently research the themes you are studying in greater depth. Actively reinforce your learning by being inquisitive about the materials and construction methods used to make the products around you. Practice your drawing skills by recording products around you in isometric form, using one and two point perspective and third angle orthographic projection. Improve your ability to use computer aided design to visualise and develop your ideas by downloading ‘Tinkercad’ or ‘SketchUp’ at home.

Research product design and resistant materials outcomes created by others and keep up to date with new innovations via magazines or websites such as those named below. Create links on your Facebook page or Twitter account too. A great source of inspiration can also be university degree shows.

Finally, your ability to demonstrate knowledge, analyse research, express your ideas and evaluate outcomes is key to your success in both your controlled assessment and final exam. Read articles to help extend your specialist vocabulary, go above and beyond with set literacy tasks always writing in as much depth as possible and use practice papers to help you refine your ability to secure success in the ’big mark’ questions.

 

Useful links

Free software downloads to help develop computer aided design skills:

https://www.tinkercad.com/

http://www.sketchup.com/

Revision:

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/resistantmaterials/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDF5_1KjWzE  (Revision videos)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

 Inspiration:

http://www.designweek.co.uk

http://www.newdesignmagazine.co.uk/

http://www.core77.com/

http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/degreeshows/environmentandtechnology.aspx

https://uk.pinterest.com (Search for resistant materials or product design)

 Technology – GCSE Textiles Technology (legacy specification: examination 2018)

What will I study?

This course has been developed to enable you to demonstrate your creativity in the making of functional textile products.  It will allow you to develop fundamental practical skills associated with decorative textile processes and construction whilst gaining and applying knowledge of fibres and fabrics, finishing processes, components, design & market influences and sustainability.

In Years 9 and 10 you will complete a portfolio style project that underpins the key criteria of product analysis, design development, production planning and manufacture. Theoretical content will be covered in the delivery of projects and assessed in the form of written exams throughout the course.

Year 11 will consist of the completion of controlled assessment and the revision of theory in preparation for the final exam.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Written paper worth 40% of final grade

A 2 hour exam paper sat at the end of Year 11. You are expected to demonstrate your subject knowledge and respond to 2 sections of questions, one of which is based on the response to pre-release material.

Unit 2: Controlled assessment worth 60% of final grade

A 45 hour design and make activity, begun in the summer term of Year 10, that is selected from a range of tasks set by the AQA exam board. You will be required to submit a full design portfolio and final product.

How can I stretch my learning?

The students that are most successful within Textiles Technology are those that are committed to refining their skills in designing and making original and high quality products, substantiated by a thorough and well communicated design portfolio.  The more time you dedicate to the subject out of school hours, the better your outcomes will be.

Aim to independently practice the skills you learn as much as possible. Make your own patterns for textile items and create small or even large scale textile products at home. Research the themes you are studying in greater depth. Actively reinforce your learning by being inquisitive about the materials, decorative processes and construction methods used to make the items around you. Work out how items of clothing have been made or adapt existing products using embellishment or manipulation techniques. Practice your designing skills by sketching products and practising fashion illustration.

Research textile and fashion design outcomes created by others and keep up to date with new innovations via magazines or websites such as those named below. Create links on your Facebook page or Twitter account too. A great source of inspiration can also be university degree shows.

Finally, your ability to express knowledge, analyse research, express your ideas and evaluate outcomes is key to your success in both your controlled assessment and final exam. Read articles to help extend your specialist vocabulary, go above and beyond with set literacy tasks always writing in as much depth as possible and use practice papers to help you refine your ability to secure success in the ’big mark’ questions.

 

Useful links

Inspiration:

https://uk.pinterest.com  – Search for (GCSE) Textiles Technology

http://www.graduatefashionweek.com/home

http://www.innovationintextiles.com/

http://www.illustrationweb.com/styles/fashion

 Revision:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/textiles/

https://textiles4u.wikispaces.com/

http://www.memrise.com/course/45122/textiles-technology-gcse-aqa/1/

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-textiles-technology-4570/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

 Key contact name, role & email

Ms C Walsh

Curriculum Leader – Business & Technologies

cwalsh@shuttleworth.lancs.sch.uk

01282 682300

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