Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, where independence is encouraged. Using creativity and imagination, pupils develop skills through collaborative working, problem solving and knowledge. Learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

Product Design (Pd)
Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE Design & Technology 8552

This course is designed to fully develop your design and creative capability through a variety of project based activities, which involve designing, construction and promotion of products.
If you enjoy making, modelling, drawing, testing, IT and learning about a range of innovative products then this is the course for you a really fun and dynamic subject.

During the start of Year 10 pupils will take a number of small practical tasks to develop their manufacturing skills before starting their first coursework unit. In the later part of Year 10 pupils will complete their first part of the coursework unit before undertaking a series of small practical tasks ready to start the second part of the coursework unit which will be completed in Year 11.
As part of your two assessment units you will be required to design one major make project and an innovative design task to a design brief.
We will be using ICT wherever it is appropriate to design, calculate, make and develop 3d drawings.

The GCSE is made up of two controlled assessment parts:
A practical exam (50%, Controlled assessment)
Written examination (50%)

Pupils will be expected to complete one piece of homework every two weeks to cover either the controlled assessment or projects currently working on.

For further information contact: Mr S Tidy

Textile Design (Tx)
Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE Art & Design; Textile Design 8204

This is an exciting course where you will experiment with a whole range of textile techniques, from traditional to modern to give you the skills to be able to produce your own body of work to respond to a particular subject, theme or task.

This course consists of two units. The first unit is to build a portfolio of work, which must include a project that shows the whole journey from research to the final response. You will work in a sketchbook to complete your initial research, look at the work of artists and designers to inspire you. You will then use this information to create your ideas and trial textile techniques to complete an end product. You will learn and experiment with different textile techniques from silk painting, batik, felting, free machine embroidery, hand embroidery, a variety of different heat textiles to name but a few. You will gain confidence in using these techniques in order to produce your personal response. It is an art and design based course so design ideas are communicated in a variety of ways including drawing and different media. Unit two is begun in January of Year 11 and is your response to your chosen externally set task.
The final product could be art textiles, fashion, printed and dyed, digital, soft furnishings.

Component 1: Portfolio. 60% of GCSE.
Component 2: Externally set assignment. The assignment begins January of Year 11, preparatory work is completed, and your personal response produced under 10 hours of supervised time.

Regular homework is a necessary part of this course. It could be developing ideas started in class, researching into artists and designers, finishing techniques.

For further information contact: Mrs S Smith

Hospitality and Catering (Hc)
Exam Board and Specification: WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Awards 5569QA

The course has been designed so that knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through tasks that have many of the characteristics of real work in the Hospitality and Catering sector. It is an exciting course if you have an interest in all aspects of Food.

Unit 1 – The Hospitality and Catering Industry.
This is taken ideally through a 90 minute on-line assessment.
The part of the course gives students an opportunity to learn about different hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what needs to be considered to be successful. Students learn about nutrition and food safety and how they affect the successful hospitality and catering operations. Students develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication.

Unit 2 – Hospitality and Catering in Action.
This is a controlled assessment. This means the task is completed under controlled conditions within 9 hours. The task is set by the exam board and its aim is for students to safely plan, prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes. Written work supports the practical work. It is important that students strive to make dishes that show high skill and are presented to a very high standard.

Please be prepared to regularly complete homework.

For the majority of practical lessons you will provide the ingredients. For workshops school will. You are asked to cook a wide range of products so an open mind and willingness to try ingredients is important.

You would choose this course because you really enjoy the whole aspect of food.

For further information contact: Mrs S Smith