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Design and Technology – Materials

Design and Technology: Materials

Subject Leader: Mrs J Everett
Email: everettj@lytchett.org.uk

What are the aims of the course?
Throughout Years 7 to 9 students will have produced a wide range of exciting projects in Design and Technology using graphics, food, and resistant materials.  If you particularly enjoyed the creative and practical side of the subject then you now have the opportunity to specialise in one of three subject areas at GCSE

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Graphics
  • Materials

In all three areas students will cover a wide range of activities.  Over the two years they will develop their creative designing and making skills. Students will also improve their technical knowledge and begin to learn about various industrial processes.  Students are rewarded for producing imaginative and high quality products. We hope they will develop interests that lead them to follow a wide variety of careers closely associated with these subjects.

How will the course be assessed?
All courses are split into two components:

Written paper 50%
Non Exam Assessment 50%

In Graphics and Materials, students are expected to work on one non-exam assessment project.

All 3 GCSEs have an enviable track record of high achievement when it comes to results.  Many students traditionally exceed their target grades in these subjects.

Progression into the Sixth Form
Many students have enjoyed their GCSE studies so much that they go onto study A level Product Design or Food Science and Nutrition, both of which are highly successful courses.

Jobs associated with a Resistant Materials qualification:

  • Product Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Engineer
  • Inventor

What will you study?
If you enjoy designing and making then this is the course for you! Materials involves:

  • designing and making high quality products from wood, metal and plastics
  • learning about the materials and processes used in school and industry
  • developing both practical, graphical and ICT skills through project work such as designing and making flat pack furniture and completing a range of small projects to improve your knowledge of materials, tools and processes
  • many tasks include the use of computer based technologies such as laser cutting.

What Year 11 students say about the course?
“I love Materials as it allows you to design and use your creativity to make things which you couldn’t do in a normal classroom.”

How might it be useful in the future?
Materials will give you an insight into related sectors, such as architecture and engineering. It will prepare you to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices. The use of new technologies and CAD/CAM skills allows you to develop as an effective and independent learner.  Materials involves developing study skills such as: research, investigation, design, problem solving and evaluation.