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Introduction

The Technology department at Heathfield is made up of five subject areas including; electronics, food, graphics, resistant materials and systems and control. The department is staffed with seven specialist teachers and two support technicians who work effectively together to harness talents and support student progress.

Teaching & Learning

The department uses a wide range of different teaching and learning techniques to challenge all students to allow them to further their knowledge. Out project based curriculum supports all abilities and encourages students to work effectively in teams and develop independence in their learning. We provide opportunities for students to produce practical outcomes using traditional skills along with the use of modern technologies through the use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

Facilities

The department is made up of 5 workshops, 2 food technology rooms and a computer suite. The rooms are equipped with the specialist equipment required to teach all elements of the subject. We are fortunate to have a laser cutter and a range of Computer Aided Design software to present work to a high standard.

Enrichment

Extra activities are offered outside the normal day and include competitions such as a ‘bake off’, visits and extra holiday and workshop time for examination classes. The department also offers small project based enrichment tasks for all year groups during the academic year.

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for Technology on pathways 2-8 –click here

Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
7 School based curriculum meeting current National Curriculum Programmes of Study including:
  • Opportunities to learn about materials and their properties
  • Experiences to manufacture products accurately using mathematics
  • An investigation into STEM and how products are designed scientifically
  • The use of electronic components to develop products
  • Experiences to develop creativity in the design and development of ideas.
  • Food Technology: focusing on developing good practical skills, nutrition and food science. Pupils will create a range of healthy, sweet and savoury products.
National Curriculum Head of Design & Technology
Mrs S Connelley – sconnelley@heathfieldcc.co.uk Subject Leader : Food

Mrs H Stubbs – hstubbs@heathfieldcc.co.uk

8 School based curriculum meeting current National Curriculum Programmes of Study including:
  • Opportunities to understand materials, processes and industrial manufacture
  • Experiences around the use of programming Integrated Circuits
  • Development of prototypes using sketching, CAD and modelling materials
  • Using contexts to experiment with materials to produce creative solutions
  • Food Technology: developing higher level cooking skills, nutrition and food science. Producing a range of predominately healthy savoury meals to develop life skills.
National Curriculum
9 GCSE Design and Technology to be examined in 2019 (Current Year 9 Course)

The course will deliver a range of knowledge and skills including:

  • The ability to research, analyse and design based on given and self written contexts
  • Developing a knowledge of a wide range of materials and their working properties
  • The ability to use different tools and equipment including the use of Computer Aided Manufacture
  • A developed knowledge of electronic components, structures and forces
  • The ability to apply mathematics effectively in the design process
  • A knowledge of the wider issues in Design and Technology including ethics and sustainability
  • An awareness of the industrial production of products including automation.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE

Level 2

Head of Design & Technology
Mrs S Connelley – sconnelley@heathfieldcc.co.uk
9 GCSE Design and Technology Options to be examined in 2017 and 2018 (Current Year 10 and 11 Course)

GCSE Electronics (AQA)

  • Electronic components
  • Process blocks: transistors, timers, amplifiers.
  • Programmable Integrated Circuits.
  • Case design and development.
  • Use of Computer Aided Design.
  • Wider issues associated with Electronic Products.

The course will teach a range of topics including the design and manufacture of: Light sensors, toothbrush timers, alarm circuits and counters.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA)

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

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.​

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE Graphics (AQA)

  • Drawing techniques and presentation methods.
  • Knowledge of materials and processes.
  • Design, development and modelling.
  • Use of Computer Aided Design
  • Wider issues associated with Graphic Products.

The course will teach a range of topics including the design and manufacture of: chocolate

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boxes, leaflet dispensers, business card holders and developmental design and modelling.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA)

  • Design, development and modelling.
  • Use of woods, plastics and manufactured boards.
  • Knowledge of cutting, shaping and joining materials.
  • Use of Computer Aided Design
  • Wider issues associated with Resistant Materials.

The course will teach a range of topics including the design and manufacture of: acrylic ice scrapers, pine boxes, bench designs and sustainable product development.

GCSE Levels 1 & 2 Head of Design & Technology
Mrs S Connelley – sconnelley@heathfieldcc.co.uk Subject Leader : Food

Mrs H Stubbs – hstubbs@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Subject Leader : Graphics

Mr P Carey – pcarey@heathfieldcc.co.uk

11 GCSE Electronics (AQA)
GCSE Food Technology (AQA)
GCSE Graphics (Edexcel)
GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA)
All courses complete an extended Controlled Assessment Task (CAT) worth 60% of the final exam grade. Students can choose from a range of given design tasks and will be expected to develop the following skills:
  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Design and Development
  • Practical skills associated to their specialism
  • Recording of making
  • Evaluation

The CAT will be completed for the given exam board deadline.

After this date students will spend time developing their knowledge of their specialism in preparation for the final examination. This will revise and develop the knowledge taught through Year 9 and Year 10.

The specifications for the GCSE Electronics course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the GCSE Food course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the GCSE Graphics course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the GCSE Resistant Materials course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE Levels 1 & 2  Head of Design & Technology
Mrs S Connelley – sconnelley@heathfieldcc.co.uk Subject Leader : Food

Mrs H Stubbs – hstubbs@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Subject Leader : Graphics

Mr P Carey – pcarey@heathfieldcc.co.uk 

Subject Leader : Resistant Materials
Mr M Rigg mrigg@heathfieldcc.co.uk

12 AS Graphic Products (Edexcel)

In AS Graphics students will be expected to complete an extended piece of coursework which will involve the design and manufacture of a board game which includes a variety of different parts. The coursework will examine students on their ability to:

  • Research, analyse and evaluate.
  • Design and develop concepts
  • Model in 2D and 3D
  • Use Computer Aided Design

The AS Examination will test students’ knowledge of:

  • Materials
  • Manufacturing process
  • Industrial methods of manufacture.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

AS Product Design (Resistant Materials) (OCR)

In AS Product Design students will be expected to complete an extended piece of coursework that which will involve the design and modelling of a chosen hand held product. The copursewsork will examine students on their ability to:

  • Research, analyse and evaluate.
  • Design and develop concepts.
  • Model in 2D and 3D and using CAD
  • Feedback on others designs considering briefs and specification.

The AS Innovation Challenge exam tests students creativity and innovation through two examinations. The first practical examination is six hours in length and test students ability to:

  • Produce a design brief and specification
  • Design and develop ideas creatively
  • Produce a model with limited resources and time
  • Record the process of design and development.

A follow up 1 hour examination will ask students to evaluate and analyse their product considering two of the following areas:

  • Sustainability and the environment
  • The Human Interface and inclusive design
  • Social, Moral and Cultural Issues
  • Aesthetics
  • Scale of production and production technologies
  • Fashion, marketing and commercial issues

The specifications for this course can be found here.

GCE AS Level
13 A2 Graphic Products (Edexcel)

In A2 Graphics students will complete an extended piece of coursework based around an architectural model. The coursework will examine students’ on their ability to:

  • Research, analyse and evaluate.
  • Effectively use clients in the design of products.
  • Produce high quality designs including the use of Computer Aided Manufacture.
  • Produce high quality models which represent their ideas.

The A2 examination will test students’ knowledge of:

  • Sustainable design and design for the future.
  • Wider issues of Graphic Products.
  • New technology.
  • Design in society.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

A2 Product Design (Resistant Materials) (OCR)

In A2 Product design students are required to produce a coursework portfolio and product that fully demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation. The coursework will examine students’ on their ability to:

  • Research, analyse and evaluate;
  • Develop their ideas through sketching, modelling, testing and computer aided design;
  • Make a high quality working prototype;
  • Market their ideas;
  • Evaluate their ideas.

The A2 examination will test students’ knowledge of:

  • materials, components and their uses;
  • manufacturing processes;
  • industrial and commercial practices;
  • environmental issues

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A2


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