Key Stage 4 Design Technology

Key Stage 4 GCSE Subjects

In Design and Technology, learners are given the opportunity to design and make quality products of their choice and for a particular need. Emphasis is placed on how industry operates and how real products are designed and made using ICT. These products are fit for a specific purpose, can be tested in use and appeal to a particular user or target audience. The KS4 Design and Technology curriculum at the Thomas Alleyne School has been carefully selected from a range of examining bodies to provide flexibility, enjoyment and the right level of challenge to match the needs of the individual. We believe that Design and Technology activities should be stimulating to the learners in order to foster enjoyment and satisfaction.

There are after school extra curricular opportunities after school throughout most of the Autumn and Spring terms for learners wishing to raise their performance above that of their target grades. Design and Technology staff are available to provide support as are those from Art and Design. Workshops are also available during the holiday times.

Resistant Materials

KS4 - Resistant Materials

What is the title of this course?

Resistant Materials

What level of qualification will I gain at the end of the course?

GCSE - single award

What are the main topics I will be taught?

Learners are taught about:

  • Resistant materials such as wood, plastic, & metal.
  • Components
  • Systems and control
  • Products and applications
  • Quality
  • Health & Safety
  • Planning
  • Workshop machinery and equipment

What type of learning activities will I undertake?

For the most part of Year 11 learners are required to undertake a one off major Design and Make project, the choice of which is entirely their own. This part is totally under their control and good standard project almost always lead to higher grades. Revision for examinations is also an important part of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Course Work: 60% Examination: 40%

What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?

Learners achieving a pass grade could use this qualification to progress onto A Level Design and Technology or into any one of a vast range of careers which come under the 'design' or 'engineering' umberellas.

Art and Design

KS4 - Art & Design

What is the title of this course?

Art & Design

What level of qualification will I gain at the end of the course?

GCSE - single award

What are the main topics I will be taught?

Learners are taught about:

Basic Elements

  • drawing
  • collage
  • painting
  • printing
  • modelling
  • textiles   
  • study of the History of Art

What type of learning activities will I undertake?

Learners are given the opportunity to discover where their talents and interests lie, and are encouraged to develop their artistic abilities and skills in drawing, painting and three dimension

What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?

The training in Fine Art is, by its nature, flexible. It is an essential foundation for any student wishing to take A Level Art and for those wishing to continue further education at Art School. Skills in the visual arts can lead to employment in many areas, eg Fine Art, Graphics, Film and Video Photography, Model Making, Interior Design, Fashion, Ceramics, Print Making, Book Illustration, Jewellery Design and Architecture.

 

 

Hospitality and Catering

KS4 - Hospitality and Catering

What is the title of this course?

Hospitality and Catering

What level of qualification will I gain at the end of the course?

Hospitality Single Award (One GCSE) or Hospitality Double Award (Two GCSEs)

What are the main topics I will be taught?

Learners are taught about:

  • Types of establishment, service, client groups and job descriptions in the Hospitality industry
  • Food preparation skills and food service
  • Food safety regulations
  • Food hygiene and safety: knowledge and practice
  • Nutrition and diet
  • Food Safety

What type of learning activities will I undertake?

Lessons will be theory and practical based to ensure learners acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding they need to succeed. Learners will then plan and run several catering events. Each event will be written up to meet given specification. The best two events will be selected and used for final assessment. Learners may be required to attend coursework catch up to get extra help with work and if they are falling behind. Trips to 2 hotel and catering establishments will be arranged for learners and guidelines provided for writing up these trips. Learners will have opportunities to participate in cooking competitions with students from other schools.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed internally and externally as follows:

  • For single award 40% for one written exam set and marked by the exam board and one internally assessed project worth 60%
  • For double award 40% (20/20) for two written exams set and marked by the exam board and two internally assessed projects worth 60% (30/30)

What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?

This qualification is aimed at those wishing to gain specific skills in Catering and can lead to further training or a job in the Catering and Hospitality sector these includes: Restaurants, hotels, holiday resorts, care homes, fast food outlets, super markets, bakeries and cafes.