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Technology and Design Department

Mr. D Patterson.

GCSE

Pupils will be entered for the GCSE in Technology and Design offered by CCEA.   The course consists of two written examinations, worth 20% each of the course, and two pieces of coursework, the Design Assignment being worth 20% and the Design Project making up the remaining 40% of the course.  Technology provides the opportunity to demonstrate creative ability through graphics (both computer and hand) and through coursework which helps to develop important skills including initiative, self-motivation, self-management and practical skills with an emphasis on producing quality outcomes.

Accommodation includes a large systems room with a high level ICT facilities and a Workshop and Planning room.  Technology and Design helps to develop knowledge and skills which are applicable for a wide range of careers.  Technology is a suitable subject for a range of courses at University including various fields:  Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil,) Art and Design and Product Design courses.

AS & A2 Technology and Design

The subject is organised into four teaching and learning units, with each unit carrying 25% of the overall GCE Grade. The content of these units is set out below

AS UNIT 1 – PRODUCT DESIGN AND SYSTEMS AND CONTROL
This unit is a study of product design including materials and their processing with an area of systems and control. Candidates must study Section A: Product Design and Practice and can choose between two specialist areas of Systems and Control in either Section B: Electronic and Microelectronic Control Systems or Section C: Mechanical and Pneumatic Control Systems.

Examination Paper (2 Hours)

AS UNIT 2 COURSEWORK – PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Unit 2 will be internally assessed and externally moderated
The emphasis in this unit is on the analysis and development of an existing product, with a view to re-designing either the product or an aspect of it. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure the choice of product allows sufficient scope for development and challenge at AS Level.

Students will produce a 3-dimensional model or prototype which represents the practical outcome of the product analysis and development.

A portfolio should accompany the practical component with written and graphical information produced on not more than 10 A3 sheets. Students can present the portfolio in electronic format.

This unit draws on the knowledge and skills covered in Unit 1 and should represent approximately 45 hours of work.

 A2 Unit 1 – Systems and Control

An in-depth study of Systems and Control in either Section A: Electronic and Microelectronic Control Systems or Section B: Mechanical and Pneumatic Control Systems.

Examination Paper (2 Hours)

A2 Unit 2 – Coursework: Product-System, Design and Manufacture
Unit 2 will be internally assessed and externally moderated
Candidates will be required to design and manufacture a technological product or system.

They must identify a problem or need and ensure it provides sufficient scope to meet the assessment criteria.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that the topic chosen allows sufficient scope and intellectual challenge appropriate to an A2 course.

A technological product must have an energy source to make it function and include a control system comprising input, process and output.

A portfolio should accompany the practical component with written and graphical information produced on not more than 20 A3 pages. Students can present the portfolio in an electronic format.
This unit draws on the knowledge and skills covered in all units but must reflect the chosen option in A2 Unit 1. It represents approximately 60 hours of work.

 

 

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