Listed at one, two and three in ‘Top 10 Industries to Find a Job in 2017’ are;
- Design (Textiles, Products, Graphics, Industrial, Architectural, Interior, Furniture)
- Leisure & Tourism (Restaurateur, Project Managers, Events, Publicity)
- Catering (Dieticians, Managers, Food Scientists/Technologists)
Education comes from experiences, training, interaction and understanding. Education programmes often refer to ‘The Three Rs’ as Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.
This is erroneous. The original ‘Three Rs’ were always Reading, Reckoning and Wroughting, or:
- Reading and Writing (Literacy)
- Reckoning and Figuring (Numeracy)
- Wroughting and Wrighting (Designing/Making/Manufacturing)
Wroughting and Wrighting are old English terms referring to practical skills and the ability to make / fashion / create something, (‘Wright’ as in Wheel wright, Ship wright; ‘Wrought’ as in ‘worked’ or ‘shaped by artistry and care’).
We believe that these skills are vital in modern education – and essential for the economy as a whole.
Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. They also learn about becoming ‘market-savvy’ having to brand their products to suit their identified Target Markets.
Why study GCSE Design & Technology (Product Design)?
The design industry is booming. In fact, jobs in this sector were up a massive 43% last year. Research reveals that the most desired job titles across the country are: graphic designer, designer, photographer, interior designer, and product designer.
GCSE Design & Technology (Product Design) will prepare you to participate confidently and successfully in our creative technological world. The GCSE allows you to study a broad range of materials, techniques and equipment through the design process. You will gain specialist knowledge of designing and will develop knowledge gained at Key Stage 3 in Graphics, Electronics, Textiles, Resistant Materials and CAD/CAM. Design & Technology is a key STEM (Science, Technology & Maths) subject and is the practical application of Maths and Science in the marketplace. You will be at the forefront of the UK Government’s push for the development of the British economy through Design and Manufacturing.
The final mark for the GCSE consists of 2 elements:
- A Design and Make coursework task which gives you the opportunity to explore and demonstrate your own creativity whilst designing and making your chosen product. You complete a folder of approximately 25 pages showing the product’s development. Students will be given contexts to help them identify and solve real world problems.
- Final written exam – a mixture of multiple choice, short answer questions and some extended response questions, assessing technical knowledge, understanding of design principles, properties of materials and methods of manufacture.
Students will have the opportunity to specialise in Resistant Materials or Graphics within the course.
Non-exam Assessment (Coursework project) – 50%
Written exam – 50%
- You will develop skills which will be essential for many different career paths: analytical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, resilience, project management and communication skills.
- Design & Technology (Product Design) is an excellent course for students wishing to follow university courses requiring analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Design & Technology (Product Design) links particularly well with university courses in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Product & Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Advertising.
A-Levels in Design & Technology (Product Design)
- We offer progression onto our successful 2-year A Level course in Design & Technology (Product Design) in which students can specialise in Resistant Materials or Graphics.
Product Design is a listed subject for 138 prestigious university courses (www.search.ucas.com) and also provides access to Advanced Level Apprenticeships in Design in companies across the country.
Fashion & Textiles
Level 2 Technical award in Fashion & Textiles
(equivalent to 1 GCSE)
Why study Fashion and Textiles?
The Level 2 Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles is a complementary Technical Award and the vocational equivalent to a GCSE qualification. The new Technical Award gives students a hands-on, practical approach to learning. There is a greater focus on specialist skills and students can concentrate on the area they are really interested in.
Students who opt to study Fashion and Textiles are keen to design and make creative and unique pieces of textile work.
Fashion and Textiles is a very exciting subject that encourages students to demonstrate their practical skills and experience in a similar way to those developing fashion and textile products in the fashion industry. A working knowledge of commercial fashion, home furnishing textiles products and textiles materials will allow students to understand how textile products are made, as well as learning about careers in the fashion industry.
Students will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and modern technologies. The qualification enables students to:
- Develop a broad knowledge of materials and components.
- Make products that demonstrate creativity and flair.
- Develop decision making skills.
- Learn skills that include colouring fabrics, surface embellishment, fabric manipulation, joining fabrics, applying fastenings and components, decorative finishes, sleeve setting, collars, pockets, combining materials, using a pattern and team work.
Unit 1 – Skills demonstration
Students undertake a number of mini projects that will allow them to be assessed against 12 practical skills. This will be equal to 30% of the overall qualification.
Unit 2 – Extended making project
Students undertake an extended project based on the skills they have developed in Unit 1. They will produce a made outcome and small portfolio. This will be equal to 30% of the overall qualification.
Unit 3 – Fundamentals of fashion and textiles
Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the theory work covered during the course in a written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes. This will equal 40% of the overall qualification.
Section A – multiple choice questions
Section B – a mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
Food & Catering
Level 2 Technical Award in Food & Catering
(equivalent to 1 GCSE)
Why study Food & Catering?
Level 2 Certificates in Food and Catering are complementary Technical Awards and the vocational equivalent of GCSE qualifications. They are aimed at 14-16 year olds studying their Key Stage 4 curriculum who are interested in any aspect of food and cookery and in the context of cooking for health.
Students will develop the skills and knowledge to prepare high quality food within a commercial setting.
The qualifications have been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects and are appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences.
What will the learner study as part of this qualification?
Students will be expected to make a variety of food products, applying technical and practical expertise to make sure their work practices are safe and hygienic.
Students will complete a two year course comprising of five periods of study a fortnight.
How are we assessed?
Unit 1 – Skills demonstration (30%)
Students will produce a portfolio of products to demonstrate core skills outlined in the specification. These skills include general food preparation skills and cooking skills and methods.
Unit 2 – Extended making project (30%)
Showcase the skills developed in Unit 1.
Unit 3 – External assessment (40%)
Show knowledge and understanding of the theory that underpins food and catering.
How will it help me in the future?
The Food Industry is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. In fact, over 20% of the top 100 British Companies are in food manufacturing.
The food and drink industry is booming, with employment reaching the heights of 650,000 people and an annual turnover of £66 billion. The opportunities to work within the food industry really are endless. The food industry contains many multinational companies and opportunities for travel or work abroad exist for those who wish to spread their wings.
Some examples of careers in food are:
Dietician/Nutritionist, Food Sales and Promotion, Product Development, Consumer Technologist (Sensory Analysis and Product Tasting), Chef/Baker/Caterer, Food Journalist/Food Critic, Environmental Health Officer, Health & Safety Inspector, Food Service Management, Delicatessen/Restaurateur, Food Wholesaler, Production & Manufacturing, Quality Assurance/Standardisation, Purchaser (buys and sells food from around the world), Store Manager – Supermarket or Fast Food Chains, Packaging Technologist and Teacher (clearly the best career).