Art & Design Technology

Art & Design

GCSE, AS & A Level

Art and Design is a broad based practical subject.

The Art and Design syllabus is intended to be flexible to allow pupils to express their individuality and creativity. Art and Design encompasses a wide range of areas of study including:

Textile and Costume Design, Graphic Design; Advertising; Packaging; Fine Art painting and sculpture; Three dimensional design; Illustration; Design for film and theatre; Millinery and Printmaking.

Pupils develop their own individual coursework projects from a common starting point deciding on an area of study they wish to follow. Pupils are encouraged to use and experiment with a variety of media, techniques and approaches.

The WJEC Art & Design GCSE, AS & A level courses are assessed as follows:

A Coursework Portfolio       60% The portfolio comprises of sketchbooks, mounted work and final outcomes.

Terminal examination unit   40% Externally set and timed tasks.

The Art & Design is almost entirely a practical course. The terminal examination is a practical examination spread over a number of days.

Coursework forms a major part of the Art & Design qualifications. It is essential that pupils keep to the reasonable and regularly set deadlines if they are to manage the course effectively.

Should you choose to pursue Art & Design as an option you can expect a challenging practical course that will provide you with opportunities to experience a variety of processes, techniques and media. The course is aimed at encouraging a real sense of achievement that comes from commitment and involvement in your work. We want to encourage pupils to demonstrate self-expression and imagination – this is not just limited to the talented few.

Design & Technology

This course is relevant to pupils who are interested in pursuing careers in areas such as design, architecture, engineering, construction etc. It provides students with the opportunity to gain skills in manufacturing processes and techniques and also to gain experience of working with a range of materials. Following this course pupils should have the basic skills required to follow their chosen career path or to continue on to Product Design at A Level and then on to Further/Higher Education.

The specification is based upon the view that design and technology is essentially a practical activity involving the combination of skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products. It is intended to develop candidates’ design and technological capability through a flexible and broad-based approach. The specification is planned to be sufficiently broad, balanced and relevant to interest all candidates.

As a fundamental part of their course, candidates will design and make products. They should carry out activities related to industrial practices and the application of systems and control within their designing and making of these products

Design Technology Resistant Materials involves the study of a number of areas relevant to the design and manufacture of products. Pupils will learn to analyse products in relation to the specification of the artefact, quality issues, use of materials, production methods etc. They will also learn about sustainability and legislative issues, commercial manufacturing practices, materials and components, tools and equipment, systems and processes and C.A.D. / C.A.M. In addition pupils will need to have an understanding of designers/practitioners such as Dyson and Lovegrove.

Throughout Year 10 pupils will work with a range of materials and processes to prepare them for their controlled assessment task (30 hours) during Year 11. Typical themes for this task could be:-

  • Designing toys/games for children, lighting or storage.

Pupils should be aware that the course involves a significant theory input.

Home Economics

Nowadays the food we purchase and consume is becoming increasingly diverse. Traditional home cooking is becoming a thing of the past for many homes across the UK. The effect of manufactured food products on health and well being is a hot topic in the news as the problem of obesity, diabetes and heart disease is on the increase.

Making educated choices with regard to cost and nutritional value is becoming more significant than ever before. This, along with celebrity chefs highlighting some of these factors, food has become fashionable again.

As a life skill this course has a big emphasis on practical cooking skills and is aimed at those students who wish to gain a wider understanding of the functions of ingredients in food in order to help them develop their own recipes using scientific principles. There are clear links with Science subjects.

The course focuses on four main areas of study:

  1. Nutrition, Diet and Health throughout Life.
  2. Factors affecting Consumer Choice
  3. Nutritional, Physical, Chemical and Sensory Properties of Food in Storage, Preparation and Cooking
  4. Food Hygiene and Safety

Method of Assessment

  • 40% untiered written examination paper.
  • 60% Controlled Task Assessment.

Task 1 (20%)

Selected from a choice of three set by WJEC, externally moderated (10 hours)

Task 2 (40%)

Selected from a choice of two set by WJEC, externally moderated (20 hours)

Both tasks require the students to write a portfolio of work to include research, investigations, planning, practical outcomes (photographic evidence of cooking) and evaluations (to include costing and nutritional analysis). The emphasis is very much on practical work so students are required to bring ingredients every week to participate in these sessions.

For further information contacts Miss Armitti

Places on this course are restricted so an early expression of interest is recommended. If there are too many students wishing to opt for this course the commitment, attainment and effort made throughout key stage three will be taken into consideration.