TECHNOLOGY AT KING ECGBERT SCHOOL
Design and Technology is used to promote an understanding of the world around us, recognition of past technologies, acknowledgment of current technologies and anticipating future ones. Through student interaction we hope to ensure that they become successful problem solvers as well as knowledgeable, confident and discerning consumers.
KEY STAGE 3
At KS3 students are taught DT throughout the year with 2 single one hour periods devoted to covering the many different materials area which constitute this subject. Entitled ‘Product Design’ throughout KS3 our students cover the main focus areas of Electronics, Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles. DT does not operate a traditional carousel system of group rotation which results in the department being very knowledgeable with the needs and strengths of the groups they will teach for the full year. There may be minor carousels to facilitate specialist rooming or staff on a ten week rotation between. A typical King Egcbert Design and Technology student will have two specialist teachers within a week and consequently be experiencing two differing facets of Product Design concurrently.
Normally students will undertake design and make assignments (DMA) in each of the four areas: Electronics, Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Graphics is taught discreetly throughout all the four major areas. These DMA’s will usually result in a high quality finished product.
Some activities may take a term or more to complete with others being just a couple of lessons. There is a great variety of experience offered at KES and projects are regularly updated or replace making it easy to respond to topical themes and ensure DT is more relevant.
KEY STAGE 4
GCSE Design and Technology is an option at KS4. Students opt to study a full GCSE course in one of the three DT specialist areas: Design and Technology, Food Preparation and Nutrition or Fashion and Textile Design. There is also a Level 2 certificate offered covering the Built Environment and one covering Construction. These courses have five dedicated one hour periods split across the duration of the KS4 course.
Each specialist area offers ‘out of hours’ learning support, particularly at the Controlled Assessment stage.
All GCSE courses follow the same format with a Controlled Assessment (practical) component worth 50% of the grade and the Terminal Examination based upon a theoretic component which is worth 50% of the total grade. The Controlled Assessment can be completed at any time in the duration of the course but the Terminal Examination must be completed at the end of Year 11. The Design and Technology suite of examinations are single tier papers. They are differentiated to give students access to all grades A* to G
DEC at Level 2 certificate is graded across 4 levels from A*- C. The coursework component is worth 30% of the grade and the Terminal Examination based upon a theoretic component is worth 70% of the total grade. There are 3 examination windows offered within Year 11.
TECHNOLOGY IN KING ECGBERT SIXTH FORM
At KS5 we offer a full A Level in Product Design and also a Level 3 qualification in Designing Engineering and Constructing a Sustainable Built Environment (DEC). Students following either course receive five one hour lessons, blocked in groups of three and two.
The Advanced level course facilitates either AS or continuation through to a full A level. The format is based upon two externally examined units and a major project component.
The DEC course offers either a Certificate (180 points) or a Diploma (360 points) through a series of units which are externally accredited.
Designing, Engineering and Constructing a Sustainable Built Environment - Specification TLM