The Technology team comprises:
Mr J Daly (Head of Department)
Mrs A Kirsch (Catering)
Mrs C Sinclair (Textiles)
Mrs J Stephens (Resistant materials/Graphics)
Mr C Lovekin (Resistant materials)
Mrs L Tarr (Technician)
Miss J Kielan (Technician)
Mrs J Briggs (Teaching Assistant))
Mr J Patrick (Technician)
There are six specialist workshops in Technology and the department has its own ICT suite. ICT plays an important part in students work in all technology subjects
What do students study?
GCSE Catering is a very practical based course and involves information about food, its nutritional content, the world of catering and producing food. Students will enjoy and succeed in this course if they have a keen interest in making food and want to study a subject that is active and is never the same in any lesson. Students carry out practical work on a weekly basis. The types of practical work that will be carried out include: pastry making (shortcrust, flaky, choux and pate sucre), roux-based sauces, meringues, meat cookery, fish cookery, rich doughs and decorated cakes.
Design and Technology Fashion and Textiles
This is a design-centred course which teaches a wide range of skills. Students design and make unique textile products and learn how to colour and decorate fabrics, make paper patterns and put products together. Inspiration for technique and design comes from catwalks, other cultures and the fashion industry.
The course is centred on students’ production of a major piece of textiles work which can be related to fashion, interiors or gift products. Throughout the course, they will be involved in learning critical thinking, visual and cultural awareness, creativity, manipulative and presentation skills. In addition, students learn how to use IT, CAD/ CAM, time planning, research and analyse effectively, organisation and self-discipline.
Students will be given opportunities to attend fashion shows such as “The Clothes Show live” and inspirational trips to degree shows, craft fairs, exhibitions, galleries and take part in workshops.
There are opportunities for work experience placements within this subject.
GCSE Product Design offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and skills in the production of a high quality product from start to finish. This is not just a wood work or metal work course, but an analytical and development design course requiring a high level of dedication, organisation and the ability to resource all practical sessions.
Students work in our purpose built workshops, carrying out practical, investigative and theoretical work. This GCSE is suitable for any student wishing to broaden their knowledge of this area and looking to either progress to further education or enter the world of work.
The course covers the following topics:
- Developing and applying design skills
- A designing and making innovation challenge
- Making, testing and marketing products
- Designing influences
There will be a cost element to the final product. The school will be as supportive as possible, but students must provide the materials for the final product themselves.
How are students assessed?
In all GCSE technology courses, practical coursework accounts for 60% of the final grade and the theory examination 40%.
At Key stage 4, GCSE students study The Welsh Board Catering Examination which comprises two practical tasks:
Task 1: Research, plan and make an Afternoon Tea (worth 20% of final grade)
Task 2: Research, plan and make a two course meal from a country of choice (worth 40% of final grade).
Students also take a written examination paper. This paper is a set and marked by the examination board and is worth 40% of the final grade.
Fashion and Textiles
The AQA examination at the end of the course tests students’ design, knowledge and understanding.
Coursework = 60%.
Examination = 40%
Unit 1: Designing and making skills related to the design of a product from start to finish and including the creation of marketing. This is a practical coursework assignment selected from a bank of set tasks and is internally assessed using criteria set by the exam board. 60% of total mark
Unit 2: This comprises a two hour written paper which is externally set and marked. The paper contains short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from the course content. 40% of total marks
Contact Mr Joe Daly, Head of Technology, for further information: