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D&T

GCSE D&T

Suitable for Exam Boards:
All Boards
Course Code:
GCDTMUL

+ Course Dates April 2019

  • 10-11 (Wednesday – Thursday)

GCSE & IGCSE courses include 12 hrs of tuition taken over 2 full days. 9am to 5pm. It is ESSENTIAL that you read the accompanying course outline(s) before applying for the course.

+ Aim

The course will focus solely on the written exam aspect of any specification and not the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA).

The course focuses on the ‘Core’ content for the Edexcel (1DT0), OCR (J310) and AQA (8552) Design and Technology specifications. The course will cover timber, polymers and metals to greater depth dependent on student requirements.

To reinforce subject knowledge and its application to exam questions.

To relate different theory topics to each other to develop improved working subject knowledge.

To use practical examples to develop analysis and evaluation skills.

Improve exam technique by identifying the level of detail required for the marks available, what sort of information is required and how to fully explain answers with appropriate technical terminology. Develop discussion to explain both the pros and cons of a topic as appropriate.

To develop student’s confidence in their knowledge and ability to apply it to exam questions.

GCSE – 2 day course (12 hours of tuition) = £395

+ Discount Incentives (per single student booking)

Bookings over £1,000 – 2.5% discount

Bookings over £1,450 – 5% discount

Bookings over £1,950 – 10% discount

+ Early Bird Discount

In addition to the above, bookings made by MIDDAY on Wednesday 20/02/19 will receive an extra £40 off each course booked (with promotional code)

+ Key Topics Covered

The impact of new and emerging technologies

What are the impacts of new and emerging technologies when developing design solutions?

How do new and emerging technologies have an impact on production techniques and systems?

New and emerging technologies

How the critical evaluation of new and emerging technologies informs design decisions; considering contemporary and potential future scenarios from different perspectives, such as ethics and the environment

How do developments in Design and Technology influence design decisions and practice?

Environmental, social and economic challenge

How energy is generated and stored in order to choose and use appropriate sources to make products and power systems

How do designers choose appropriate sources of energy to make products and power systems?

Energy generation and storage

Developments in modern and smart materials, composite materials and technical textiles

Developments in new materials

The functions of mechanical devices used to produce different sorts of movements including the changing of magnitude and the direction of forces

Mechanical devices

How do we introduce controlled movement to products and systems?

How electronic systems provide functionality to products and processes, including sensors and control devices to respond to a variety of inputs, and devices to produce a range of outputs

How do electronic systems provide functionality to products and processes?

Systems approach to designing

The use of programmable components to embed functionality into products in order to enhance and customise their operation

The categorisation of the types, properties and structure of ferrous and non-ferrous metals

The categorisation of the types, properties and structure of papers and boards

The categorisation of the types, properties and structure of thermoforming and thermosetting polymers

The categorisation of the types, properties and structure of natural, synthetic, blended and mixed fibres, and woven, non-woven and knitted textiles

The categorisation of the types, properties and structure of natural and manufactured timbers.

What are the main categories of materials available to designers when developing design solutions?

What factors are important to consider when selecting appropriate materials and/or system components when designing?

Papers and boards

Natural and manufactured timber

Ferrous and non-ferrous metals

Thermo and thermosetting polymers

Textile fibres and fabrics

 

An awareness of developments in modern and smart materials, composite materials and technical textiles

Material categories and 3.1.6.2 Material properties

Papers and boards

Natural and manufactured timbers

Metals and alloys

Polymers

Textiles

All design and technological practice takes place within contexts which inform outcomes

Investigate environmental, social and economic challenges when identifying opportunities and constraints that influence the processes of designing and making

What wider implications can have an influence on the processes of designing and making?

Investigate and analyse the work of past and present professionals and companies in order to inform design

What are the opportunities and constraints that influence design and making requirements?

The work of others

Use different design strategies to generate initial ideas and avoid design fixation

How do designers source information and thinking when problem solving.

Design strategies

Develop, communicate, record and justify design ideas, applying suitable techniques

How can design solutions be communicated to demonstrate their suitability to a third party?

Communication of design ideas

It is anticipated that the timbers and polymers section will be more extensive depending on the specialist areas different students are studying. Primary focus will be on the ‘Core’ aspect of each course.

The following skills will be developed:

Exam technique. Unpicking what a question is actually asking, identifying different types of questions.

Identifying key technical terminology relevant to analysing materials, products and processes. Fully explaining and structuring answers in the context of the question – to the extent marks available demand.

Relating different facts together and building an evidenced based discussion on both the positive and negative aspects of a topic, for example the sustainability of polymers or timber from coniferous trees.

Product analysis using a range of theory topics to fully understand the rationale behind material and process selection, in addition to whole product life cycle, scale of production, consumer demands etc.

+ Assessment

Each student will be provided with questions specific to their exam board, which will include a longer question on their specialist area as appropriate.

These will be marked/feedback for both accuracy and exam technique.

The course will include homework to be completed each night and Students will answer mock exam questions to enable feedback.

+ Course Materials

Students should bring copies of their own specifications and their main textbooks. All other materials will be provided.

+ Other Information

The revision course will focus solely on the written exam aspect of any specification and not the Non-Examined Assessment.

Whilst the ‘Core’ sections of all three specifications offered have similar content, it might be the case that, at times, areas that students are not studying might be covered to ensure all students are catered for.

Whilst it is recognized that maths makes up an aspect of the Design and Technology exam papers across the exam boards, it will not be the focus of this revision course.

In all cases, students should come to the first session with full details of the specification which they are studying and the topics to be examined on.

Please note that the emphasis given to particular topics will be weighted to the needs and requirements of the candidates in the group.