Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

 

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 Electronics Engineering
 Catering Graphic Products
 Product Design       Textiles

 

AQA Electronic Products (Specification Code 4540)

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60% Single Coursework project. (An A3 portfolio and practical outcome.) YR10.

40%   Single Examination  YR11.

The Electronic products course will be in demand by employers and will be useful for those who intend to study electronics, computer science and engineering at a higher level.

This course is for boys and girls who enjoy designing and making all kinds of electronic products. It builds on the skills acquired making the steady hand game Electronic die and alarm in key stage 3. Maths is used throughout this course to calculate the value of components needed to make things work.

1. Basic Electronics 
2. Transistors and relays
3. 555 Timers
4. Logic gates
5. Programmable integrated circuits
6. Circuit board nmanufacture
7. Product assembly
8. Industrial practises

In Year 10 Electronic Products involves building and testing circuits and practising the skills needed to make complete electronic products using a range of materials.  A Controlled Assessment up most of Year 11 lessons where pupils use a whole range of techniques to design and make a high quality, working product.  Exam board moderators often comments on the impressive standard of work completed at Malbank.  This is down partly to the fact that the Technology Department is lucky enough to have the very latest equipment available to schools.  This includes computer aided design and manufacturing facilities and programmable chip technology.

  

Electronic Products is a demanding course both intellectually and with regard to time management. It has a high level of Maths content and is therefore not recommended to students who don't enjoy Maths. It is a course from which pupils attain a high level of self satisfaction on seeing their own designs up and running.  Previous pupils have enjoyed making electronic organs, disco lights, basketball score boards, lottery number selectors, electronic games and alarms.

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GCSE Engineering (AQA Single award code 4850)

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GCSE Engineering develops skills and understanding which will be of use generally and as part of a progressive career path to further technical or academic engineering qualifications.

 

Skills and techniques

You will learn how to cut and shape metal using hand skills and machines including the centre lathe and milling machine. You will also learn and practice heat treatment, joining techniques including soldering, brazing, riveting and by cutting internal and external threads. Other materials including plastics will also be studied.

Technical drawing will be studied to British standards including Orthographic third angle projection and Isometric drawing.

Assessment

Unit 1: External Assessment

Written Paper
40% of the total marks
1 hour
75 marks

Two sections

  • Project study based on information in a presentation sheet.
  • Manufacturing and materials

Unit 2: Internal Assessment


Controlled Assessment
60% of the total marks
Approximately 40 hours
90 marks

Two parts:

  • Designing and Communicating/Manufacturing an Engineering Product
  • A portfolio/one project (Mechanical, Pneumatic or Electronic)

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WJEC Catering (Specification Code 4730)

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If you enjoy practical cookery then this course will be of interest to you.

 GCSE Catering offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and extend their practical skills. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work.

There is a far greater emphasis on developing high level practical skills therefore students will cook at least once each week.  If you are considering this course it is essential that you enjoy food, are willing to try new dishes and are able to bring ingredients each week.  Some lessons you will be expected to prepare more than one dish. High level skills that are taught include:

  

Pastry making - short crust, pate Sucre, choux.

Roux based sauces

Meringues and Pavlovs

Meat and fish cookery (using high risk foods)

Decorated cakes and gateaux

Rich yeast dough's

Areas of Study:

Health, safety and hygiene

Food preparation, cooking and presentation

Nutrition

Menu Planning

Portion control and costing

The industry - food and drink

Job roles, employment and training

Specialist equipment (for food preparation, cooking and serving)

Communication and record keeping

Environmental considerations

 

Assessment

TWO practical tasks (controlled assessments) from six set by the WJEC

ONE written paper of 1¼ hours externally set and marked

Summary

Greater emphasis on practical work

No project or comparative study to complete

No tiered examination papers

Awards are unitised: up to 60% of available marks can be accessed before the final examination.

 

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AQA Graphics Products (Specification Code 4550)

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60% Single Coursework project. (An A3 portfolio and practical outcome.) YR10.

40%   Single Examination  YR11.

Product Design with Graphics involves a broad approach to the designing and making of innovative / new products. This subject is aimed at those interested in the way business and industry identifies potential products and successfully designs and manufactures them. It is also for those who wish to design products that communicate using pictures and words. Creative people whole enjoy Art, Photography and imagery.

As well as leading directly to Product Design A-level, or in higher education to degree level, this subject is ideal for students who are also looking at Advertising and promotion as a career.  It also gives a unique insight in to the world of Business studies and Administration.  It is also a popular subject for people studying architecture and engineering as it allows them to develop the high level drawing and illustration skills that are required.  It complements college courses in Sociology and is an ideal partner for media studies.

                Graphics is about information and using your artistic talents to help inform people and promote the sale of items through eye-catching packaging and promotional materials.  It is a very visual subject, especially for people who enjoy drawing and using colour, who like to see their creative outcomes put to effective practical use.
    

You will learn to cut, shape and assemble a range of compliant materials such as foam board, corrugated plastic, paper- based board, card and sometimes fabric items.  You will also learn how to apply illustrations and lettering to the surface of these materials.  Some of your production work may well be done will be done using computer controlled machinery which you will be taught to use.

  

It is a subject that is very relevant to modern life and you will learn how graphic design has a place in all areas of our life and a profound influence upon us.

There are a range of very relevant projects you may be asked to work on and recent successful GCSE projects include packaging for fast food, promotion of music and music based events including T-shirts and CD/DVD covers.   Packaging design for confectionary is also popular, including wrappers, point of sale display and posters.

 

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AQA Product Design (Specification Code 4555)

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60% Single Coursework project. (An A3 portfolio and practical outcome.) YR10.

40% Single Examination  YR11.

Product Design involves a broad approach to the designing and making of innovative / new products. This subject is aimed at those interested in the way business and industry identifies potential products and successfully designs and manufactures them. It is not for those who intend to design and manufacture an item that already exists. However, you can take an existing product and improve it or develop an entirely new product.

As well as leading directly to Product design A-level, or in higher education to degree level, this subject is ideal for students looking at BTECs at FE, Engineering, Business Administration, Furniture design and apprenticeships.  It complements college courses in Automotive Engineering, joinery and building studies.

                                             
   

In this particular branch of Product Design you will learn to cut, join and finish a range of materials to a high standard using hand, power and bench tools.  This includes working with wood, metal and plastics.  As well as looking at traditional areas such as woodwork joints, you will also look at working with metals using heat and pressure as well as plastics using adhesives and moulding machinery.

 You will study the design process, a system which provides us with an excellent framework to guide us through our coursework and give us a greater understanding of the manufactured objects around us.

 Recent outcomes that have helped students reach a high level of achievement at GCSE include personal items, storage systems, furniture, sports   and also audio equipment.  Because of the wide range of projects, techniques and materials this is a popular subject that appeals to both creative and practical students.

 

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AQA Textiles (Specification Code 4570)

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60% Single Coursework project. (An A3 portfolio and practical outcome.) YR10.

40% Single Examination YR11.

  • The study of designing Fashion and textile products
  • Knowledge and understanding of current fashions
  • Skills of making and altering clothing

Industrial Textiles

As well as leading directly to Textiles A Level, this subject is ideal for students who are also looking at fashion design, interior design or textiles manufacturing up to degree level.  It is also an ideal subject to do if you are thinking of careers in retail management and business management.  It also leads to a range of FE courses.  It also compliments art.    

  

Textiles are concerned with the popular areas of fashion design, practical clothing, accessories and soft furnishings.  It is a very useful subject which gives you a range of very helpful life skills and the opportunity to manipulate fabrics in both a creative and practical way.  You will learn to choose appropriate textiles, understand how they are produced and the best way to join them together using a range of fastening techniques.

                                  
 

As well as hand sewing and embroidery techniques, you will use sewing machines, printing and dyeing equipment and become familiar with the skills that will help you produce very high quality garments.  You will also design your own patterns for your garments, how they can be adapted and used as a basis for a range of designs.

GCSE projects in the past have included dresses, corsets, hats, bags and children's clothing.  There have also been a range of fancy dress costumes, formal dresses and upholstered items which have all been completed to a very high standard.

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