Design & Technology: Engineering at KS4

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Course ID
AQA 8852
Faculty
Design & Technology
Department
Engineering
Level
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Head of Faculty
C. Chandler, C. Roncarati
Head of Department
C. Zane

Students will engage in a range of intellectual and practical processes in order to solve problems through the production of engineered outcomes and apply their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts in an engineering related context.

25% will be based on mathematical principles such as Young’s Modulus. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of materials, components and resources relating to engineering and of engineering processes and be able to apply these where appropriate in order to produce a manufactured outcome.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 10

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Theory: Engineering Materials Theory (Students will learn about engineering materials; Metals, Polymers,  composites and ceramics, manufacturing processes, and the advantages and disadvantages these technologies bring to society).
Practical: Basic Engineering Practice – Screwdriver.
Theory is assessed at the end of each half term with a test. Production of Screwdriver form a working drawing – Students will be assessed on accuracy,
quality of finish and engineering manufacturing skills.
Autumn 2 Theory: Engineering Materials cont. (Permanent and non-permanent methods of joining materials, protection of metals, working drawings and orthographic projection).
Practical: Engineering practice.
Theory is assessed at the end of each half term with a test. Students will be assessed on accuracy, quality of finish and engineering manufacturing skills; quality of forging and screw thread cutting.
Spring 1 Theory: Engineering Mathematics Theory (students will learn about Engineering mathematics, concentrating on: Newtons Laws, Young’s Modulus, Resistors in series and calculating areas and volumes).
Practical: Engineering Practice – Manufacturing processes 1.
Theory is assessed at the end of each half term with a test. Casting Project: Through the use of practical engineering activities students will learn about polymer, metal and composite mass manufacturing processes, including, sand casting, and die casting.
Spring 2 Theory: Engineering Systems Theory (systems technology, Ohm’s Law, resistors in parallel, flowcharts, input and output devices, cams, pulleys and gears and ratios).
Practical: Engineering Practice – Manufacturing processes 2.
Theory is assessed at the end of each half term with a test. Maze Game: Through the use of practical engineering activities students will learn about polymer mass manufacturing processes, including, vacuum forming and the layup process.
Summer 1 Theory: Engineering Coursework NEA (Preparation for NEA – what is the NEA? How many marks is it worth? 40%
Exemplar material – Preparation of powerpoint, scatterchart of ideas.
Practical: Engineering Practice – manufacturing processes.
Completion and evaluation of all practical assignments, Theory test on subject matter taught directly through the practical element.
Summer 2 NEA start up, Research, Need, situation, brief and analysis of brief, initial design ideas. Students will be given their Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) paper as set by the examination board.

 

Year 11

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 GCSE NEA: Design ideas/evaluation of ideas; modelling of basic concepts. Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to analyse a given problem, imagine solutions to that problem, use a range of modelling techniques, produce a prototype and communicate their ideas clearly. Students should use sketches or modelling to show technical concepts and the initial steps in generating a functional solution.  
Autumn 2 GCSE NEA: Development of ideas and advanced modelling / early prototype, working drawings and CAD modelling. Students will demonstrate their ability to develop illustrated design ideas that conform to sector-specific conventions, use CAD effectively and clearly annotate their drawings.  
Spring 1 GCSE NEA: Manufacture of final prototype. Students will demonstrate their ability to produce and follow a production plan and explain the stages of production, consider repeatability and use CNC, explain the quality control measures taken and consider health and safety. Students will demonstrate their ability to use safely a range of materials and equipment and explain their choices, consider quality control and work to tolerances.  
Spring 2 GCSE NEA: Evaluation/Further developments of NEA. Examination Theory: Exam practice/Revision techniques. Students will demonstrate their ability to undertake testing of their product and evaluate its effectiveness. They will also be expected to provide an honest evaluation of the product and make recommendations for improvements.  
Summer 1 Examination Theory: Exam Technique and practice / past papers. Written examination, 2 hours, 60% of overall mark.
Summer 2 GCSE Examination. GCSE Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 10

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
AQA GCSE Engineering AQA GCSE (9-1) Engineering (Paul Anderson, David Hills-Taylor, Mark Griffiths) How Its Made; How Do They Do That?  

 

Year 11

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
AQA GCSE Engineering AQA GCSE (9-1) Engineering (Paul Anderson, David Hills-Taylor, Mark Griffiths) How Its Made; How Do They Do That? Lunchtime and after school coursework club for completion of NEA practical and written work.

 

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