Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 - V & A Innovate Challenge

Core: Introduce design challenge.
The Iterative design process- Designing for ourselves. Research, Design brief, Specification, Design ideas. Prototyping & Evaluation through response from a chosen context.

Theory - Oracy and communication skills developed by working in a group and public consultation. Primary and secondary research skills developed including analysis and interpretation of findings. Students will learn how to identify real world problems and turn that problem into a design brief. 
Presentation and communication skills developed producing two A3 design proposal sheets telling the story of their design journey. 

Extension opportunities - Public speaking presenting their design to others. Material investigations. Prototyping practical skills. Presenting information in a graph. 

Year 8 - RSA Pupil Design Awards

Core: Introduce design challenge.
The Iterative design process- Social Design.Research, Design brief, Specification, Design ideas. Prototyping & Evaluation through response from a chosen context. Working independently.

Theory - Students will learn design is applicable in systems, communities, and socially, it’s not always a product.
Oracy and communication skills developed by public consultation. Primary and secondary research skills developed including analysis and interpretation of findings from looking at social systems. Students will learn how to identify real world problems and turn that problem into a design brief. Students will discover the ‘Design Thinking Process’ is applicable and beneficial in all subjects and areas of life in the wider world. 
Presentation and communication skills developed producing 6 A3 design proposal sheets telling the story of their design journey.

Extension opportunities - Public speaking presenting their design to others. Material investigations. Prototyping practical skills. Presenting information in a graph. Applying the design thinking process to wider world problems.

Year 9 - The Glider Project

Core: Engineering sectors and engineering through history. The understanding of  the theory of gliders. Students to explore own theories and understanding on what they believe will make the ideal glider against a set list of criteria. Students to complete a personalised specification based on their hyposithis.  Students to develop design ideas and prototype glider.

Theory - Different engineering sectors, The theory of flight- Lift, drag, thrust, gravity. How aerodynamics can be tested through CAD modelling. The history of flight. Students will put their knowledge and personal theory to the test constructing their own cardboard glider.

Extension opportunities - Analyze performance of glider wing and tail shapes. Written Evaluation on flight performance. Iteration of personal design to improve performance.

Engineering Design in Years 10 & 11

Cambridge Nationals

Course Leader:    Mr C Ellis
 Contact Email:    cellis@tgschool.net
   Exam Board:    OCR
     ssessment:     40% examination, 60% coursework

Why should I study this subject at Key Stage 4?

The world around us is designed in some way. Modern living relies on products and systems created to support how we live. Design comes from the ability to think creatively and to be able to imagine ‘what if …?’ Some of the greatest human achievements have come from creative design engineering, allowing the realisation of some truly remarkable change in our world. We are surrounded by products that have been created to solve a problem. Design solutions are developed by following a design strategy or the iterative process and gaining an understanding of how products are manufactured to ensure that the ideas can be produced effectively.

Assessment:

The course consists of 3 units of study for students to be successful in this course.  The course is run over 2 years and consists of a 1 hour and 15 minutes exam, 40% of the grade. In addition, it has 2 mandatory coursework units which are both worth 30% of the final grade. Students will have to submit a portfolio at the end of each unit for submission and these deadlines will be staggered throughout the 2 year course.

Students will have approximately 48 guided learning hours for the exam unit and 36 hours for each of the Non Exam Assessment (coursework) units.

What does the course involve?

The Engineering Design course is aimed at developing knowledge, understanding and practical modelling skills that would be used in the engineering and development sectors.  Through a variety of activities the students will develop skills in both 2D and 3D engineering design techniques, designing new products that meet a design brief and communicating design ideas. 

These skills will help the students to develop independence and confidence in using skills that can be used in life and work situations, such as; completing research to inform design ideas, solving problems by exploring design options and finding imaginative solutions through creative thinking.

What will students study as part of this qualification? 

Unit 1: Principles of engineering design - exam unit
Students will learn about the different strategies, the stages involved in the iterative design process, the type of information needed to develop a design brief and specification and the manufacturing considerations that can influence a design. 1 hour and 15 minutes exam, 40% of the grade

Unit 2: Communicating designs - 12-15 hours to complete a portfolio for submission
Students will learn how to develop techniques in sketching and gain industrial skills in engineering drawing using standard conventions that include dimensioning and representations of mechanical features. They will enhance their confidence and capabilities using Computer Aided Design (CAD), 2D and 3D software to produce accurate and detailed drawings and models that visually communicate the designs. 12-15 hours to complete a portfolio for submission

Unit 3 : Developing and presenting engineering designs - 12-15 hours to complete a portfolio for submission
Students will learn how designers can create and test models to develop a working prototype of a design. Developing virtual modelling skills using Computer Aided Design software and physical modelling skills to produce a high quality model that will simulate the prototype. 12-15 hours to complete a portfolio for submission

What knowledge and skills will the student develop and how might these be of use in further studies?
The Engineering Design course will enable students to learn about the design process, understand how it can be used to design effective solutions for a given design brief. Students will develop the ability to communicate their design ideas through the use of sketches and engineering drawings and computer aided design. The students will also be able to evaluate the design of a product, through the disassembly of existing products or the use of modelling for new designs. 

These skills will help progress onto further study in the engineering design and development sector. This may be Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as the Cambridge Technical in Engineering, A Levels, such as A Level Design and Technology, or one of the number of Design and Development Technician Apprenticeships. It is anticipated that these qualifications will also enable the students to progress onto a T Level such as Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing, when they are available.

Department Staff

Miss J Armstrong Teacher of Technology Contact
Mr P Bentley Teacher of Engineering Design Contact
Miss S Dowley Teacher of Technology Contact
Mr C Ellis Head of Technology Contact