Key Stage 4 Technology

KS4 Food Preparation and Nutrition

Why should I study GCSE Food Technology?

This is a qualification offered to students who would like to study practical cooking skills, nutrition, food provenance and the working properties of food. Practical work involves planning and  making a wide range of food products to enable learners to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously.

What will I learn about?

Areas of study include:

  • Food, Nutrition and Health
  • Food Science
  • Food Safety
  • Food Choice
  • Food Provenance

You will develop your practical skills throughout the course to become more independent in your choice of dishes, adapting foods to suit different requirements and client groups.  Practical work will include working with bread, pastries, cakes, cereals, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, fruit, vegetables and meat alternatives.

How will my work be assessed?

EXAMINING BOARD WJEC Educas Time Percentage Marks
Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes 50% 100
Non-exam assessment

Task 1 -Food investigation

Task 2 -Food preparation assessment

(Both tasks include written and practical work)

 

10 hours

3 hours

 

15%

35%

 

30

70 

 

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about Food Preparation and Nutrition please speak to Mrs Hamstead, Second in Department Technology

KS4 Graphic Materials

What will I learn about? The Edexcel GCSE in Design and Technology– papers and boards (Graphic Products) enables students to:

  • Build innovative design skills.
  • Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products.
  • Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making.
  • Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life.
  • Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working.
  • Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle.
  • Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

How will my work be assessed?

Component Overview Assessment
1. Examination

 

(50% of your qualification)

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response  questions as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others

analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.

The paper is split into section A “core” and section B “material” categories.

Exam 1hr 45mins

Total of 100 marks

Students must answer all questions in  section A (40 marks).

Students must choose one specialism in section B – either Metals, Papers and Boards, Polymers, Systems, Textiles or Timbers

(60 marks).

2. Design & Make

 

(50% of your qualification)

Three contextual challenges will be provided, you must choose one to respond to.

You will produce a project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype.

There are four parts to the assessment:

  • Part 1: Investigate
  • Part 2: Design
  • Part 3: Make
  • Part 4: Evaluate
Non-examined assessment, internally assessed and externally moderated.

 

Total of 100 marks

 

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about Graphic Products please contact to Mr Dobson, Curriculum Area Leader: Technology.

KS4 Resistant Materials

What will I learn about? The Edexcel GCSE in Design and Technology– (Resistant Materials Technology) enables students to:

  • Build innovative design skills.
  • Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products.
  • Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making.
  • Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life.
  • Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working.
  • Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle.
  • Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

How will my work be assessed?

Component Overview Assessment
1. Examination

 

(50% of your qualification)

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response  questions as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others

analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.

The paper is split into section A “core” and section B “material” categories.

Exam 1hr 45mins

Total of 100 marks

Students must answer all questions in  section A (40 marks).

Students must choose one specialism in section B – either Metals, Papers and Boards, Polymers, Systems, Textiles or Timbers

(60 marks).

2. Design & Make

 

(50% of your qualification)

Three contextual challenges will be provided, you must choose one to respond to.

You will produce a project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype.

There are four parts to the assessment:

  • Part 1: Investigate
  • Part 2: Design
  • Part 3: Make
  • Part 4: Evaluate
Non-examined assessment, internally assessed and externally moderated.

 

Total of 100 marks

 

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about Graphic Products please contact to Mr Dobson, Curriculum Area Leader: Technology.

KS4 Fashion and Textiles Technology

What will I learn about? The Edexcel GCSE in Design and Technology– (Fashio and Textiles Technology) enables students to:

  • Build innovative design skills.
  • Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products.
  • Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making.
  • Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life.
  • Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working.
  • Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle.
  • Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

How will my work be assessed?

Component Overview Assessment
1. Examination

 

(50% of your qualification)

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response  questions as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others

analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.

The paper is split into section A “core” and section B “material” categories.

Exam 1hr 45mins

Total of 100 marks

Students must answer all questions in  section A (40 marks).

Students must choose one specialism in section B – either Metals, Papers and Boards, Polymers, Systems, Textiles or Timbers

(60 marks).

2. Design & Make

 

(50% of your qualification)

Three contextual challenges will be provided, you must choose one to respond to.

You will produce a project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype.

There are four parts to the assessment:

  • Part 1: Investigate
  • Part 2: Design
  • Part 3: Make
  • Part 4: Evaluate
Non-examined assessment, internally assessed and externally moderated.

 

Total of 100 marks

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about Textiles please speak to Mr Dobson, Curriculum Area Leader Technology.

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