Curriculum: Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 11 Design Technology
Term 1AQA Non-Exam Assessment: Section C - Generating Design IdeasAQA Non-Exam Assessment: Section D - Developing Design Ideas   
Students will begin to produce their design work for the portflio. Using the Design Brief and Specification, students should have a plan of what they want to design, and should use the techniques learnt from KS3 - KS4 to demonstrate their design ideas. Generating a range of design ideas for the NEA is marked out of 20. Developing chosen design ideas further and producing a final idea for the NEA is also marked out of 20.
Assessment: As this is independent study, teacher input is regulated very strictly. Students have the option of submitting their design ideas at any time, but once this has happened, no more work can be carried out on it to get more marks. Alternatively as it is an iterative process, students can continue working on them until final submission is required. Students are encourage to continually develop their work through regular feedback with their client to receive the best marks for the design and development sectionsKey Words and Terms
Term 2AQA Non-Exam Assessment: Section E - Realising Design Ideas    
Students will work with a range of appropriate materials/components to produce prototypes that are accurate and within close tolerances. This will involve using specialist tools and equipment, which may include hand tools, machines or CAD/CAM. The prototypes will be constructed through a range of techniques, which may involve shaping, fabrication, construction and assembly. The prototypes will have a suitable finish with functional and aesthetic qualities, where appropriate. Students will be awarded marks for the quality of their prototype(s) and how it addresses the design brief and design specification based on a contextual challenge. Realising the final design successfully is dependent on the feedback and communication with the end client.
Assessment: Making the prototype is marked out of 20. This will be assessed by the teacher at the end of the project. A selected random sample will be moderated by the exam board. Key Words and Terms
Term 3AQA Non-Exam Assessment: Section F - Analysing and Evaluating    
Within this iterative design process students are expected to continuously analyse and evaluate their work, using their decisions to improve outcomes. This should include defining requirements, analysing the design brief and specifications along with the testing and evaluating of ideas produced during the generation and development stages. Their final prototype(s) will also undergo a range of tests on which the final evaluation will be formulated. This should include market testing and a detailed analysis of the prototype(s)
Assessment: Comprehensive testing of all aspects of the final prototype against the design brief and specification. Fully detailed and justified reference is made to any modifications both proposed and undertaken.Key Words and Terms
Term 4GCSE Exam Practice
Students will have finished their NEA and would have submitted that for marking and moderation. Now, students will spend time revising topics covered at the start of the GCSE course to get them ready for the GCSE exam.
Assessment: Exam style questions, ranginf from Section A multiple choice questions, to design style queations will be covered and assessed to ensure each student is aware of what needs to be included and stuied for each of the papers sections. Key Words and Terms