In Design and Technology students will be laying the foundation for the subject through the design process, graphics and practical skills in resistant materials. This they do through project work which will include all or part of the full design process from identifying a need, carrying out research, developing design ideas and through to the final design solution and finished product. Students throughout the course will develop these design and practical skills, through stimulating projects in a variety of different areas such as graphics, resistant materials, electronics, mechanisms and structures.
Students will be expected to work practically in several resistant materials in each year. They will undertake research and develop their design ideas to produce solutions to a variety of problems set. They will learn how to develop their technical and graphic skills to realise their ideas through developing and reviewing their work as it progresses. Students will learn processes and techniques through a range of hand and machine tools, to produce three dimensional artefacts from a range of resistant materials.
Students will be placed in small group situations but will mainly work in an individual way. Processes and practical skills will be demonstrated in the initial stages and where needed throughout a project. Teaching is supported by handouts, videos and exemplar material from a variety of sources, including good examples of students' work. Students will be involved in self-assessment where they will have the opportunity to review and improve their work as it progresses.
In the design studio/workshop a wide range of quality hand and machine tools, and resistant materials are used for practical work, including specialist technical graphics equipment. The practices involved include freehand sketching, orthographic projection, technical graphics and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture. An emphasis is placed on the design process, realising the design through a practical outcome and then finally evaluating it.
IGCSE Design and Technology may be of use to students considering careers in graphics, design, engineering or architecture.
The course enables students to develop their research, design and practical making skills. This is achieved through the full design process: from identifying a need, carrying out research and developing design ideas through to the final design solution and finished product. Students will be involved in stimulating projects, starting with focused practical tasks and leading to a major project.
IGCSE Design and Technology is 50% externally assessed. The assessment involves a major project which comprises of two parts, a comprehensive design portfolio including research design ideas and a finished product in resistant materials. The examination is also in two parts: a design paper and a one in resistant materials.
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