Key Stage 4

Students can choose from a range of qualifications in Key Stage 4.  These options build upon key areas from Key Stage 3.

Options available include; Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Resistant Materials and BTEC Engineering.  Research, Design, development, making and evaluation skills play a crucial role in all of these courses.  Students who opt for these subjects learn practical and project based skills which are highly prized by further education establishments and employers.

Year 10

Students can opt for one of the following areas to study during Year 10 and Year 11.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA) (first class 2016)

Students complete a variety of tasks to build their skills, theory knowledge and food science understanding.  Students complete a number of mini practice assessment tasks to prepare them for the NEA(Non-Examined Assessments) in Year 11.

GCSE Textiles Technology (AQA)

Students complete two projects in Year 10.  The first is a sample based product designed to introduce them to a wide variety of embellishment techniques.  The second project introduces designing and pattern making whilst students create their own embellished messenger bag.  Theory is covered throughout the projects and also in homework tasks.  During the Summer term students make a start on their controlled assessment task which is set by the exam board.

GCSE Product Design (AQA)

Students complete a variety of practical tasks in Year 10. The projects are aimed to build the students skills which are relevant to materials, manufacturing processes and safety issues which will be encompassed during their GCSE Controlled Assessment and Exam. Theory is covered throughout the projects and also in homework tasks. During the 2 years, students will also be working on their Controlled Assessment Task which is set by the Exam Board.

BTEC Engineering Level 2 (Edexcel)

Students complete three projects in Year 10 that will deepen their engineering knowledge and practical skills in preparation for the level 2 qualifications in Year 11.  The first project focusses on tolerance checks, hand tool techniques and understanding how to read and understand an engineering drawing. The second project gives students the opportunity to manufacture an acrylic mobile phone stand that concentrates on further tolerance checks, lathe techniques, tools and work holding devices, how to write a detailed manufacturing report and complete basic risk assessment.  The third project allows students to manufacture a dip coated M10 spanner.  This project focusses again on tolerance checks, compliance checks, several finishing techniques, calculation of lathe and pillar drill belt speeds, manufacturing reports and risk assessments.   Whilst completing these projects students will also learn about the engineering world in their theory lessons.  This knowledge will deepen their understanding ready for their unit one exam in Year 11.  Areas that students will study are engineering sectors, new technologies, engineering materials and properties, engineering processes, scales of production, minimising waste and lean manufacturing. 

Year 11

GCSE Food Technology (Last class June 2017)(AQA)

Students complete their controlled assessment task over the course of the year.  This involves a series of making and evaluating tasks during the development of a food product.  Students will hand this in before Easter and begin preparation for Section A and B of the examination. 

GCSE Textiles Technology (AQA)

Students complete their controlled assessment task over the course of the year.  This involves the production of a product in line with the controlled assessment design brief.  Students will hand this in before Easter and begin preparation for Section A and B of the examination. 

GCSE Product Design (AQA)

Students complete their controlled assessment task over the course of the year.  This involves the production of a product in line with the controlled assessment design brief.  Students will hand this in before Easter and begin preparation for Section A and B of the examination. 

BTEC Engineering Level 2 (Edexcel)

Year 11 students will use their knowledge and skills gained within Year 10 to complete three units of work in BTEC Engineering Level 2.  These include Unit 7 (Machining Techniques – 50%), Unit 1 (Investigating an Engineered Product – 25%) and Unit 1 (The Engineering World Online Exam – 25%).  These three units come together at the end of the course to give the final grade of L1 Pass, L2 Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *.