Technology

General Information

Hull Trinity House Academy has excellent facilities and resources to provide all of our students with engaging and enriching design and technology studies.

KS4 pupils enjoy the benefits of Graphic Products, Resistant Materials Technology, Systems and Control and Electronics.

Pupils enjoy all aspects of the Technology curriculum at KS3 before choosing options towards the end of year 8.

 

Staffing

Staff Member
Role
 Miss A. Malton
 Subject Leader of Technology
 Mrs M. Coupland
 Technology Teacher 
 Mr M. Newton
 Technology Teacher 
 Assistant Principal

 

GCSE Graphic Products

GCSE Graphic Products is based around the study of visual imagery and the production of two and three-dimensional outcomes. It involves the study of how visual images affect us. It includes the study of colour, shapes, fonts and logos. The course is project based, with most aspects of the course specification being covered through students working on ‘design and make’ projects. There will be opportunities to make products using a wide variety of graphic media, including a range of card, modelling foam, foam board and plastics. Students will also work with a variety of finishing techniques including printing, embossing, painting and laminating. There is also a strong element of computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM).

The assessments consist of two components:

40% Exam at the end of Y11 covering the theory learned.

60% Coursework, consisting of a ‘design and make’ controlled assessment. This includes a practical element together with a design portfolio.

Revision Tips:

BBC Bitesize: go on this and test yourself on theory topics. Keep testing yourself until you can get 100% in each area.

Technologystudent.com: This has lots of graphics topics on it and can help if you are stuck at home. The most helpful part is the exam preparation sections.

Revision guides: Use your own revision book you have made in class this is a valuable tool for reference.

AQA Website: past papers.

Exam Board: AQA
Controlled   Assessment (Coursework)
60%
The controlled assessment is to be done in 45 hours, it encompasses making a graphic product and producing a concise design folder, the majority of the Controlled Assessment must be done in school.
Exam
40%
There is a single 2 hour exam, with 120 marks available; the exam follows the design process. Exams are ‘themed’ and some preparation material is given out in March.
Content
You will learn to design and make products using a range of graphic and modelling materials. You will be given the opportunity   to study photography, typography and 3D design. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will be used throughout the course to help create original work that is of a professional standard. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. Graphic techniques, as oppose to workshop skills form the core of this course.
Revision Resources
 - BBC Bitesize Technology
 - Technology student
 - GCSEPOD
Revision Techniques
Use revision cards and write out the answers, carry them around with you and revise when on the bus etc.
Have someone test you on them.
Use past papers to get used to the exam style questions
Make yourself some flash cards with information on to read on the bus
Use post it notes around your home to remember keywords and definitions

 

GCSE Resistant Materials

The GCSE Resistant Materials Technology course engages pupils in a wide variety of designing and making activities - covering drawing skills, model making and constructing objects from mixed materials including plastics, wood, metals and ready made components. A workshop and CAD/CAM  room are used for two-dimensional design work and includes a Computer Aided Design and manufacture facility.

During the two years of the course you will work on one design project. The practical outcome of this project must be accompanied by a supporting design portfolio comprising drawings and notes. Themes for projects may be taken from a range of possibilities: e.g. Seating, Radios, Storage, Lighting, Sports and Leisure.

The project will demonstrate design and manufacture in your own development of a technological device/ product. The project will also incorporate design communication skills, resulting in the production of a model/graphic solution to a chosen problem. The project will provide you with specific design and constructional skills that will gradually allow you to pursue your own design ideas.

The course consists of two components:

Unit 1: Creative Design & Make Activities (60%)

This is internally assessed with half the marks allocated to designing and the other half to making. You will choose a task from a list published by AQA each year. It is expected that this element will take approximately 40 hours of supervised time.

Unit 2: Knowledge & Understanding of Resistant Materials Technology (40%)

2 hour written examination.

The Design and Technology Resistant Materials GCSE forms a valuable qualification, in combination with other subjects, as a possible step towards many career areas such as Industrial Design, Jewellery, Interior Design, Product Design, Theatre Design/TV, Architecture, Three-Dimensional Design, Mechanical Engineering.

Revision Tips:

BBC Bitesize: go on this and test yourself on theory topics. Keep testing yourself until you can get 100% in each area.

Technologystudent.com: This has lots of Resistant Material and product Design topics on it and can help if you are stuck at home. The most helpful part is the exam preparation sections.

Revision guides: Use your own revision book you have made in class this is a valuable tool for reference.

AQA Website: past papers.

Exam Board: AQA
Controlled   Assessment (Coursework)
60%
The controlled assessment is to be done in 45 hours, it encompasses making a product and producing a concise design folder, the majority of the Controlled Assessment must be done in school.
Exam
40%
There is a single 2 hour exam, with 120 marks available; the exam follows the design process. Exams are ‘themed’ and preliminary material is given out in March
Content
You will learn to design and make products using a variety of materials. You will learn about historical design styles and will go on to develop your own models. You will be based in the workshop as the product and coursework folder are the majority of your GCSE grade. This subject is suitable for candidates who enjoy designing and making and thrive in a practical   environment. Candidates are encouraged to test and develop their own prototype product, the outcome of which will need to be rigorous and creative. Candidates will choose manufacturing  processes from the wide range of facilities we have available at school eg. Metal lathe work, laser cutting, casting, forging, tap and die work, moulding, milling, vacuum forming, CNC machining   and 3D printing.
Revision Resources
 - BBC Bitesize
 - Technology student
 - GCSEPOD
Revision Techniques
Use revision cards and write out the answers, carry them around with you and revise when on the bus etc.
Have someone test you on exam style questions
Produce a pictogram on A3 to remember lots of details
Use past papers to get used to the exam style questions from the AQA website
Go through the different chapters of the revision guide. Concentrate on one double page at a time.
Make yourself some flash cards with information on to read on the bus

 

GCSE Electronic Products

This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of electronic components with appropriate materials to package the electronic circuit.

Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical opportunities this Specification offers. The packaging of the electronic circuit can include individually designed cases made from a range of resistant materials, textiles, card or recycled materials. Alternatively, candidates can purchase a commercially made case and modify the case to meet their project needs.

The course consists of two components: 

Unit 1: Written Paper  2 hours –120 marks – 40%

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%

Revision Tips:

BBC Bitesize: go on this and test yourself on theory topics. Keep testing yourself until you can get 100% in each area.

Technologystudent.com: This has lots of Electronics topics on it and can help if you are stuck at home. The most helpful part is the exam preparation sections.

Revision guides: Use your own revision book you have made in class this is a valuable tool for reference.

AQA Website: past papers.

Exam Board: AQA
Controlled   Assessment (Coursework)
60%
The controlled assessment is to be done in 45 hours, it encompasses making an electronic product and producing a concise design folder,   the majority of the Controlled Assessment must be done in school
Exam
40%
There is a single2 hour exam, with 120 marks available; the exam   follows the design process. Exams are ‘themed’ and some preparation material is given out in March.
Content
This course will allow candidates to specialise in the focus area of electronic products where they will learn about designing and making quality products using appropriate electronic components and construction methods. They will also have to case the circuitry using appropriate materials and processes. This course requires an interest in electronics and reasonable ability in Maths. A number of practice projects are undertaken in year 10 followed by Controlled Assessment in year 11.
Revision Resources
 - BBC Bitesize Electonics
 - Technology Student
 - GCSEPOD
Revision Techniques
Use revision cards and write out the answers, carry them around with you and revise when on the bus etc
Have someone test you on them.
Use past papers to get used to the exam style questions
Use GCSE POD to watch DVD clips of useful information
Learn your symbols and make yourself stickers for the fridge and around your home to remind you

 

BTEC Engineering

The course consists of:

written assignments and practical work-75%

Practical exam-25% Synoptic assessment in engineering enables learners to demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills with breadth and depth. The assessment will show learners’ ability to make connections between, and integrate, different topics of the unit content.

It is primarily for young people aged 14–19 years who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study. It has been developed to:

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector
  • give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the specialist units
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life
  • give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 engineering qualification
  • support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical. Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods. The qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course.

This qualification includes an externally assessed unit within the core. The assessment approach for the internally assessed units in the qualification structure enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria.

Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities, including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and presentations.

Revision and help with assignments:

Pearson Engineering revision guide ISBN 9781292150284

https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk

Exam Board: Edexcel
Unit   1
The Engineered World
Unit   2
Product Investigating an Engineered
Unit   7
Machining Techniques
Content
This qualification is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification across the field of engineering.  It has been developed to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare pupils for   employment or progression to Level 3.
The work undertaken is a mixture of ICT, practical workshop work, paperwork and exam.
It will give learners a more focussed understanding of engineering through the specialist units. The qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course.
We have workshop facilities at school and cover lathe work, milling, drilling, hand tools, casting and laser cutting. Students have the opportunity to experience simple workshop based projects to gain useful   engineering knowledge on which they can take forward post 16 to college and apprenticeships.
Revision Resources
Pearson Engineering revision guide ISBN 9781292150284
Revision Techniques
Use revision cards and write out the answers, carry them around with you and revise when on the bus etc.
Have someone test you on them.
Use past papers to get used to the exam style questions