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Three courses are available in Technology for those who enjoy designing and making products - Electronic Products, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products.
All Technology courses involve the design and making of a product that carries 60% of the marks towards the GCSE.  This Controlled Assessment Task represents about 40 hours of workshop time, and you will need to be prepared to spend time in the department outside lessons. The assessment scheme also consists of a written paper worth 40% of the marks.
All of the following courses are suitable to lead on to the Design and Technology: Product Design courses at AS and A2 level. 

Electronic Products (GCSE)

Developments in electronics are one of the key factors in creating the highly technological society we now live in.  Electronic components are found in millions of everyday products including children’s games, remote controls, mobile phones, robots, computers, iPods, cameras, washing machines and burglar alarms.

This course will help you to gain an understanding into how basic electronic systems work.  You will be taught about a variety of electronic components and how they work together to create useful circuits.

These include circuits that can detect changes in light, heat or moisture; ideal for designing products such as teenager’s cool automatic night lights, hypothermia alarms for elderly people, bath full alarm, and so on; alarm circuitry designs will enable you to create novelty bedroom alarms and bicycle alarms; digital electronic design construction will help you develop simple games and counters.

The course is classed as a practical science and does require a level of mathematics for calculations based on circuit values.  Formulae will be provided in the final examination and you are allowed to use a calculator to answer questions.  If you find mathematics very difficult this may not be the most suitable course for you and you are advised to look at the other Technology courses available.

It is an ideal subject for those interested in learning more about how products function or working in the field of electronics, electronic engineering or training as an electrician.

Graphic Products (GCSE)

Graphic Products is a course that is all about design using formal industrial drawings-such as orthographic projection, isometric projection, planometric projection and oblique projection which might not mean very much to you at the moment, but by the end of the course you will you be able to understand these types of drawings and be able to produce your own. Knowledge of them is essential if you want to move into the field of design or architecture in any industry or place of work.

Developing skills in computer aided design is a key skill that will be developed.  You will learn how to use programs such as ProDesktop, Sketch-up, 2D Design and Boxford CADCAM. 

IMG_1251You will be required to develop both a 2D design and a 3D design product using plastics and card.  Past projects include display stands for products, model buildings, packaging, promotional stands and games.

This course is suitable to lead on to the Design and Technology: Product Design courses at AS and A2 level. 

This course is ideal for those who enjoy drawing or would like to work in the field of product design or architecture.

Resistant Materials (GCSE)

This course is concerned with the designing and making of products using a range of resistant materials such as wood, metal and plastics.  The skills you have already gained in KS3 will be further developed and involve a range of new experiences in working, fabricating and joining materials.  You will become competent in the use of hand tools and machines such as lathes, pillar drills, milling machines, buffing wheels, CNC router and lathe.

Computer aided design will be a key aspect of your work in developing a marketable product that can be mass produced.  The choice of product will be entirely up to you.  Past products include the making of CD or DVD storage systems, small chairs, display stands, trophies for sports, bike maintenance stands, magazine racks, small tables and children’s toys.

This course is ideal for those who enjoy working with materials and being able to make or fix products which is both rewarding and saves money.  The course is also excellent for those planning to work in construction or engineering.