Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Design & Technology Department

The Design & Technology Department delivers three discrete subject areas: Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles.

Our Aims and Objectives

Our Facilities

The Department is made up of six specialised rooms dedicated to delivering all aspects of D&T. They comprise of:

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five

AS & A2 DT: Food Technology - AQA Code: 2540 - Specifications

Course Content - What Will I Study

Students will study four units, 2 at AS level and 2 at A2 Level.

  • Unit 1 - Food 1: Materials, Components and Application.
    • Materials and Components: Nutrients, Water, Energy & Food Additives.
    • Design and Market Influences: Health Concerns & Health Promotion; Social factors: Family; Dietary Needs of Individuals: Life Stages, Special Diets, Lifestyles; Influences of Culture: Environmental Issues, Influences on Current Trends including the Media; Issues Affecting the Design of New Products; Design in practice: Product Development; Design Processes.
    • Processes and Manufacture: Food Safety and Hygiene; Health, Safety and Quality; Food Labelling.
  • Unit 2 - Food 2: Learning Through Designing and Making.
    • This is a Design and Make unit where knowledge of the AS subject content is applied to the design and making of your own product.
  • Unit 3 - Food 3: Design and Manufacture.
    • Materials and Components: Application of Food Science & Nutritional Principles to include: physical and chemical structures of the macro nutrients; working characteristics of ingredients and the effects these have on the physical & sensory attributes of food; effects of processing and cooking on ingredients; nutrition; micro-organisms and enzymes.
    • Design and Market Influences: Stages of Food Product Development; ICT: CAD & CAM; Marketing & Communication.
    • Processes and Manufacture: Health & Safety; Influences of Technology; Preservation and extending shelf life; Quality Assurance and Quality Control; Systems & Control; Legislation.
  • Unit 4 - Food 4: Design and Making Practice.
    • This is a Design and Make unit where knowledge of both the AS & A2 subject content is applied to the design and making of your own product.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

  • Unit 1: 2 hour written examination 25% of total marks
  • Unit 2: Coursework (Approx 50 hours) 25% of total marks
  • Unit 3: 2 hour Written examination; synoptic assessment 25% of total marks
  • Unit 4: Coursework (Approx 60 hours) 25% of total marks

AS & A2 DT: Product Design - OCR Codes: H053 & H453 - Specifications

Course Content - What Will I Study

Students will study four units, 2 at AS level and 2 at A2 Level.

  • Advanced Innovation Challenge - AS Level
    • The Advanced Innovation Challenge requires candidates to design and model in a design workshop or examination room and complete a workbook and question paper.
  • Product Study - AS Level
    • The Product Study consists of product analysis and product development, prototype modelling and testing.
  • Design, Make and Evaluate - A2 Level
    • Candidates are required to produce a coursework portfolio and product which fully demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills, using creativity, flair and innovation.
  • Product Design - A2 Level
    • The subject content of this unit is focused towards products and applications and their analysis in respect of:
      • Materials, components and their uses
      • Manufacturing processes
      • Industrial and commercial practices

How will my progress be tested and examined?

  • Advanced Innovation Challenge requires candidates to work with materials and be examined in either a supervised examination room or design workshop. Externally marked by OCR.
  • Product Study is a coursework unit. Internally marked, externally moderated by OCR.
  • Design, Make and Evaluate is a coursework unit. Internally marked, externally moderated by OCR.
  • Product Design is an externally marked written examination paper.

Progression - How will the study of Design & Technology benefit students’ future education and career?

  • Graphics
    • The Content of the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students, whether they wish to pursue the study of Design and Technology in the future or whether it will be their last experience of studying the subject.
    • For those students thinking of a possible career in a design based subject, the ideal progression would be to continue Design and Technology at AS and A2 in Product Design or Graphic Design.
  • Textiles
    • The practical skills and understanding of materials provide invaluable preparation for the future in many aspects of life, not least an awareness and ability to design and make your own clothes and other textile products.
    • You gain insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. This should prepare you to make informed choices about further learning opportunities and career choices.
    • There is a direct progression to further study in the area of textiles, such as A Level Textiles and on to a specialist degree in Fashion, whether it be in the creative design area or in fashion retail. An understanding of CAD and manufacture can lead to careers in areas such as computing.
    • Sustainable design and the impact of consumer choices on the environment is a very good introduction to many linked career areas which are increasingly more urgent in the 21st century.
  • Food & Nutrition
    • In the light on national concerns about the relationship between diet and health, more career options are opening. This course can lead to AS or A2 Home Economics or Food Technology and to degree courses in Home Economics, Food Science, Dietetics, Food Technology, Consumer Studies, Teaching.
    • Career paths include exciting opportunities in the food industry such as product development, product promotion, food photography, consumer or food journalism, and public relations. Vocational careers such as teaching, dietetics, health promotion, medicine nursing and social work.
  • Food Technology
    • This is a good foundation for those wishing to study a degree in Food Technology, Food Science, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Dietetics, or Consumer Studies. Some universities offer combined degrees.
  • Product Design
    • This course will enhance your skills in a range of areas related to design and build your skills of creativity, flair and innovation.
    • You will gain a good understanding of manufacturing processes and Industrial and commercial practices.
    • Students will have a good foundation for further study in a range of courses at University which could lead to careers in Manufacturing, Design and other linked disciplines.