Resistant Materials, Construction & Engineering

Key Stage 4: GCSE Resistant Materials

Why study Resistant Materials?

This course will encourage you to design and make products adding you own personal creativity, originality and flair, while using a wide range of materials and techniques. You will be inspired and challenged by the range of practical activities possible using woods, metals, plastics, new smart materials and new technologies to complete the course.

What will I study?

In this AQA course you will teach you how to use your personal creativity to design and make new and innovative products. You will learn how to correctly use an array of different practical skills, tools, and equipment from the basic Tenon Saw to the modern 3D printers to complete activitiesWhat happens in lessons?

Within lessons, you will develop your reading, writing, analytical and communication skills through critically evaluating texts. You will also complete a spoken language unit (previously speaking and listening) which will emphasise the importance of the wider benefits that speaking and listening skills have for your future. The unit will draw on engaging tasks leading to a single summative assessment.

What happens in lessons?

    • The majority of learning in Y10 will be practical based with small sections of written and design work to record and develop key skills ready for Y11.
    • The rest of the course is split roughly 50/ 50 between designing and making projects.

Contact Mr M Brown/ Mr A Thomas for further information.

How will I be assessed?

Controlled Assessment (60% of mark) You will design and make a product made chosen from a list of tasks from woods, metals, and plastics and submit an design portfolio that evidences your progress through the task.

Exam (40%) Questions that will test your knowledge on materials such as wood, metal, plastics and on how products are designed and manufactured.

 

What skills will I need?

  • A love of practical based learning using wood, metals and plastics and a range of other materials.
  • Determination to be imaginative and creative when designing products using a range of different 2D and 3D modelling skills.

Some ability to use different workshop based tools and processes with some accuracy

Key Stage 4: Level 1/2 Engineering

Why study Engineering?

This course is a mainly practical based qualification that will develop your ability to manufacture engineered products by using a wide range of hand and machine skills. You will develop skills that will enable you to contribute to many disciplines and open up career paths including sciences, design, engineering, manufacturing and teaching. This course is also a desirable qualification for students wishing to take on an engineering apprenticeship post 16.

What will I study?

In this WJEC course you we will teach you how to analyse an engineered product to identify manufacturing criteria such as the correct material to be used. You will learn how to read engineering drawings and be able to create a working plan of instructions that could be used to make the product from. You will then learn how to complete a range of both hand and machine operations such as turning, milling, brazing, casting and welding so that you can independently produce products from your plansWhat happens in lessons?

Within lessons we will focus on exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings. Novels such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein and A Christmas Carol will also allow us to bring drama and discussion into the lessons as well as more focussed analysis of language, structure and dramatic techniques.

What happens in lessons?

    • The majority of learning in Y10 will be practical based with small sections of written and planning work to record and develop key skills ready for Y11assessments.
    • The rest of the course is split roughly 50/ 50 between mainly written assessment and making.

Contact Mr A Thomas for further information.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 (engineering design)   The purpose of this unit is for learners to analyse engineered products in order to propose design solutions to meet requirements.

Unit 2 (practical unit)   The purpose of this unit is for learners to use their practical skills developed to produce an engineered product of the exam board’s choice.

Unit 3(written exam) The purpose of this exam is for learners to use their knowledge and understanding of engineering processes and material properties to solve problems.

 

What skills will I need?

    • A love of practical based learning using metals and plastics and a range of other materials.
    • Determination when designing products to solve engineering problems using a range of different 2D and 3D modelling skills.
    • Some ability to use different workshop based tools and processes with some accuracy.

Key Stage 4: Level 1/2 Construction

Why study Construction?

This course is a mainly practical based qualification that will develop your ability to carry out a range of different construction activities needed to refurbish a small scale property. The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as in maths and the sciences, could provide you with opportunities to access a range of post 16 qualifications routes including A level, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications.

What will I study?

In this WJEC course you we will teach you basic construction practical skills in carpentry, brickwork and electrical installation that could be used to refurbish a small property. Through the practical work you will learn about health and safety and how to minimise risks when working with dangerous equipment. You will gain knowledge in the different activities and jobs that are carried out in Construction industry and develop the skills needed to plan straightforward built environment development projects.

What happens in lessons?

    • The majority of learning in Y10 will be practical based with small sections of written and planning work to record and develop key skills ready for Y11assessments.
    • The rest of the course is split roughly 50/ 50 between mainly written assessment and practical work.

Contact Mr A Thomas/ Mr M Brown for further information.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 (Written Exam-Safety and security in construction)   Learners will gain the knowledge and understanding to be able to plan how to minimise risk to their own and others health and safety in different contexts.

Unit 2 (practical unit)   Through this unit learners will be able to use technical information to plan the refurbishment of a building, taking account of health and safety issues. They will use carpentry, electrical and brickwork skills to carry out the refurbishment.

Unit 3(Planning unit) You will use learning from the development of practical skills and health and safety requirements of construction processes and gain the knowledge and understanding needed to plan straightforward built environment development projects.

What skills will I need?

  • A love of practical based learning using a range of construction based materials.
  • Determination when solving problems particularly when using skills related to literacy, numeracy, and enterprise.
  • An ability to use different workshop based tools safely and with some accuracy.