As preparation for the generation of design ideas and
technical drawings that students undertake in subsequent modules, this unit of
work introduces students to the basic principles of 2D / 3D sketching, colour
rendering and more formal technical drawing techniques such as perspective,
isometric and orthographic projection.
There is strong emphasis placed on quality of presentation, including
the initial practice of setting out work neatly with borders, block capital
text boxes and use of feint construction line work.
Structures, forces and bridges
Students learn how different forces affect structures in
various ways and how further engineering such as the principles of
triangulation and cantilevers add structural stability. Students learn to distinguish the various
types of bridge and eventually undertake a team activity where small groups
design and manufacture a bridge using basic modelling materials. The bridges are then tested to see how
effectively they support a given load.
This unit of work also acts as a basic introduction into measuring,
marking out, fabrication and safe practices.
Students are able to apply basic drawing and presentation
techniques learnt previously to enable them in designing a clock face made from
acrylic, with the possibility of incorporating a stand section. Students learn to conduct first hand
investigation in order to examine and record the sizes / dimensions of a clock
mechanism to enable suitable designs to be generated. Students then learn basic manufacturing
skills such as measuring, marking out, cutting, finishing edges and
fabrication, with a strong emphasis on safe working practices. The finished products are then tested and
This module introduces students to the basic principles of
food preparation, nutrition and considers different types of food groups. In preparing and cooking a variety of
different meals, students also learn other basic life skills such as weights
and measures, hygienic practices and working safely.
Snapper (litter picker)
Students learn how basic mechanisms such as levers and
linkages are able to reduce the effort needed to move loads and how types of
movement may be changed from input to output.
The module teaches students how anthropometric data is used in
developing sizes and how ergonomic considerations improve the safety and
function of products. Students further
develop their manufacturing skills, this time working with plywood. Finished products are tested and evaluated
with use of user opinion to determine further modifications.
Mobile phone docking station
Students are encourage to show imagination and creativity in
this module while initially working in a structured way. Following on from research and the generation
of initial design ideas, students produce comb joints cut into pre-prepared
sections of plywood; it is at this stage that they explore different ways in
which to take the design forward to change and enhance it. Students also learn how plastics (HIPs in
particular) can be formed into different shapes by vacuum forming and line
This module looks at a wider variety of dishes and how they
can be enhanced with additional ingredients such as herbs, spices, oils,
various pulses, fruit and vegetables.
Previously acquired skills are developed further and added-to such as
safe storage of food to avoid contamination, safe use of knives and how
presentation can enhance a dish.
Students also take part in taste testing activities and research, as
well as cook, various world foods.
Students learn how electronic circuits may be incorporated
into products as well as the basic function of circuits and electronic
components. The module involves further
design to develop and manufacture an acrylic casing that is either line bent or
heated fully in an oven and shaped using a former. Students also make a support chassis from
plywood sections that must house the main circuit. Students are required to consider the size
and placement of their circuits, speaker, switch etc. in developing a quality
product. During the design stage,
students are taught how to use the CAD program, SolidWorks to visually present
their final design in a variety of ways.
Over the course of two terms, students follow a shortened
version of the GCSE coursework process in order to design, develop, manufacture
and evaluate a quality desk tidy based upon a design movement of their
choice. The module looks at further
areas of the design process in more depth.
Further manufacturing skills are also developed including use of centre
lathes, cutting internal threads, working with and joining unlike
materials. Students who intend studying
DT at GCSE level are expected to present their final developed design work