Conisborough College Entrance


Key Stage 3 Technology

In your Technology lessons in Year 7 you will work with a range of materials. These will include resistant materials such as wood and plastics, textiles and food. You will also learn valuable designing skills.

Over three years you will work with different teachers, each expert in the area that they teach. With each teacher you will complete a project for each material area, during which you will design and make a product. You will be using a range of machines so it is important that you behave responsibly and safely.

In Years 8 and 9 you will continue to develop the skills you have gained in Year 7, as well as learning some new ones. The products that you will make will become increasingly adventurous.

Technology is an important area of the curriculum as design affects all areas of our life.

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GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

Course Content:

The course consists of 50% coursework and a 50% written exam paper. This component will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions and will assess the six areas of content as listed in the specified GCSE content.

Section A: questions based on stimulus material.

Section B: structured, short and extended response questions to assess content related to food preparation and nutrition.

Component 2: Food Preparation and Nutrition in Action Non-examination assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated.

Projects you will complete:

  • Demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks.
  • Understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health.
  • Understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, and diet and health choices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food.
  • Understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.

To do well in this option you should:

  • Enjoy investigating the science of ingredients, adapt recipes and making different dishes from round the world.
  • Be prepared to plan your work carefully and take time to make quality dishes
  • Be prepared to pay toward the cost of the weekly shopping ingredients needed for your practical learning. (approx. £10 per week for ingredients)
  • Appreciate cultural ingredients and be able to identify what makes a food desirable and healthy
  • Be prepared to learn how to research and communicate your findings and ideas.

Examination Details:

The course consists of 50% coursework and a 50% written exam paper.

Career Opportunities:

Healthy Promotions Officer, Dietician, Farm Manager, Livestock Technician, Waiter/Waitress, Chef, Food Buyer, Food Technologist, Food Technology Teacher, Child Care Worker, Food Stylist, Marketing Manager, Environment Health Officer


GCSE Design & Technology

Course Content:

The Design and Technology GCSE has changed. Product design, Textiles and Graphics are now combined under one course which combines Mathematics, English and Science. The new specification gives you the freedom to explore all material areas. You will have the chance to combine your imagination, artistic and practical skills as you design, make prototypes, make and promote various products. The equipment available for this course including computer aided design and manufacturing is state of the art and provides an ideal preparation for careers in Design and Engineering.

The course follows the AQA Design & Technology specification. This is made up of 50% coursework – 35 hours, with the remaining 50% in the form of an extensive 2 hour theory exam that covers all material areas at the end of Year 11.

This course will be taught through the completion of a range of design-and-make projects which will give you the chance to make quality products and learn new design and making skills. Theory lessons will run parallel to the coursework to help develop the skills needed to make the projects.

To do well in this option you should:

  • be prepared to carry out detailed in depth research
  • enjoy designing and making products
  • test, evaluate and modify in order to improve the suitability of your prototypes.
  • be prepared to plan your work carefully and take time to make quality things
  • appreciate design and be able to identify what makes a product desirable
  • be prepared to learn how to communicate your ideas by sketching, evaluating and annotating your design ideas on paper and by using computer graphics.

Examination Details:

This is made up of 50% coursework with the remaining 50% in the form of a 2 hour theory exam at the end of Year 11.

Career Opportunities:

Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Interior design, Joiner, Carpenter, Jewellery Design, Furnishings.

For more information on this or other specific subjects, please contact the relevant Curriculum Lead via email using the Staff List

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