(Design & Technology Faculty)
Why Study Design and Technology: Electronics?
A video recorder that’s easy to programme or a calculator that fits into your pencil case…. good design makes things easier and more enjoyable to use. Electronics lessons give pupils the opportunity to investigate how well familiar products and devices work, and who they’re really aimed at. By answering questions such as ‘Is this the right tool for the job?’ they learn how to solve problems skillfully, creatively and with imagination.
The course will help you understand about the design and manufacture of Electronic products, making you more able to appreciate what has gone on before a product reaches the customer. It will help you to be creative in your approach and you will use computers to help with your design ideas and in manufacturing your product. You will learn about a range of materials that react to light, heat and pressure, alongside the more traditional material study within a Resistant Material Course.
Design & Technology: The National Curriculum
You will learn:
Develop ICT skills by learning how to use a computer to design, test and manufacture PCB’s.
Examples of Project Work -
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|GCSE D&T Electronics & Control Systems
This GCSE is an innovative and imaginative qualification reflecting the contemporary use of materials and information technology.
It will help you understand and appreciate the design of products and how they’re made. It will encourage you to recognise the contribution you can make to the environment in this area. What’s more, you’ll gain skills that will be useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study of Design and Technology and in life. This course includes looking at sustainable design, innovations in design and how future designs will impact on the world in which we live.
You’ll learn about using electronic components and materials to design and manufacture products. You’ll analyse products and the processes used to make them, and work practically with electronic components and computer simulation. The course will help you improve your ICT skills as you use computers and software to help you come up with design ideas and create products. You’ll also develop your designing, sketching, making and modelling skills.
A sound ability in Mathematics and Physics will enable you to cope well with this interesting and creative subject.
The course contains both written external assessed exams and internal assessed written controlled assessments. For each unit you will receive a grade from A* to G and then an overall grade for the whole course, which will be from A* to G.
Unit 1: Introduction to Design and Making
Internally assessed Controlled assessment 20 hours 30% of final grade.
Unit 2: Sustainable Design
Externally assessed Written exam 1 hour 20% of final grade.
Unit 3: Making quality products
Internally assessed Controlled assessment 20 hours 30% of final grade
Unit 4: Technical Aspects of Designing and Making
Externally assessed Written exam 1 Hour 15 minutes 20% of final grade.