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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Technology

As we live in a high technology society it is fair to say that our way and quality of life as well as our standard of living is dependent to a large extent upon the manufacture of sophisticated products and, of course, all of these have to be designed. Technology & Design is an exciting subject which provides opportunities for pupils to solve all sorts of problems in a practical way by designing and making things.

 

KS3 Overview

Here in the TD Department of St John the Baptist’s, pupils will develop skills in:

Materials: working with wood, metal and plastic

Graphics: 2D and 3D drawing techniques

CAD: Computer Aided Drawing (Solidworks package)

Fabrication: Joining materials using the most appropriate method Finishing techniques: Producing a high quality finish on a range of materials

Energy and control

Working with tools and machinery is an important part of this subject.  Pupils gain experience and confidence working in a safe, controlled and enjoyable environment.

KS4 Overview

Construction

This is one of two vocational qualifications offered by the Technology department. It is designed to be accessible with learners of all abilities and provides them with the practical skills and basic knowledge required to manufacture items made from solid timber and manufactured board.

This Occupational Studies qualification is targeted at learners working towards and at Level 1 and 2 within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It is a Single Award accredited by CEA and involves pupils completing two units within the one year. The Units offered by St John the Baptist’s College are outlined below.

Unit 1

Carpentry and Joinery (1)

This unit requires the learner to demonstrate in a practical way the ability to use basic Carpentry and Joinery hand tools safely. Pupils will also manufacture a range of products incorporating a wide range of joints and joining methods.

Unit 2

Carpentry and Joinery (2)

This unit requires the learner to demonstrate in a practical way the ability to use an increased number of Carpentry and Joinery hand tools and basic hand-held power tools. Pupils will also learn basic techniques of cutting, boring and planning to produce construction related components.

Engineering

This is one of two vocational qualifications offered by the Technology department. It is designed to be accessible with learners of all abilities and provides them with the practical skills and basic knowledge required to manufacture components in metal.

This Occupational Studies qualification is targeted at learners working towards and at Level 1 and 2 within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It is a Single Award accredited by CEA and involves pupils completing two units within the one year. The Units offered by St John the Baptist’s College are outlined below.

Unit 3

Manufacturing Techniques

Fabrication (Sheet Metal Work)

This unit requires the learner to demonstrate in a practical way the ability to cut, form, and join sheet metal. It is anticipated that these processes will include using hand tools such as shears, guillotines, hammers, files, hacksaw, folding machines, drills and measuring equipment such as rule, square and protractor.

Unit 4

Manufacturing Techniques

Assembly (HandFitting)

This unit requires the learner to demonstrate in a practical way the ability to use hand tools such as hack saws, files, square, hammers, centre punch, tap and die, scribers, spanners and screwdrivers. The unit also requires the learner to demonstrate the ability to measure accurately using measuring equipment such as rules, verniers, gauges and micrometers.

 

GCSE Resistant Materials

This is offered at the College to Key Stage 4 pupils as a two year GCSE course taken through the AQA examining body.

The specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. The specification is also designed to foster awareness amongst candidates, of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing.

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G.

The assessment is divided into 2 components:

Design and Making Practice (60%)

Written paper (40%)

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