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    • Art

      WJEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Art and Design

      Interested in Art & Design? Are you passionate, creative and interested in using a wide variety of materials to create work? Whether your skill is drawing, painting, graphics, textiles or 3D work Art & Design could be the course for you!

      What Will I learn?

      Art & Design will inevitably enhance your creativity. It will teach you to take ownership of your own work and improve your thinking skills. You will develop your ideas through investigations and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding. Refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. Record your ideas, observations and insights relevant to your intentions, in visual and/or other forms. You will present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

      What skills do I need?

      You will need to be enthusiastic and be willing to improve your drawing ability. You must understand how to use line, tone and texture in your work. You will learn to use a variety of materials and techniques in your work and understand the process of creating a final piece.

      Key Subject Aims

      The WJEC GCSE Art & Design qualification enables students to:

      • actively engage in Art & Design
      • make decisions, combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to investigate and create works of Art
      • explore ways in which contextual knowledge and materials can influence your ideas
      • develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
      • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies
      • develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between artists, designers and craftspeople

      How will I be assessed?

      The course is split into two parts:

      40%    marks awarded for the Practical Test - This test may be undertaken on any aspect of the course at the discretion of the candidate.

      60% marks awarded for the Coursework.

      Marks will be awarded in both the practical exam and in the coursework according to the specification set by the WJEC. These break down into four assessment objectives, evidence must be produced for all four areas.

      The coursework portfolio should consist of a sketchbook/visual diary and at least four sheets of preparatory work leading up to two separate final pieces, arrived at by different processes but based on the same common theme.  The preparatory sheets should explain the process of development that have taken place to produce the end products. There must also be an element of contextual study where artists and craftsmen are studied and acknowledged as influences on the presented work, with appropriate notation made on the preparation sheets and/or sketchbook.

      Homework will be set on a two week basis, they will be related to the individuals theme and will be an integral part of their coursework.

      What happens after this course?

      On completion of the GCSE we offer an AS/A level course n Fine art, this is a very successful course that can lead onto exciting opportunities for further education in the arts or adds value and a breadth of study to those who are following a different route.

      Job Opportunities:

      Careers available to those who study Art are wide and varied. Graphic designers, animation, ceramic artists, illustrator, fashion designer, Make-up artist, interior designer, work in the media, web designer and photographer to name but a few.

      • D&T

        WJEC Level 1/2 GCSE Design and Technology

        GCSE Design and Technology (formerly Product Design and Engineering)

        Interested in design and making products? Interested in 3D Printing technology? Like to sketch, draw and be creative? Interested in the engineering principles used in the manufacture of everyday products? Interested in design and innovation? Interested in material technology?

        If so, then Design and Technology is for you!

        The specification enables learners to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise, in order to:

         

        • demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place within contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice

        • develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values

        • use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing

        • develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas whilst designing and making

        • communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing

        • develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing their own project work

        • develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes

        • be ambitious and open to explore and take design risks in order to stretch the development of design proposals, avoiding clichéd or stereotypical responses

        • consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products

        • demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology

        • use key design and technology terminology including those related to: designing, innovation and communication; materials and technologies; making, manufacture and production; critiquing, values and ethics

        What Will I learn?

        This course is split into two distinct areas coursework and an exam.

        Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21stCentury  

        Written examination: 2 hours

        50% of qualification

        A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing   questions assessing candidates' knowledge and understanding of:

         technical principles

         designing and making principles along with their ability   to

         analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues   in design and technology.

         

        Component 2: Design and make task

        Non-exam assessment: approximately 35 hours

        50% of qualification

        A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual   challenge set by WJEC, assessing candidates' ability to:

         identify, investigate and outline design possibilities

         design and make prototypes

         analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues   in design and technology.

         

         

        Technical Principles taught for Unit 1

         

        There are 5 key areas:

        Core knowledge and understanding is presented in five clear and distinct topic areas:

         design and technology and our world

         smart materials

         electronic systems and programmable components

         mechanical components and devices

         materials

         

        In addition the following are also delivered and an in-depth knowledge and understanding will be expected about

         

        a. electronic systems, programmable components & mechanical devices

        b. papers & boards

        c. natural & manufactured timber

        d. ferrous & non-ferrous metals

        e. thermoforming & thermosetting polymers

         

        What skills do I need?

        This WJEC GCSE in Design and Technology requires students to:-

        • To be able to design creatively
        • Have the ability to design and make products
        • Use primary and secondary machine tools
        • Use traditional and power hand tools
        • Apply systems and control, computer-aided      design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), digital media and new      technologies (where appropriate)
        • Be able to analyse and evaluate processes and      products 

         Key Subject Aims

        The WJEC GCSE in Design and Technology qualification enables students to:

        • Develop manufacturing knowledge and the use      modern technologies such as 3D printing/Rapid Prototyping.
        • actively engage in design and technology
        • make decisions, consider sustainability and      combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and      make quality products
        • explore ways in which aesthetic, technical,      economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape      designing and making
        • analyse existing products and produce      practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their      impact on quality of life
        • develop decision-making skills through      individual and collaborative working
        • understand that designing and making reflect      and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on      lifestyle
        • develop skills of creativity and critical      analysis through making links between the principles of good design,      existing solutions and technological knowledge. 

        How will I be assessed?

        1. Unit 1 is externally assessed through a 2 hour      examination paper (50%)
        2. Unit 2 is internally assessed under controlled      conditions (50%)

        Key features and benefits are:-

        • The qualification is broken down into two units
        • Detailed unit content for both units
        • Opportunities for students to complete      a full design and make task
        • One examination      paper that targets grades A* to G (. 

         

        Unit 1 - Exam

        Unit 2 - Coursework

        Task

        Examination = 120 minutes

        35hr Design and Make Project

        GCSE Weighting

        50%

        50%

        Linear course, meaning that coursework (60%) is submitted following internal moderating. End of year 11 examination (40%)

        What happens after this course?

        Pupils who are successful in attaining A*-D at GCSE are fully expected to consider Design and Technology A level. The opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding offers vast avenues into University to study, Engineering and Product Design.

        Then onto University to study Engineering, Product Design, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and many more

        http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/product-design-bsc

        http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/lds/ug/product-design-technology/

        http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/manufacturingfutureslab/productdesign

        http://www.bangor.ac.uk/courses/undergrad/courses/W240-Product-Design/

        Job Opportunities:

        Architect, Engineer, Product Designer, Joiner, Tool maker, Product tester, Product Analyst, Quality control manager, CNC Machinist/specialist, CAD/CAM, Designer, Product Researcher, Automotive Engineering, Civil Engineering, Building services, Construction, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Entrepreneur, Project Manager, D&T Teacher, Aviation Engineering, Animator and a Designer

        Teacher in Charge:

        Mr S.Holdsworth (Head of Faculty), T7

        Mr Thomas, T6

        Further details at

        http://www.thingiverse.com/

        http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-product-design-4555

        http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/plan_your_visit/exhibitions/3d_printing_the_future.aspx

        • Catering (2017 - Food and Nutrition)

          Note 2017 - WJEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE Food and Nutrition)

          WJEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Catering

          What will I learn?

          This is an ideal course for pupils who wish to enter the catering industry and also for those who would like to develop their cookery skills for use within the home.  The course provides a suitable basis for further study at 16+ and progression opportunities into other qualification within catering. 

          Course content  

          1.     The Catering Industry

          • Types of outlets
          • Vocational opportunities with the industry
          • Safety at work
          • Health and Hygiene
          • Food Poisoning
          • Working Practices

          2.     Nutrition and Menu Planning

          • Nutrition
          • Menu Planning
          • Commodities
          • Costing Meals

           3.     Food Production

          • Catering Terminology
          • Food Preparation
          • Food Presentation
          • Food and Beverage Service

          4.     Technological Developments

          • Kitchen Design
          • Equipment
          • Food Processing
          • Packaging
          • Labelling
          • Computer Application

          Homework

          Students are expected to produce homework and revise for tests every week.

          How will I be assesses?

          The assessment criteria will consist of:

          1. a theory paper at the end of the course, 40%
          2. two practical assessments, 60%

          Teacher assessment will be moderated by the Board.  

          i. Theory (40%)

          This will be a written paper of 2 hours’ duration taken at the end of the course.  All questions will be compulsory.

          There will be two tiered papers, candidates will be entered for one.

          Paper 1  -  Foundation tier covering grades G to C

          Paper 2  -  Higher tier covering grades D to A*.

          ii. Practical Assessment (60%)

          Class teachers will assess this work.  Candidates will be expected to complete two tasks. A record of each assessment for each candidate must be submitted on forms supplied by the Board.  One assessment will take place during the first half of the course and the second assessment must be completed during the latter part of the Spring Term in the final year. 

          What happens next?

          Pupils who successful in attaining A*-D, should consider taking Home Economics (Food, Nutrition and Health) as an AS option. It is recommended that candidates have attained communication and literacy skills at a level equivalent to GCSE grade C in English.

          Candidates will have an understanding of a variety of issues including nutrition, food production, food safety and hygiene, social and environmental issues and family and society issues.

          Job Opportunities:

          Chef, Dietician, Confectioner, Head Chef, Sous Chef, Duty Manager, Waiting staff, Executive chef, Nutritionist, Catering manager, Project Manager,

          • Child Development

            WJEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Home Economics: Child

            What will I learn?

            1. Family and Child

            Types of families, Functions/responsibilities of families, Roles of family, Relationships, Disability, Support for Family and Child 

            2. Food and Health

            Principles of a healthy diet, Dietary aims and goals, Special dietary needs, Food safety 

            3. Pregnancy

            Preparation for pregnancy, Foetal development, Ante natal care, Birth of the baby, Post Natal Care 

            4. Physical Development

            Stages of Physical Development, Factors affecting Physical Development 

            5. Intellectual Development

            Stages of intellectual development, Learning Aids, Learning through Play, Types of Play, Factors affecting Learning 

            6. Social and Emotional Development

            Stages of Social Development, Factors affecting Social Development, Stages of Emotional Development, Factors affecting Emotional Development

            Course Content

            The course would also be suitable for those who are interested in learning how children develop from conception to the age of five years. 

            How will I be assessed?

            Unit 1

            Unit 2

            Unit 3

            Written paper (40%)

            Child Focussed task (30%)

            Child Study (30%)

            Written paper (40%). This is a 1½ hour paper. All questions will be compulsory and will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from all areas of the course.

            Child Focused Task (30%). This will be set by the board and will be carried out under controlled conditions during year 11. Candidates will be expected to complete a piece of investigational work with a practical outcome, which will be in Textiles or Food. Fifteen hours will be available to do this work.

            Child Study (30%) – internally assessed and externally moderated. This will take the form of a child study. It must demonstrate observation of a child or a group of children over a period of time. Candidates will be expected to carry out educational activities with a child/children e.g. rhymes, songs, finger play, painting etc. The child observation will be carried out over a period of three months during year 10 and a report of the observation written at school. (Each pupil will need to know a child of under five years of age in order to do this section of the course). 

            Job Ideas:

            The course would be ideal for those who wish to work with children in the future.

            What happens after this course?

            It also provides the ideal basis for further study at 16+ and progression opportunities into other qualification in the childcare industry.

            • Engineering

              Note - This course will be replaced by Design and Technology in 2017.

              AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Engineering

              What will I learn?

              This course is intended to be an introduction to Engineering and allow students to develop engineering related skills and an understanding of principles of the subject.  Candidates are challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and also gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing.

              Success in this course should complement the demands of the A-level Product Design: Resistant Material course as well as provide the skills for those who seek a career that leads to further technical or academic engineering qualifications. 

              Candidates will learn about:

              1.      Design skills:

              • Investigate functional requirements of a product
              • Consider through research the most appropriate modern manufacturing technique and material to be used to manufacture a range of products
              • Use the design process to generate ideas/possible design solutions for an engineered product
              • Produce a solution expressed as a drawing/model
              • Use simple sketches and formal drawings consistent with standard conventions to produce a range of scaled drawings e.g. Orthographic Projection, Isometric views, exploded views etc.
              • Use Computer Aided Design for modelling and presentation purposes
              • Use 3D models to present their ideas
              • Learn about polymers, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, alloys, composites and ceramics

               2.      Engineering Processes

              How materials are

              • shaped and formed, machined, treated, given a surface finish
              • re-cycled and re-used
              • the cost, availability and forms Using tools and equipment
                • Understanding the reasons for the selection and use of specified materials, components, processes, tools and equipment
                • Working safely
                  • Identification of Health and Safety issues including the use of Personal Protective Equipment
                  • Quality issues – tolerances and using accurate measurement systems
                    • Planning and organisation – organising the work, planning sequences of operations
                    • Produce production plans - Manufacturing to a production plan, which is related to the production of a “one–off” or limited batch production of an engineering product
                    • Analyse and revise the completed project, taking into account how it could be improved

              What skills do I need?

              This GCSE in Design and Technology: Engineering requires students to:-

              • An awareness of Engineering principles and drawing conventions
              • The ability to be able to design creatively
              • Demonstrate an ability to make products
              • Have the ability to apply systems and control, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), digital media and new technologies (where appropriate)
              • Be able to analyse and evaluate processes and products 

              Key Subject Aims:

              Candidates following this type of GCSE course are creative problem solvers that are able to find solutions to address Engineering problems.  These candidates are able to work independently and within a team to find the most suitable solution.  They are motivated, disciplined and adept with a range of hand tools.  They have an aptitude for using engineering machinery and are confident in using them to achieve a high level of accuracy.

              How will I be assessed?

              Unit 1    - This  written examination takes place during the year 11 summer examination series. A preparation sheet for the focussed area of research for the examination will be given to you on or after 1 March to help you with your preparation.  The research topic will count for almost half of the examination paper and it is crucial that candidates prepare well for this.

              Unit 2    - This Design and Manufacturing project – candidate solve a specific engineering problem and must identify, through research, all the engineering and design principles within their chosen set task.  They will provide a design solution and produce a wide range of sketches and drawings.  In depth knowledge of materials and engineering processes will be used to influence the design and planning stages. 

              This is known as a Controlled Assessment task and most work will be completed in class rather than at home.  There are strict deadlines to adhere to.

              This is a linear course, therefore, resulting in final moderation at the end of their two year study. Coursework and exam are both externally assessed.

              Candidates:

              • are actively engaged in the processes of engineering and develop their skills accordingly

              • understand the contribution that engineering makes to society and the economy

              • develop an awareness and appreciation of commercial and industry issues as well as emerging technologies in the context of engineering

              • develop and use a range of transferable skills when designing and making engineered

              products to enable them to become effective and independent learners

              • develop an awareness and understanding of environmental issues and sustainability

              • develop applied engineering skills as a foundation for future learning and progression

              What happens after this course?

              Pupils who are successful in attaining A*-D at GCSE are fully expected to consider Product Design: Resistant Materials at A level. The opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding within Engineering, Product Design offers vast avenues into University to study through a variety different Engineering and Product Design courses.

              Job Ideas:

              Architect, Engineer, Product Designer, Joiner, Tool maker, Product tester, Product Analyst, Quality control manager, CNC Machinist/specialist, CAD/CAM, Designer, Product Researcher, Automotive Engineering, Civil Engineering, Building services, Construction, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Entrepreneur, Project Manager, D&T Teacher, Aviation Engineering, Animator and a Designer

              • Media Studies

                Media Studies

                WJEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Media Studies

                What will I learn?

                All GCSE Media Studies specifications are designed to enable candidates to:

                • Develop investigative, critical thinking and decision-making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to learners and to the world in which they live
                • Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives
                • Develop their practical and creative skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity
                • Understand how to use media concepts and ideas to analyse media productions in their various contexts 

                RATIONALE

                The WJEC Media Studies specification is designed to allow media students to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to explore as well as to create media.  It enables them to explore and create a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, organisations and audiences/users.  These concepts are reflected in the specification’s framework for exploring and creating all media. 

                This framework is based on three interdependent study areas

                • The products of the media – media texts (explored in terms of genre, narrative and representation)
                • The organisations behind those texts (explored in terms of production, distribution and regulatory issues) and
                • The audiences for, and users of, those texts

                How will I be assessed?

                 

                Unit 1

                Unit 2

                Task

                Thinking about the Media

                Creating for the media: Investigating and Producing

                GCSE Weighting

                40%

                60%

                Unit 1 40% Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning

                Section A: Thinking about the media – Investigating

                Investigating will assess candidates on their knowledge and understanding of the set topic in relation to the main areas from the specification framework.  Candidates will respond to stimulus material chosen by WJEC.

                Section B: Thinking about the media – Planning

                Planning will assess candidates’ planning and creative skills through a series of creative tasks demonstrating an awareness of the convergent nature of contemporary media.

                Unit 2 Creating for the media: Investigating and Producing

                The controlled assessment consists of:

                Three pieces of work from at least two different media:

                • Two textual investigations on two different media areas (one must be print-based) (20%) and
                • One media production consisting of research, planning, the production itself and an evaluation of the production (40%)

                Note: A minimum of three topics must be studied.

                • One textual investigation may be based on the topic specified for Unit 1.
                • The second textual investigation must be based on a different media topic
                • Neither textual investigation may be based on the production topic
                • The production must not be based on the topic specified for Unit 1

                These topics must involve study of a minimum of three different media, including at least one print-based and one audio-visual based form. Examples of different media will thus include:

                • Film
                • Television
                • Animated film
                • Radio
                • Magazines
                • Music videos
                • Websites
                • And computer games

                What Skills do I need?

                There are no specific requirements for prior learning with this specification.  It builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired at Key Stages 1-3 in a wide range of subjects.  These subjects will include English, where at Key Stage 3 students are given opportunities to analyse and evaluate a wide range of moving image and media material.

                Job Ideas?

                Job opportunities to consider following successful completion of this course are:

                • Media planner
                • Multimedia specialist
                • Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
                • Public relations officer
                • Runner, broadcasting/film/video
                • Television/film/video producer
                • Advertising account executive
                • Broadcast journalist
                • Information officer
                • Magazine journalist
                • Market researcher
                • Writer