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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

GCSE Technology

The department offers three courses at GCSE level. Each is designed to provide pupils with an insight into how products and deisnged and manufactured using a range of materials and processes. Controlled assessment in the form of designing and making activities form an integral part of all three courses and this is reflected in the way in which they are assessed.

GCSE Design and Technology - Resistant Materials (AQA)

This 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. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used in addition.

Pupils are reuired to undertake a design and make activity based on their choice of problem from a list of set tasks. In addition understanding of resistant materials and other course content is assessed via an end of term exam.

GCSE Manufacturing (CCEA)  

Through studying this specification, students gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the manufacturing industry;
  • the contribution that manufacturing makes to society and the economy;
  • commercial and industrial issues, and emerging technologies, in the context of manufacturing; and
  • environmental issues and sustainable manufacturing techniques.

Students develop and use a range of practical skills when designing and making manufactured products. They also develop design, computer-aided design (CAD) and technical skills, and evaluation and problem-solving skills. This is achieved through three units. Unit 1 involves students designing a solution to a prescribed problem. Unit 2 involves the manufacture of a prescribed product to a high degree of accuracy using supplied plans. Unit 3 explores a range of materials, processes and industrail practices and is assessed via an end of course exam.

This specification can help students progress to a BTEC National in Manufacturing or an A Level in Technology and Design. It also prepares them for work in the manufacturing industry, a modern apprenticeship or further education courses in manufacturing or engineering.

Further details can be found on the awarding body (CCEA) microsite.

GCSE Engineering (CCEA)

Bigger. Better. Faster. Higher. Smaller. Stronger. Longer. More durable. Less expensive. More efficient. Environmentally friendly. These are the challenges that have motivated engineering for centuries.

Engineering is the application of knowledge, mathematical and natural sciences, and practical experience to the design of useful objects and processes. It is, in short, the pursuit of economy, conservation and innovation.

Engineers strive to make science serve society by putting theory into practice. It can be said that engineering began with the very first tool fashioned by Paleolithic man 2 million years ago. Today its impact is immeasurable and its application for the future, limitless.

The course is delivered through three units. Unit 1 requires the production of a range of engineering drawings in response to a prescribed problem. Unit 2 requires the accurate production of a product in response to a prescribed specification. Unit 3 examines pupils understanding of engineering technology throug han end of course exam.

Further details can be found on the examining body (CCEA) microsite.