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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust

Key Stage 4

 In KS4 we offer a comprehensive selection of L2 subjects:

GCSE Design & Technology (Eduqas)

This is the course for you if...

You are creative, like solving problems and enjoy making things. GCSE Design and Technology is the ideal subject for you.

You will learn a wide range practical based skills, theory and technical understanding, all of which will give you valuable skills and knowledge for your chosen career or further education, whether that is in engineering, design, carpentry or the creative industries or similar. You will work independently and in groups, developing communication and thinking skills, valued by the business world. You will be able to use your imagination, knowledge and creativity to design and make innovative products, solving genuine problems.

We have great facilities and learning environment which provides stimuli for girls and boys, with a hands-on approach to Design and Technology.

What does the course involve?

In Year 10 - students will produce a range of products; learn about many processes, techniques and materials including woods, metals and plastics. They will learn and improve knowledge and skills in Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacture, designing, modelling, drawing, rendering, sketching, presentation, use of a range of tools, learn about designers and work on design competition. They will also familiarise themselves with laser-cutting, CAM routing and 3D printing.

In Year 11 - Unit 1 - Written Exam

A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing knowledge and understanding of Design & Technology

Unit 2 - Design and make task – Non-exam assessment: 35hrs

A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge, assessing students’ ability to:

* Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities

* Design and make prototypes

* Analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology

Students will individually design and make their own unique product.

How will my work be assessed?

Unit 1: Written Exam: 50%

Unit 2: Design & Make Task: 50%

What course can this lead to in Post-16?

This can lead on to A Level Design & Technology, which is welcomed by universities when applying for courses such as Architecture, Design, Engineering, Fashion and many more.

GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition (AQA)

Is this course for me?

The new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills.

It would appeal to students who are genuinely interested in food and enjoy practical work. The majority of the course will be delivered through practical experiences. Students taking this subject need to be sufficiently well organised to bring ingredients to College on a regular basis.

What does the course involve?

The majority of key learning will be covered in Year 10; students will extend their subject knowledge and learn new practical skills. The course will cover the following sections: Food Preparation Skills including:

* Food, Nutrition and Health

* Food Safety

* Food Science

* Food Provenance

* Food Choice

Students will begin Task 1 of the non-examination assessment at the start of Year 11. They will complete this in the Autumn Half-Term. They will complete Task 2 in the Spring Term.

How will my work be assessed?

What can this lead to?

The course covers basic life skills and is intended to be useful as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for all students.

It also links to a wide range of future careers including those in the food industry, catering and health and fitness.

Art & Design: Textiles (AQA)

Is this course for me?

Are you...

* Creative by nature?

* A unique stylist who likes expressing yourself?

* Interested in creating your own decorative techniques?

* Interested in creating something you could be proud of?

* Looking to develop making skills?

* Interested in designing your own original fabrics and textile products?

Then this is the course for you!

What does the course involve?

This is a highly creative and practical course where you will develop skills in exploring, creating and making. You will produce a selection of high-quality products using textile materials and learn how to communicate your ideas to others. You will learn a wide range of skills including:

* Colouring and decorating fabrics to your own design

* Surface embellishment

* Fabric manipulation and construction

* Product designing and making

Over the two years you will produce a range of outcomes and practical work and record it in a creative portfolio of work by drawing, using photographs and experiments. You will work through a wide range of skill based tasks each ending in a product for your 2 year portfolio.

You will continue to develop and extend the skills you have developed in this course and become adept at designing and creating your own unique outcomes. Themes could include, Urban Inspiration, Nature and Unconventional Materials.

Inspirational Trips

We include inspirational trips during the course, for students to gain primary research, this year we visited: the Creative Stitches Exhibition, Eden Project, the Victoria & Albert and London Fashion & Textiles museums.

How will my work be assessed?

* Component 1 60%: Portfolio including a sustained project that shows your intentions of a design from start to finish

* Component 2: 40%: Externally set assignment: sustained project preparing for and resulting in a 10 hour practical under supervision.

What courses can this lead to at Post-16?

This qualification is recognised by colleges and universities and would be a great foundation for A-Levels, especially our very popular Art Textiles course and all of the arts. The course could lead on to a full range of careers within the textile and design industry.

Come join our team in this exciting adventure!

Art & Design: Graphic Communication (AQA)

Is this course for me?

Are you...

* Creative by nature?

* Interested in Graphic Art?

* Interested in Photography, Photoshop and Print?

* Interested in creating something you could be proud of?

* Looking to develop making skills?

* Interested in designing your own original posters, magazine spreads, and logos?

Then this is the course for you!

What does the course involve?

This is a highly creative and practical course where you will develop skills in exploring, creating and making. You will produce a selection of high quality products using graphic techniques and learn how to communicate your ideas. You will learn a wide range of skills including:

* Hand-rendered working methods

* Digital Photography

* Print making

* Illustration

* Photoshop

Over the two years you will produce a range of outcomes and practical work and record it in a creative portfolio of work by drawing, using photographs and experiments. You will work through a wide range of skill-based tasks each ending in a product for your 2 year portfolio.

You will continue to develop and extend the skills you have developed in this course and become adept at designing and creating your own unique outcomes. Themes could include, Urban Inspiration, Beliefs and Nature.

How will my work be assessed?

* Component 1 60%: Portfolio including a sustained project that shows your intentions of a design from start to finish

* Component 2 40%: Externally set assignment: sustained project preparing for and resulting in a 10 hour practical under supervision.

What courses can this lead to at Post-16?

This qualification is recognised by colleges and universities and would be a great foundation for A-Levels. The course could lead on to a full range of careers within the graphic and design industry.

Come join our team in this exciting adventure!

Engineering: (BTEC)

Is this course for me?

Do you have an interest in design and the world around you? Do you like problem solving and developing real life solutions? Do you have the ability to be creative and apply mathematical thinking to problems? If so, then engineering could be the course for you.

What does the course involve?

* Four units are completed over this two-year course including three centre assessed units and a one hour written paper. The centre assessed units include a number of practical skills projects and portfolio of evidence. Students will be taught how to use large scale industrial equipment including lathes, milling machines and laser cutters to manufacture metal, plastic and timber-based products. They will produce a detailed set of procedures for the quality control of engineered products that would be used in ‘real world’ situations and be introduced to lean manufacturing processes.

* Student knowledge and understanding of engineering materials and processes will be explored in this subject. Through theory and practical lessons, they will experience how different materials work and can be modified using a range of manufacturing skills and equipment. There will be the opportunity to compare how products are manufactured by hand and through CNC production systems. Materials used include metals, alloys, timber and polymers.

How will my work be assessed?

* Internal assessment - portfolio of evidence from the three units of work. This will be graded by centre staff and externally moderated by the exam board.

* External assessment – Exam. This will be graded by the exam board. Learners must be successful in both types of assessment to achieve the qualification.

What courses can this lead to at Post 16?

Level 2 Engineering / Product Design A Level.

Career pathways

Engineering, manufacturing, product design, architecture, construction, joinery, design or manufacturing based apprenticeships.