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Hilbre High School Humanities College

Hilbre High School
Humanities College


Technology in the National Curriculum:

Technology in the National Curriculum provides a positive and stimulating approach to technological capability by concentrating on designing and making in various materials (wood, plastic, metal, food, textiles).

At Hilbre we concentrate on the development of traditional skills through the design approach. All students will be provided with this opportunity at Key Stages 3 and 4. CAD/CAM will also be incorporated into student’s projects.

At Key Stage 4 all students have the opportunity to choose an approved GCSE course in Design Technology.

At Hilbre we are offering the following courses in September 2013 leading to assessment in 2015.

Design Technology: Resistant Materials, Design Technology: Textiles.

Design Technology: Product Design,Design Technology: Food.

Vocational BTEC in Engineering - Double award.

Vocational BTEC Health & Social Care Certificate.

 At Key Stage 5 students can choose from the following AS/A Level courses.

Product Design 3D Vocational,  
BTEC in Engineering Level 3 
Product Design Textiles 
Vocational BTEC Health and Social Care
Food Technology  Level 3

Protective clothing and sensible footwear are essential for working in these departments.


GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition covers the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

Subject content includes:
Food, Nutrition and Health

  • Macro and micro nutrients – functions/sources/deficiency diseases.

  • Planning a varied, balanced diet – different life stages, dietary groups.

    Food Science

  • Cooking and heat transfer.

  • Different cooking methods.

    Food Safety

  • Food Spoilage and Contamination – micro-organisms and enzymes.

  • Principles of food preparation – hygiene, temperatures for storage and preparation.

         Food Choice

  • Factors that influence food choice – religious, medical, ethical.

  • British and international cuisine.

  • Sensory evaluation.

    Food Provenance

  • Environmental issues – seasonal, sustainability, organic, food waste.

  • Production methods – free range, genetically modified foods.

  • Food processing and production – primary and secondary processing.

         Throughout the course 12 food preparation skill groups will be taught, these include:-

  • General

  • Prepare, combine and shape.

  • Knife skills

  • Sauce making

  • Preparing fruit and vegetables

  • Tenderise and marinate

  • Use of the cooker

  • Dough

  • Use of equipment

  • Raising agents

  • Cooking methods

  • Setting mixtures



This is a full GCSE course which leads to the external examination and assessment in Year 11.

It is a progression from the Design and Technology experienced in Key Stage 3 and enables students to design and make products from wood, metals and plastics.  Other resistant materials can be used (eg. textiles and ceramics), electronics can also be included in project work.

Successful students can progress to study Advanced Level Design & Technology.  This could help students gain places on a variety of Engineering degree courses at University or on a Modern Apprenticeship Scheme.


The coursework project (60%)
This is in 2 parts:           
1.        A design folio
2.       Practical work
A written examination (40%)
Candidates are expected to complete the coursework in 40 hours.


This syllabus aims to enable students to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products.  It encourages students to consider the effects and implications of technological activity and to give students the opportunity to apply skills, knowledge and understanding from other subjects, where appropriate.  It aims to give students opportunities to develop practical abilities and confidence to design, make and modify products and systems for identified purposes, selecting and using materials effectively.  It encourages students' critical and aesthetic abilities, enabling them to evaluate design and technology activity.  Students will use a range of machines to explore different processes.

Subject content includes:
Materials and components -         Including fibres and fabrics - combination, construction and uses.
Finishing processes.
Design and market influences -    Including product analysis, evaluation techniques, social, cultural, moral and environmental issues.  Health & Safety issues.
Processes and manufacture -       Including ICT, systems and control, industrial practice.   

Scheme of Assessment              
Terminal examination    40% (2 hour exam)                                                    
Controlled Assessment 60%
Controlled Assessment
The Controlled Assessment project will consist of an extended Design and Technology task provided by the exam board and will involve 45 hours of supervised time.  The 45 hours is made up of 25 hours practical work and 20 hours of research, planning and evaluation.
A Level Design & Technology: Product Design - Textiles.  Higher Education Textile Studies, Textile Management, Art Foundation (Textiles).


The BTEC in Engineering is a nationally recognised work-related qualification designed to provide you with a choice of routes into Further Education or employment.  It is made up of units of work.  Engineering is one of the most important job sectors offering a wide variety of careers.  Engineering is about bringing good ideas into reality using a range of problem solving and creative skills.  BTEC First Certificate is equal to GCSEs.  The work involved is based on practical course work units and 1 online test equal to 25% of the course.
However, there will be 2 core units followed by specialist units, such as:

Specialist Unit: Selecting and using Secondary Machinery Techniques to Remove Material.  Students will be producing engineered products using machinery.  This will include the use of computer aided manufacturing machines.  The practical based work will include the use of lathes, milling and drilling machines.  The health and safety regulations relative to the use of engineering machinery will also be studied.

On completion of the BTEC First Certificate in Engineering students can progress to Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Qualification in this vocational area.
The course available at Hilbre in the 6th Form is BTEC Level 3 Certificate and advanced subsidiary.
Units are internally assessed and subject to external verification through National Standards Sampling (NSS).