Technology & Design

"Do rightly won’t do"

 

St Catherine’s Technology Department is: 

It is important to us that the pupils have a positive experience in Technology. Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet human needs. Pupils use current and traditional technologies to manufacture a range of products across the key stages.

The variety offered in Technology aims to stimulate and maintain pupil’s interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concerns about the technological world in which they live. Also, Pupils will develop knowledge, understanding, skills, principles and specialist vocabulary through the work undertaken.

 

Key Stage3 – Northern Ireland Curriculum

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GCSE - AQA Design and Technology: Resistant Materials Technology 

Advanced Level - EDEXCEL: GCE Design and Technology Product Design

STEM

The Technology department is integral to the STEM agenda in St Catherine’s College. Across the key stages many opportunities are provided for pupils to gain the knowledge and skills needed for future employment. The pupils are informed about the opportunities that a career in Technology or Engineering can offer. We use employers and STEM ambassadors to help engage the pupils in engineering and Technology. The programme of work develops skills in creativity, design and innovation.

http://www.wherestemcantakeyou.co.uk/

Educational Visits

Educational visits/workshops are very important to the work in Technology & Design. They support the material being taught, especially at GCSE and A-Level. The main focus of our visits is to make links with industry and to enhance the pupil experience. The visits/links also support our work in STEM.

Extra Curricular

The Technology department provides opportunities for pupils to study the subject outside of the classroom. The Technology club runs on Tuesdays after school. The main focus is on developing CAD/CAM skills. The pupils will have an opportunity to develop skills in using SolidWorks and 2D Design (CAD Software). Pupils will also be able to use machines that are controlled by a computer, known as Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and make products they have designed.

Working after school can also be of huge benefit to those pupils who require some extra support with their Technology work in general.

 

 

Engineering

 

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering

At St Catherine’s College, some pupils will study Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering.  The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core and optional specialist units. Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 120 GLH. This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering has been designed primarily for young people aged 14–19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study. It has been developed to:

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector
  • give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the selection of optional specialist units
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life
  • give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 engineering qualification
  • support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. It provides underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills that reflect the needs of employers and higher and further education professionals. It presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context, to allow learners to understand theory and application.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering comprises core units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. One core unit focuses on essential knowledge, and the other core unit focuses on applying essential vocational skills.

BTEC Firsts are QCF Level 2 qualifications designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those already in work. Consequently, they provide a course of study for full-time or part-time learners in schools, colleges and training centres.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering also provides the starting point of a route to employment at a junior level in a range of engineering posts. They can expect to work in a range of settings, for example in the manufacturing, automotive, electrical and mechanical sectors. Learners can also choose to spend further periods of time studying in order to equip themselves with higher levels of knowledge and understanding.

On successful completion of a BTEC First qualification, learners can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area.

Key Features of BTEC First Award in Engineering

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award:

  • is a level 2 qualification; however, it is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*, Level 1 and Unclassified
  • is for learners aged 14 years and over
  • is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE)
  • has core units and optional units
  • has 25 per cent of the qualification that is externally assessed. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments
  • will be available on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
  • presents knowledge in a work-related context
  • gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply skills in English and mathematics in naturally occurring, work-related contexts
  • provides opportunities for synoptic assessment. Learners will apply the skills and knowledge gained from the core units when studying the optional units.

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

The BTEC First Award in Engineering have been developed in the engineering sector to:

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector
  • give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the selection of optional specialist units
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life
  • give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 engineering qualification
  • support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. It provides underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills that reflect the needs of employers and higher and further education professionals. It presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context, to allow learners to understand theory and application.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering comprises core units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. One core unit focuses on essential knowledge, and the other core unit focuses on applying essential vocational skills.

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