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Key Stage 4:

Engineering – Smart Product Design and Manufacture (SPDM)

This course has been designed in response to industry needs. Engineering is a rapidly growing sector in the UK with and currently the country has very few people with the correct employable skills, meaning jobs are being lost oversees. This course has been carefully put together to ensure that learners develop practical technical knowledge, understanding and skills in designing and manufacturing products using contemporary technologies. SPDM integrates 3D printing, laser cutting, CAD/CAM and computer programming with microcontrollers.

The course consists of three units and an online exam.

Unit 1: Product Design

Design and modelling techniques plus 2D and 3D CAD. Learners apply these skills semi-independently in their own project, which is to design and develop a Smart product prototype.

Unit 2: Product Manufacture

The use of 3D printing and other Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) tools to produce prototypes rapidly. The unit also shows learners how to embed physical components into a design so that they can prototype an integrated Smart product.

Unit 3: Smart Electronics

Microcontrollers, digital and analogue inputs, outputs, and sensors. Students learn how to design and program a simple Smart system with an input and an output which they can integrate within a Smart product.

Once all units have been completed then the examination can be taken.

Curriculum and Assessment Schedule



The course takes a broader view of modern technologies as well as focussing on the Textiles and Fashion Industries, including career opportunities. Theory, Iterative Design and Development through prototyping and manufacture make up the GCSE.


The course is made up of one Non-Exam Assessed unit worth 50% and an Examination worth 50%.

Unit 1 2 hour Exam 100 marks. A mixture of multiple choice, short and extended questions on core knowledge and Textiles technical, designing and making principles.

Unit 2 NEA 100 marks. A substantial design and make project starting in June of year 10. AQA supply the design contexts. Design and development play an important role.





GCSE Food, Nutrition and Preparation will allow you to develop a wide range of practical skills that will be of value to you later in life. These skills included practical food preparation techniques to a high level. You will be taught in a variety of ways, including research and practical based activities such as sensory analysis and producing finished dishes and products.


* Food, nutrition and health

* Food science

* Food safety

* Food choice

* Food provenance

* Food preparation


The assessment consists of a 1 hour and 45 minute exam worth 50% of the grade. There are also two pieces of controlled assessment to be completed in Year 11: Food investigation and Food preparation assessment.





The focus of the learning will be through electronic and mechanical systems. You will be learning about designing and manufacturing through the use of sketching, 2D, 3D, circuit simulation, CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) such as 3D printing, laser cutting and Printed Circuit Board manufacture.


* Understanding how to design to meet the needs of users

* Learning about both traditional and ‘Smart Materials’

* How products work

* Prototyping and mass production

* Environmental, sustainability, social

and ethical considerations


Final Exam, 50 %.

Design and make a prototype of a product, 50%.

Curriculum and Assessment Schedule