In Key Stage 4, which starts at the beginning of Year 9, students specialise in one of the D&T areas and study this to GCSE.
Students’ progress is assessed through routine tasks/ projects in class and homework, for which GCSE equivalent grades are awarded, using the exam board assessment criteria.
Students will sit a written exam in the summer term of Year 10. This is worth 40% of their overall GCSE grade.
The other 60% of the grade comes from the controlled assessment which starts towards the end of Year 10 and continues through most of Year 11.
This is a long piece of controlled project work incorporating both practical tasks and written design work.
The students’ progress is assessed against the exam board assessment criteria with students self-assessing their work against the criteria and staff giving the appropriate level of permitted guidance.