The faculty delivers a wide range of very popular Level 1/2 courses in Years 10 & 11, not just DT. All qualifications offered are valuable, accessible components of our curriculum and provide students aged 14 to 16 with valuable skills and knowledge in a wide range of subjects and disciplines. The courses offered are enjoyable, relevant to the local job market, often over-subscribed and our learners achieve good GCSE or equivalent results.
GCSE Design Technology – Product Design
GCSE Design Technology Product Design is a focused and practical course that immerses students in the world of product creation and innovation. Learners delve into the principles of aesthetics, functionality, and ergonomics, honing their ability to envision and develop innovative products that meet real-world needs.
Throughout the course, learners are encouraged to explore a wide range of materials and manufacturing techniques, fostering their creativity and technical skills. They gain proficiency in using design software, sketching, and model making, allowing them to effectively communicate their ideas and turn them into tangible prototypes. Sustainability and ethical considerations are integral components, instilling in students a sense of responsibility towards the environment and society.
Assessment typically involves a combination of coursework and written examinations, with a strong emphasis on the practical application of knowledge. GCSE Design Technology Product Design not only equips students with valuable design and engineering skills but also nurtures their problem-solving abilities and prepares them for potential careers in fields such as industrial design, engineering, or product development.
EAL Performing Engineering Operations - Engineering
Level 2 EAL Performing Engineering Operations is a vocational qualification designed to provide learners with fundamental knowledge and skills essential for further study/training in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. This comprehensive program covers a range of core engineering operations, including machining, fabrication, and assembly, ensuring that learners acquire a strong foundation in practical engineering tasks.
Throughout this course, students are exposed to various tools, machinery, and processes commonly used in the industry, enabling them to develop hands-on competencies. Safety and precision are emphasized to instil good engineering practices. Additionally, learners gain an understanding of engineering drawings, measurements, and quality control principles, which are vital aspects of the engineering profession.
Assessment in the Level 2 EAL Performing Engineering Operations typically involves a combination of practical tasks and written assessments, ensuring that students can apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios and effectively communicate their understanding. Completion of this qualification opens up opportunities in engineering and manufacturing roles, setting a strong foundation for further career development and specialization within the industry.
GCSE Health & Social Care and Childcare
WJEC GCSE Health & Social Care and Childcare is an engaging and comprehensive course that provides students with a deep understanding of the essential aspects of healthcare, social care, and childcare sectors. Students explore a wide range of topics, including human development, health and well-being, the NHS, and child development. They learn about the importance of communication, empathy, and ethical considerations when working with individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
Assessment in this GCSE program often combines 2 controlled assessments and a written examination. Successful completion of WJEC GCSE Health & Social Care and Childcare can lead to various career paths, including roles in healthcare, social work, early childhood education, or further studies in related fields at the post-16 level. This course not only prepares students for future employment but also promotes the values of compassion and social responsibility.
WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality & Catering
The WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality & Catering is a practical and industry-focused qualification designed to introduce students to the dynamic world of hospitality and catering. This program equips learners with essential skills and knowledge required for progression into the hospitality sector, including restaurants, hotels, and catering businesses. Many of our learners obtain part time work in local restaurants as a direct result of following this course.
Students explore a diverse range of topics, such as food preparation, cooking techniques, kitchen safety, nutrition, and customer service. They also delve into the logistical aspects of running a catering operation, including menu planning, cost control, and understanding dietary requirements.
Assessment in this vocational award typically involves a combination of coursework, practical assessments, and written examinations, ensuring that students can apply their skills and knowledge effectively. Successful completion of the WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality & Catering can lead to apprenticeships in the hospitality industry or provide a solid foundation for further studies in hospitality management.
New courses introduced in Sept 2023
GCSE Design Technology – Fashion & Textiles
This is an engaging course that immerses students in the art of fashion design and textile technology. This program allows learners to explore the entire process, from concept and sketching to fabric selection, garment construction, and even considerations for sustainable fashion. Students gain hands-on experience in creating clothing and textile products, all while honing their creativity and practical skills. Assessment typically includes coursework and a final examination, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of fashion and textiles, and preparing them for potential careers in the fashion industry or further studies in design-related fields.
WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Travel
A practical and industry-oriented qualification designed to introduce students to the dynamic world of travel and tourism. Students explore a variety of topics, including travel destinations, customer service, travel planning, and tourism marketing. Assessment involves coursework and a written examination, allowing students to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. Successful completion of this award can lead to opportunities in travel agencies, airlines, hotels, or further studies in tourism management, providing a strong foundation for a career in the travel and tourism sector.
EAL Performing Engineering Operations - Construction
Building upon the success of the EAL Engineering qualification, which involves learners working with metals, this new course has been crafted with a similar approach, but it focuses on utilising wood as the primary material. It is a specialised vocational qualification designed to equip learners with essential skills and knowledge for careers in the construction industry. This course covers a range of fundamental construction operations, including understanding construction drawings, working with tools and equipment, and following safety protocols. Students gain hands-on experience in various construction tasks, emphasizing safety, precision, and efficiency. Assessment typically involves practical assignments and written tasks, ensuring learners can apply their skills in real-world construction environments.
Royal Academy of Engineering and Panasonic Trust Future Engineers Bursary
Annually, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Panasonic Trust Future Engineers award a bursary to two exceptional Year 11 students who aspire to pursue a career in engineering. Each recipient is presented with a laptop and £1000, followed by an additional £1000 in the second year of their courses. These awards are intended to fuel their enthusiasm for pursuing higher education in engineering or related fields at Merthyr College, either through academic or vocational pathways at level 3.