The aim of Design and Technology is to enable pupils to explore how to contribute towards and intervene creatively and constructively, to improve the made world in a rapidly changing society.
The department is well served with a fully equipped ICT/graphics suite, a large Resistant Materials workshop, a light materials workshop and a fully equipped modern food room.
There are two full time teachers in the department, whilst food is taught part time by a specialist.
Design and Technology will enable pupils to:
* become discriminating citizens and customers,
* have a better understanding of products and values,
* develop specific technological understanding,
* develop design and manufacturing skills needed to produce quality practical solutions to real problems,
* stimulate their intellectual, innovative and creative abilities to generate and optimise design proposals,
* develop the personal qualities needed to complete a design project from initial ideas to finished product,
Students follow a carousel at KS3, which involves a 15 hour resistant materials project, a 15 hour systems and control project, and a 15 hour course in basic food preparation during the year. For information on Food Technology click here
The wide ranging Design and Technology course offered at GCSE provides two distinct strands, one primarily covering Resistant Materials and one primarily covering Graphic Products under the AQA umbrella of ‘Product Design’. Students may select one or the other as a starting point, but may find that even though they have selected Graphics, their final coursework ends up as a Resistant material project.
These strands enable students to explore the design process and in so doing, gain a better understanding of analysis, planning and problem solving. More importantly perhaps, they also have an opportunity to develop their own creativity and making skills. This enables them to see their own ideas come to fruition in a range of design and make tasks. Among other things, Design & Technology GCSE provides an introduction to IT, systems and control and industrial applications, together with specific knowledge and project work applicable to the subject area as required by the National Curriculum such as understanding materials and processes, drawing skills, methods of construction, modelling, and the use of CAD/CAM.
Examination at GCSE is by a theory examination of knowledge and understanding (40%), and an extensive coursework project (60%) at the end of year 11 . Due to this emphasis on coursework, students need to approach each lesson with a determination to work to the highest possible standard. Pupils are advised to select the strand which most closely suits their interest, capability and aptitude, and where applicable, a specific career direction.
Either of the above courses can lead pupils into Design and Technology (Edexcel Product Design) AS and A2 Level, where an integrated approach is followed early in the course, and individual preference and specialization in their project work.
Design and Technology is a subject that impacts upon every aspect of modern life and the commercial world in particular. Whilst the subject has an immediate relevance to those wishing to study design and engineering courses at university, by gaining this understanding, students will find opportunities to apply the knowledge gained throughout the rest of their lives, in whatever field they eventually choose. The department staff will gladly discuss any queries with pupils or parents.