Technology

The Design and Technology department aims to create an inspiring and stimulating environment for all students. It offers a wide range of activities across many areas within Design and Technology, giving students the opportunity to open their minds and develop their skills.

The projects offered take into account the wide variety of interests that our students have, enabling them to get an understanding of identification, designing, making and evaluating. This knowledge is then put to use to create, develop and make products using various methods and equipment. During their lessons, students also develop a sound understanding of safety requirements as an integral part of Design and Technology activities.

Facilities

The Design and Technology department provides students with fully-equipped workshops, a metal workshop with heat treatment facilities, a computer suite, food technology room, hairdressing salon and a construction site. These specific rooms allow students to develop and reach their full potential.

Key Stage 3

Design and Technology in Key Stage 3 offers students a variety of different areas to experience within the subject. Throughout Year 7 and 8, students are taught techniques for exploring and developing ideas including sketching and rendering, annotating drawings, 3D mock-ups and computer simulation. They also develop their knowledge and skills of various manufacturing processes and techniques within a workshop. In Food Technology, students are taught to develop their individual capabilities, knowledge and understanding through focused practical tasks, product analysis activities and ‘design and make’ assignments.

As they progress through Key Stage 3, students continue to develop their capabilities by combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, giving them the opportunity to progress into GCSEs, A levels and Higher Education.

Key Stage 4

In Design and Technology, courses allow students to study an area of technology in depth. We offer GCSE qualifications as well as vocational qualifications.

Full GCSE courses offered are:

Resistant Materials

Product Design

Home Economics

Each course will involve students producing an individual ‘design and make’ project in which they are required to research their own design task, generate and develop a range of relevant ideas and manufacture a solution which best satisfies the requirements they have identified. Evaluation of their ideas and research, materials, production techniques and their own performance is an important and integral part of each project.

Additional vocational courses offered are:

City & Guilds Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering

This course offers the basic foundation in hairdressing skills, for example shampooing, blow-drying, roller setting etc. Students will then be able to progress onto a Level 2 NVQ at colleges and apprenticeships.

WJEC Engineering Level 1 / 2 award

The Level 1 / 2 award in Engineering provides a more practical alternative to GCSE. The qualification is based around the world of engineering and aims to introduce students to the various strands available within the field. The qualification offers students the chance to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through tasks set in realistic work-related contexts.

City & Guilds Level 1 Construction

The Level 1 Construction course provides another practical alternative to GCSE. Students will cover units in bricklaying, plumbing, electrical and carpentry, which will give them the necessary skills to pursue further studies at college and specialise in a specific trade.

Key Stage 5

The A/S and the full A level course gives students the opportunity to further develop their skills in designing and making which were gained through the study of either the Product Design or Resistant Materials Design and Technology options at GCSE.

AS/A2 Product Design

The course is essentially about identifying and solving real problems, with students able to work in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests or intended careers. In studying Design and Technology, students will develop the transferable skills of analysis, research, and evaluation. The high degree of coursework develops the ability to work independently through a tutorial system. The case study gives an opportunity for candidates to look in depth at a possible career area or study design in its broadest sense.

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