Design & Technology

Design & Technology encourages you to be creative and original, and have fun designing and making your own ideas.

Design & Technology, Resistant Materials and Graphic Design are taught in a specialist rooms with appropriate facilities; a design room with 10 PCs; a wood workshop with plastics bay and a multi-purpose workshop with metal fabrication facilities.  These are all based around a large project area which allows for flexible use.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Work is project -based, linked to a departmental curriculum map, offering equal access to the curriculum for all students.  Across key stage 3 students have the opportunity to work with paper, card, wood, metal and plastics. Projects are usually led by design briefs that create a context for exploration of different materials and processes.  Students are introduced to different skills and techniques that build upon previous learning and embed an understanding of the design development process. Projects include; pewter casting, ticket and packaging design, construction of decorative book/CD/DVD ends, passive speakers (no electronics) and the design of album covers. Students will also learn how to use computer aided design and manufacture software and hardware.

Years 10 and 11
There are currently two options for continuing studying Design & Technology:

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 8552
Students complete a 35 hour non-exam assessment task (NEA) (50%) and sit a 2 hour examination (50%), that assesses their understanding of;

• Core technical principles
• Specialist technical principles
• Designing and making principles

Students complete designing and making tasks working in two and three dimensions and during the NEA students will provide evidence of the following;

• Identifying and investigating design possibilities
• Producing a design brief and specification
• Generating design ideas
• Developing design ideas
• Realising design ideas
• Analysing & evaluating

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction
and the Built Environment 600/6817/6

This qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the construction industry. It includes two core units covering understanding of construction technology and design, one mandatory unit which assesses additional knowledge, understanding and skills, and one optional specialist unit (Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques).

75% of the qualification is internally assessed through ongoing teacher assessment and verification.
25% of the qualification is externally assessed using a paper-based exam. The exam is set and marked by Edexcel. The exam lasts for 1 hour and contains 50 marks.

This a very much a ‘hands on’ course where students will be taught all aspects through practical application in response relevant vocational briefs.

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