Design & Technology Department

 

The aim of Design and Technology is to prepare young people for living and working in a technological world.

Design and Technology is a challenge to all young people. It requires initiative, an enquiring mind, determination, the careful management of time and resources, and a sense of responsibility for making decisions and taking action. These qualities are strengthened through designing and making.

 

Key Stage 3

 

This is a three year course which leads to a National Curriculum level in Design and Technology (D&T). The National Curriculum requires pupils to study the following areas of knowledge, skills and understanding:

 

•    Materials and components

•    Evaluating processes and products

•    Systems and control

•    Structures

•    Communication

•    Manufacturing

 

Through a series of projects pupils can design and make a variety of quality products.

 

Key Stage 4

 

This is a two year period of courses that lead to a national qualification. National Curriculum courses allow pupils to study a particular area of D&T in greater depth.

 

Pupils are taught advanced techniques for:

 

•    Researching information

•    Manufacturing

•    Communication

•    Evaluating and testing

 

The following courses are offered at GCSE:

 

•    Food Technology

•    Graphic Products

•    Resistant Material Technology

•    Textile Technology

•    Product Design

 

At both Key Stages the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology), CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) will be encouraged by the teacher.