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
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
• 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.