Design Technology

Introduction

The Design Technology department has a team of enthusiastic subject specialists who utilise a range of dedicated workshops to allow learners to explore design, make and evaluation tasks. The technology building has two traditional workshops, a graphics room, a kitchen and a textiles workroom. Each room is kitted with a range of hand tools and machines such as a CNC machine, Laser cutter, 3D Printer and the latest design software for learners to explore and build their skill sets.

Projects across all key stages are designed to follow the traditional design process to achieve quality outcomes. Learners are given the opportunity to explore design needs and visualisation tools to enable creative idea generation, whilst avoiding design fixation. Learners explore iterative design methodologies and manufacture products using a range of hand tools, machinery, and computer aided design and manufacturing. A greater emphases is now applied to the evaluation of products with learners testing their designs, prototypes and products against original needs, specifications and client feedback.

What is the curriculum trying to achieve?

Design Technology offers the opportunity to develop practical skills and analytical design methodologies to encourage creative solutions to everyday problems.

It draws on a range of cross-curricular disciplines such as art, computing, engineering, mathematics and science to enable development of high quality outcomes appealing to a wide range of users.

Life skills are acquired through learning to cook, with the principles of nutrition used to inform healthy choices.

Appreciation is gained of the social and environmental implications of products to enable designers and manufacturers of the future to make morally informed decisions in a world with limited resources.

Students are given the tools to aid participation in an increasingly fast paced and technological world.

 

How do we organise learning?

Click here for Year 10 courses commencing in September 2019

Click here for Sixth Form courses commencing in September 2019

Click here for how we organise examinations

 

Anything else?

 GCSE – Students studying GCSE Design Technology are given the option of specialising in product design (resistant materials and graphics) or textiles projects as part of the AQA Design Technology qualification, with the same core knowledge covered for both.

Students are required to undertake a range of research, design, make and evaluation tasks for the first two terms of year 10. Exam theory is covered in parallel with project based lessons.

The GCSE is examined is based on:

  • 50% coursework – started towards the end of year 10, which focuses on one of three contexts, provided yearly by the exam board.
  • 50% (2 hour) exam – based on core technical principles, specialist technical principles, and designing and making principles.

Advanced Level - Student studying OCR A-level Product Design are required to undertake a range of research, design, make and evaluation tasks for the first two terms of year 12. Exam theory is covered in parallel with project based lessons.

The A-Level is examined is based on:

  • 50% coursework – started towards the end of year 12, which is an ‘Iterative Design Project’. Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence.
  • 26.7% (1.5 hour) exam - based on core technical principals questions relating to analysing existing products, demonstrating applied mathematical skills and technical knowledge, and demonstrating an understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues.
  • 23.3% (1.45 hour) exam - based on problem solving through a series of long answer questions.

 

How well are we achieving our aims?

Art summer exhibition 2019 

 

Student Summer Exhibition of Work

Extra curricular trips and activities

News and Events

Academic results

 

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