The aim of Design and Technology is to enable pupils to explore how to contribute towards and intervene creatively and constructively, to improve the manufacturing world in a rapidly changing society.
The department is well served with a fully equipped ICT/graphics suite, a large Resistant Materials workshop, a light materials workshop and a fully equipped modern food room.
There are two full time teachers in the department, whilst food is taught part time by a specialist.
Design and Technology will enable pupils to:
* become discriminating citizens and customers,
* have a better understanding of products and values,
* develop specific technological understanding,
* develop design and manufacturing skills needed to produce quality practical solutions to real problems,
* stimulate their intellectual, innovative and creative abilities to generate and optimise design proposals,
* develop the personal qualities needed to complete a design project from initial ideas to finished product,
Students follow a carousel at KS3, which involves a 15 hour resistant materials project, a 15 hour systems and control project, and a 15 hour course in basic food preparation during the year. For information on Food Technology click here
The wide ranging Design and Technology course offered at GCSE is divided into two sections: core content and material categories. The core content provides students with a breadth of knowledge and the material categories provide students with a depth of study.
All students must study the Core content plus at least one material category.
These strands enable students to explore the design process and in so doing, gain a better understanding of analysis, planning and problem solving. More importantly perhaps, they also have an opportunity to develop their own creativity and making skills. This enables them to see their own ideas come to fruition in a range of design and make tasks. Among other things, Design & Technology GCSE provides an introduction to IT, systems and control and industrial applications, together with specific knowledge and project work applicable to the subject area as required by the National Curriculum such as understanding materials and processes, drawing skills, methods of construction, modelling, and the use of CAD/CAM.
Qualification at a glance Content and assessment overview The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Design and Technology consists of one externally-examined paper and one non-examined assessment component. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
Component 1 (*Paper code: 1DT0/1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F) Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 50% of the qualification 100 marks.
Component 2 (Paper code: 1DT0/02) Non-examined assessment 50% of the qualification 100 marks
Examination at GCSE is by a theory examination at the end of year 11 of knowledge and understanding (50%), and a non-examination assessment (50%) which can be started at the end of Year 10. Due to this emphasis on coursework, students need to approach each lesson with a determination to work to the highest possible standard. Pupils are advised to select the strand which most closely suits their interest, capability and aptitude, and where applicable, a specific career direction.
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology (Product Design) consists of one externally-examined paper and one non-examined assessment component. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology (Paper code: 9DT0/01)* Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 50% of the qualification 120 marks
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (Paper code: 9DT0/02)
Non-examined assessment 50% of the qualification 120 marks.
Design and Technology is a subject that impacts upon every aspect of modern life and the commercial world in particular. Whilst the subject has an immediate relevance to those wishing to study design and engineering courses at university, by gaining this understanding, students will find opportunities to apply the knowledge gained throughout the rest of their lives, in whatever field they eventually choose. The department staff will gladly discuss any queries with pupils or parents.