Design & Technology
As part of our programme of study all students will undertake a series of Design and Make assignments and theory-based exercises to develop knowledge and understanding within each of the material areas. These activities are designed to develop skills in designing and making using a variety of contexts within the various material areas. Our overriding aim is to develop confident individuals who are independent learners with an enjoyment for the subject.
At Key Stage 3 students undertake a range of projects which provides the basis for developing knowledge and understanding of Design Technology whilst allowing experience of all the material areas. At this level all students will experience work within a range of material areas, including wood, plastics and electronics.
At Key Stage 4 students will embark on the Design Technology GCSE as proscribed by the OCR Examination Board.
This course offers a foundation in the principles and iterative design practices of various 21st century design and manufacture industries. The qualification offers flexibility in the approach students use to apply knowledge and understanding of these practices and principles when designing and making prototypes that solve real and relevant problems.
During this time, we build on and develop the skills taught throughout Key Stage 3 enabling students to complete the non-examined assessment (NEA) and written examination paper with confidence. Both components of this course contribute 50% each to the students’ final grade.
At Key Stage 5 we offer students A-Level Design and Technology, again following the OCR Examination Board’s programme of study.
The topic areas progress from GCSE and link to 21st century principles of design and technology used in the real world. The course aims to engage students in innovative, exploration and future potential of themselves and the world of industry.
Design skills and the ability to visualise new ideas can be useful in many job families such as marketing, sales and advertising, arts crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing; as well as progressing on to study at degree level or apprenticeships.