Design and Technology is here to teach you about the practicalities of your ideas. If Art is drawing a chair, Design and Technology is making the chair.
The study of Design and Technology will equip you with a skill set relevant to an amazingly wide variety of careers. You will combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet human needs. In the D&T rooms, you learn how to use a range of available tools and technologies to make your design solutions. These include workshop equipment and computer aided design programs.
In the Technology department you will work using a number of different design contexts that provide a range of opportunities. You will draw on the local ethos, community and wider world and identify needs and opportunities. This will combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. Through design and technology programme of study you will develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. This will allow for creative thinking and allow you to innovate.
In a series of projects throughout KS3, you will be encouraged to think of bigger, better and even more absurd ideas than before through a variety of mediums.
In KS4 you can opt into 2 qualifications and will study either the AQA D&T GCSE undertaking projects to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills in areas such as: global manufacturing, materials, sustainability, user focused design, ethics, new technologies, energy generation and electronics. This course consists of a written exam: 2 hours • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE and a Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE
Or you can choose to study the Eduqas qualification in Food, preparation and nutrition that equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating, enabling them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life. This course consists of a written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes • 50% of the qualification • 100 marks. The second part is a non-examination assessment worth 50% of the qualification and marked out of 100. The non-examination assessment is composed of two assessments that are set by WJEC. Both assessments are to be completed in year 11.
Areas of Study:
Year 7 – Textiles Crazy creatures, Night Light, Understanding the concepts of healthy eating
Year 8 – Graphics, Pencil Case, International Café
Year 9 – Design Technology GCSE or Food Preparation and Nutrition
Year 10 – Design Technology GCSE or Food Preparation and Nutrition
Year 11 – Resistant Materials, Product Design or Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSEs
Technology Faculty staff
Mrs C Sweryt – Head of Faculty
Mr A Peach – Teacher of technology
Mr A Kirk – Teacher of ICT
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