Design & Technology
Design and Technology education makes a unique and valuable contribution to the education and preparation for life for every child. Using creativity and imagination, our students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. This prepares them to make a positive contribution within our modern technological society.
Using our extensive range of workshop facilities our students develop a broad range of practical skills and subject knowledge.Through their high quality design and make products our students develop confidence and pride in their work, thus igniting their thirst for knowledge and developing their independent learning skills.
Our state of the art CAD/CAM facilities, which include, 3D printer, laser cutter, CNC router enable our students to engage in the modern manufacturing processes of our rapidly changing technological world.
For more information about each key stage, please click on each of the sections below.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)
During KS3, many different projects are undertaken to develop a wide range of Design and Technology skills. Materials, used and explored, include wood, metal, plastics, smart and modern. Graphics work covers both hand and computer drawing. Systems and control are taught through electronic projects. Design skills are developed throughout.
Current projects include:
Year 7 - jitterbug, bud vase, boat, CAM/CAD clock and materials
Year 8 - bling (electives), community furniture (electives), jewellery, mechanisms and steady hand game
Year 9: interior design, lamp, table, tea light holder, packaging, programmable novelty and sign
Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)
Creative resistant materials/Design and Technology: Product Manufacture - this course studies the working properties of wood, metal and plastic materials and then explores them through creative practical design based project work. Products are studied from the views of the designer, manufacturer and user.
Electronic products - this course gives students the opportunity to design and make products using electronic circuitry. Electronic building blocks are studied and then used to solve electronic problems. Resistant materials are used to make protective cases for the electronic circuits.
Graphic products/Design and Technology: Graphic Modelling - this course gives students the opportunity to use their creative skills to design and make products that have a variety of graphical outcomes. Modelling using computers (CAD/CAM) and light materials are also used to prototype individual design ideas.
A wide range of students will be interested in A level Design and Technology, but particularly those who are creative and have studied design and technology or engineering at GCSE. Careers related to this subject include product design, materials technologist, designers, mechanical, electrical, civil and robotics engineering. Good course combinations include sciences, business and creative based subjects.
For more information about this subject at KS5, please click here to view the relevant subject leaflet at the bottom of the page.