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. The knowledge, design and practical skills developed throughout KS3 are planned to support students who wish to pursue Design and Technology at GCSE.
Current projects include:
Year 7 - jitterbug, pop-up mechanisms, boat, CAM/CAD clock and materials
Year 8 - bling (electives), USB lamp (electronics), jewellery and chocolate packaging.
Year 9: drawing theory, table, aroma fan (electronics) and sign
Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)
Product Design - Resistant Materials/Timbers - this course gives students the opportunity to develop core knowledge of a variety of materials, their properties and the processes used in manufacturing. In addition, students will develop an in-depth understanding of timbers through design and make projects building on skills and knowledge gained at KS3.
Product Design - Graphics/Paper and Board - this course enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Students will study core knowledge of a variety of materials, their properties and the processes used in manufacturing as well as developing a deeper understanding of paper and board through creative design and make projects.
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 at GCSE. Careers related to this subject include product design, architecture, materials technologist, designers, mechanical, electrical, civil and robotics engineering. Good course combinations include sciences, maths, 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.