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Design Technology

Course description 

Design and Technology is an essential part of a balanced National Curriculum. It prepares students to appreciate and use effectively modern technologies that will improve their quality of life and employability.

Design and Technology calls for students to become creative problem solvers as individuals and as members of a team. They combine practical skills with an understanding of social and environmental issues, industrial practices and processes and catering further develops a understanding of healthy balanced diets as well practical life skills.

All of our students are given the opportunity to develop their problem-solving and practical skills. This is achieved through practical focus tasks and design projects using a variety of materials (food, graphics, wood, plastic, metals). There is an excellent suite of workshops which provide students with a pleasant and safe environment in which to work.

Course structure 

Students in Years 7 and 8 follow the Key Stage 3 courses in Food Technology, Product Design, and Graphic Products.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students are able to opt for GCSE in Catering, Product Design or Graphic Products.

Product Design is also offered at AS and A2 Level.

Homework 

Homework at KS3 level is set to build up a student’s knowledge and skills and can form a mixture of research, practical and theory work. Homework is set on a weekly basis and some tasks are contained within homework booklets for students to complete.

At Key Stage 4 level, some homework is set to practice exam technique; some aspects of controlled assessment may also be set as homework for Year 11 students.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

At GCSE Level, students are encouraged to purchase specialist equipment from the individual areas of Technology. Individual teachers will provide a materials list at the start of courses for students to select from.

Opportunities For Study Beyond Key Stage 4 

We offer the A Level Design Technology Product Design course which comprises AS and A2 level.  Both years follow the same course breakdown of a single design and make activity and one examination.

Beyond Key Stage 5, there are many university courses available to students with Design and Technology qualifications including Product Design, 3D Design, Furniture Design, Engineering, Set Design, Architecture and Graphic Communication.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

There are a wide variety of careers related to Design and Technology.  Examples are carpentry, illustration, graphic design, fashion design, chefs and food production, food service, product development, event co-ordinators, hospitality and leisure management.