Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a combination of four disciplines: Resistant Materials (working with woods, metals and plastics), Graphics, Food Technology, and Electronics and Control.

The Department aims to stimulate the curiosity, promote problem solving skills and critical thinking of the next generation of designers and engineers. Technology is constantly evolving and we want to ensure that every student develops skills for designing for a modern society and prepares them to participate in a rapidly changing world.

Our facilities include specialist workshops for Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Electronics and a dedicated ICT room.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students study within a carousel system and experience all four disciplines each year. Within each rotation, all students have the opportunity to produce high quality practical outcomes, with the relevant theory work to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Homework is set weekly and assessment done at the end of each carousel.

In Year 7, the students will design and make an acrobat toy, a catamaran, chocolate wrapper and will also be introduced to basic food skills.

In Year 8, the students will design and make a desk tidy, a moisture sensor, a travel game and further develop their cookery skills.

In Year 9 the students will design and make a maze, a night light, a point of sale display and develop advanced cookery skills.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we currently offer GCSE courses in Resistant Materials and Catering.

GCSE Design & Technology: Resistant Materials (Edexcel)

In Year 10 the students will follow a programme of focused practical tasks and theory-based lessons, providing the opportunity for students to improve their researching, designing, modelling, making and evaluating skills.

In Year 11 the students undertake their controlled assignment, worth 60% of their final grade. The portfolio itself will be approximately 25 A3 sheets of research, designs, development, diary completion and evaluation. A high quality prototype product will also be made by the student once the final design is completed. Once the design portfolio is completed, the students will then prepare for the written exam paper which accounts for 40% of the final grade.

GCSE Hospitality and Catering: Catering (WJEC)

In Year 10 the students will follow a programme of focused practical tasks and theory-based lessons. They will produce a range of dishes to improve their practical skills and develop their knowledge and function of ingredients.

In both Years the students undertake their final controlled assessment, worth 60% of their final grade. Students will complete two tasks which will include research and making and evaluation of their chosen dishes within a fixed time. Once these are completed, the students will then prepare for the written exam paper which accounts for 40% of the final grade.