Design and Technology is a subject that enables students to explore and solve different design tasks by using a combination of designing and making skills. At Key Stage Three and Four Design and Technology is broken into different subject areas. They are:
This subject is about exploring the designing and making process, which is delivered mainly through wood, metal and plastics. Knowledge of the working characteristics of these materials will be taught along with a variety of appropriate construction techniques, joining and finishing.
Students complete a number of projects, as well as a health and safety course within the workshop which incorporate design and make skills within these projects. There are elements of ICT including CAD/CAM and industrial practise.
Students design and make products that can be batched produced.
Students opting for Graphic Products will follow a course that explores the realms of graphic and product design through a series of innovative projects.
Students will learn a wide range of drawing, presentation and modelling techniques to allow them to explore, develop and communicate their design ideas. Students are encouraged to think creatively and independently in order to solve the problems and questions that designers face everyday.
Food (Catering at KS4)
This course gives candidates knowledge and experience of the catering industry. The topics cover the following areas: the catering industry, job roles, health and safety and hygiene, food preparation, nutrition and meal planning, costing and portion control, specialist equipment, communication and record keeping and environmental considerations.
The emphasis on this course is on developing practical skills to a high level.
At KS3 students produce a desk tidy, pull string puppet, ‘Celtic’ pewter pendant, mobile phone holder and electronic picture frame. All of these projects have been designed to give students a basic skills base to progress onto KS4. Here students will follow a course that explores successful designing, design classics and inspirational designers of the past and present. Pupils also design and make products such as electronic dice game, top trumps cards with a twist, unique packaging and advertising merchandise.
This subject provides opportunities in designing and making focusing on textiles and their applications. The course is based around work in fibres/fabrics, and construction processes. Students learn about many different making techniques as well as develop their creative skills. This course can also be taken to A/S level at KS4 for suitable candidates.
Design and Technology is a popular subject where students are able to be creative and develop their practical skills by making a range of exciting and useful objects in modern and well equipped workshops and design studios.