The Design and Technology department offer an exciting curriculum across both key 3 and 4. We aim to challenge, inspire and engage students with a range of practical and problem solving skills.
In Design and Technology we hope that students will learn to work confidently, independently and creatively in order to be prepared for the next step in their education.
The department is compiled of two teaching staff and one technician; each a specialist in their own field.
The department has a range of excellent facilities, taking advantage of new technologies with our CAD/CAM equipment and learning about more traditional methods. We have a specialist Resistant Materials workshop, two fully functional catering kitchens and a dedicated textiles room as well as access to the laptops for computer aided design.
In year 7 and 8 students will have two lessons per week. They will complete work in each of the Design and Technology specialisms. Students complete a wide range of projects in all material areas, which include Resistant Materials, CAD/CAM, Fashion and Textiles and Food. Throughout the projects students will develop a wide range of skills these include; designing, problem solving, communication, working independently and as part of a team to manufacture a complete and effective end product.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Mr A Cross, Head of Department.
At GCSE we currently offer the following courses:
AQA Materials Technology
Technical Awards – AQA
These complement the new Design and Technology GCSE. There are a range of Level 1/2 Technical Awards to give 14 – 16 year olds to choose from, which give students a more hands-on, practical approach to learning. With a greater focus on specialist skills, students can concentrate on the area they’re really interested in.
These technical awards contain the best elements from the outgoing GCSEs and are the result of consultation with teachers, employers and industry to ensure the Technical Awards deliver the practical skills and core knowledge students need to progress onto level 3 qualifications, employment or apprenticeships.
Technical Award Materials Technology (Resistant Materials)
The practical Level 1/2 Technical Award in Materials Technology, provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills in making high quality products using woods, metal and polymers (plastics). They will be expected to make a range of products, prototypes and samples, applying technical and practical expertise to ensure that the product is fit for purpose. Learners will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and modern technologies.
AQA Materials Technology (Resistant Materials) is assessed in the following way:
Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.
By studying food preparation and nutrition students will:
BTEC Level1/2 First Award in Engineering (Examination board: Pearson)
Students develop their practical skills through the use and experience of a range of Engineering equipment and machining techniques. Students investigate Engineering products, learning about the importance of specifications, material properties and the manufacturing processes involved. Assessment is in the form of the completion of assignment briefs based on Machining Techniques and Investigating an Engineering product. Students also sit an examination based on The Engineering world.
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr A Cross, Head of Department.
Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.