Design and technology

Students enjoy Design and Technology (D&T) activities. The process of designing and making practical solutions to real problems is exciting and demanding. D&T activities throughout the College curriculum challenge students and equip them for life by encouraging them to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and as members of a team.

Year 7

All students experience a range of D&T activities to develop basic skills in food, graphics, resistant materials and textiles. There is an emphasis on practical work in all areas. Students learn how to use the appropriate tools, processes and equipment safely and accurately. Students can work with textiles and electronics, wood, plastics and learn useful graphics skills. In the Food module, students learn knife skills, building their confidence with a range of simple dishes such as fruit salad, couscous salad, spicy wedges and bread dough pizza. Students are also taught the basics of nutrition and the importance of a healthy diet.

Year 8

All students continue to develop and apply basic Design & Technology skills through a range of activities. One module is focused on creating prototypes of design ideas, learning how to make models of products pre-production. They continue to experience practical work with a range of materials.

In Food Technology, students are taught the basics skills to stand them in good stead for their cooking future. They will learn how to make a white sauce, tomato sauce, and quick and tasty soup. As some students may not opt to study Food Preparation & Nutrition for GCSE, we aim to ensure that they have to basic skills that they can develop in their future lives all the way through and beyond their education. Students are also taught the basics of food science, which gives them an idea of how they can “freestyle” when making something from leftovers.

At the end of Year 8, students can opt to continue to study Design & Technology, and/or Food Preparation and Nutrition through to GCSE examination level.

Year 9

Students start on their GCSE courses. They can choose either Design and Technology,
Food Preparation and Nutrition or both.

Students will get the opportunity to be creative and innovative when designing. They will design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers, as well as understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose, the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on society. In addition, students will be able to select and use tools and equipment and processes to produce quality products and work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, material and components. There is an emphasis on developing a real empathy for the subject through exciting and challenging project themes.

Students will learn the theory relating to all material areas and will be expected to try out ideas in different material areas.

Year 10

Students continue to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the design process to solve given problems in a practical way. They will focus on solving problems that have a real-life application.

Year 11

50% of the assessment will be in the form of a written exam, with 50% in the form of Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). Exam boards issue a “real life” context and students will create their own ideas for products that respond to the needs of a specific a client. Students will demonstrate problem solving skills, complete designs and carry out modelling as well as making a high quality prototype of their solution.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Students are involved in the building and maintenance of the College’s two electric racing cars. We are constantly trying to improve the cars, and students take a lead in the decisions and running of the club. As part of the maintenance, students can drive the car to develop improvements and solve problems.

The club takes part in races arranged at various parts of the South West. There is also a College Hovercraft which students may also work on, although there is less opportunity for driving on the Hovercraft for the younger students.

Where can I find out more?

Point of contact:

Maire Kemp

Team Leader of Design and Technology Department

Contact Maire Kemp who looks after this Design and technology course on:

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