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.

Year 8

All students continue to develop and apply basic Design &Technology skills through a range of activities. 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; understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose, understand the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on and to society. In addition, students will be able to select and use tools/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.

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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