Design Technology


Design Technology

The Technology Department is an expanding area of endless possibilities and exciting outcomes. Each student is given the opportunity to work with industry standard equipment, materials and software.

The curriculum that the students follow has been carefully design to coordinate with the forever changing technological world.

Students are able to research, design and make many different outcomes in a variety of subject specialisms under the umbrella of Design Technology.

The department encourage students to branch out and embrace the latest technologies. Each lesson is planned to promote Numeracy and Literacy to give students the confidence to invest in their own intellectual property when designing, as it would occur in the real world.

As a department we also promote Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual (SMSC) development with regards to students wellbeing and resilience.

Details of Key Stage 3

At KS3 our students rotate on a Technology Carousel. Each term the students rotate to a new subject specialism with a new Specialist Teacher.

In year 7, they learn Graphics through a Sweet Packaging based Project, Resistant Materials by making a passive speaker and in Food Technology they have an introduction to basic cooking skills and aspects of Health and safety in the Kitchen.

In year 8 students learn Engineering by designing and building stages for Festivals, Textile skills through making personalised tote bags and in Food Technology they expand on existing skills, through health eating towards Festival based catering.

In Year 9 students learn Robotics, Electronics and SMART materials by building line following Robots and making SMART clothing, Product Design skills by designing and making perfume bottles and packaging, and in Food Technology they learn how to adapt existing recipes for specific dietary needs including design their own meals.

Each project is designed to concentrate on different skills that encompass Design Technology. All students are encouraged to find their specialism through experimentation of technical knowledge.

Details of Key Stage 4 GCSE Design Technology

GCSE Design and Technology prepares students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. They also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. We cover section from Textiles, Resistant Materials and Product Design .

The course is 50% Written exam and 50% Practical coursework.

The creative industries are one of the biggest employment sectors within the UK. This course allows progression to a wide range of qualifications in these industries, from industrial design, fashion, product design to a career in various engineering sectors.

Details of Key Stage 4 BTEC Hospitality & Catering

The Hospitality course covers working in the hospitality industry, food safety in the hospitality industry and also allows the students to plan, prepare and make food for an event. This allows the students to understand what happens behind the scene of a hospitality business, all while learning new skills in the kitchen and how to cook for others.

The course has 4 units, each worth 25% of the final grade. One of the units is an external exam, and three are assignments done within school.

Hospitality is one of the largest industries within the UK. It has over 2 million employees, and makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. This qualification gives the students the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles, for example a waiter/waitress, catering assistants, assistant front-of-house staff and many more.