The Design Technology Curriculum Area is a thriving and innovative part of the school.  The curriculums main emphasis is on creating challenging and creative approaches to teaching and learning, and comprises two food rooms, two material workshops with a number of CAD/CAM capabilities and a large textiles room. Teaching staff in the department have a wealth of experience within their specialist areas.

Our aim is to encourage students to understand why design is important in all aspects of life and what impact it has on society. Students are given the opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills by investigating, designing and making products using a variety of materials in different areas. We believePast, present and future trends are integral to prepare students to live in an ever changing world.

In recent years we have form good links with industry; allowing students access to work experience placements and site visits, as well as with other educational establishments

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum works on a rotation systems with students working in all areas of Technology. In Years 7 and 8 Students spend 12 weeks in each of our subject areas of Food, Materials and Textiles. 
In Year 9 students are given 9 week blocks cover similar aspects with the addition of Product Design. Towards the end of the first term students begin the option process with a large number of opting for a Technology subject at GCSE level.

A full breakdown of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum can be found here.

 Key Stage 4

We offer students a range of GCSE subject in Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials and have introduced BTEC Engineering from September 2011. This offers a variety of teaching and learning styles to suit the needs of our students, with the opportunity for them to progress into Further Education or careers in a particular sector.
The GCSE route follows a structure of coursework (60%) and written examination (40%) whilst the BTEC in consist of a number of internally assessed coursework units.  

Key Stage 5

The A Level courses we deliver follow on from those at GCSE level and in a similar format of both coursework and examination. At AS Level students further their knowledge of their chosen subject area, demonstrating a greater understanding of Materials, Processes and Application whilst completing a coursework portfolio. At A2 level a wider range of understanding is required alongside another coursework portfolio.

 

  

 

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