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Design and Technology

 DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY - Mr P Downing Head of Department
Mrs K Jones

The Design and Technology department teaches in mixed ability groups. We aim to produce work that will challenge all students whilst supporting the less able.

Key Stage 3 - 4 lessons each fortnight for 1 term
PDF icon Milestone Assessment Schedule 2021/22

Year 7
Introduction to Design & Technology
Students spend their first year learning how to use the full range of materials, hand and computer aided tools to design and make a tea light holder in wood and metal and a colour changing nightlight using plastic and electronics.

Year 8
During year 8 the emphasis is on developing problem solving skills through a longer project based around a phone/technology stand. The aim during this year is to design and build a unique product to solve a problem using the Laser and more complex metalworking equipment.

Year 9
During the final year of KS3 students are taught how to build a small wooden box. The focus is on core skills needed for GCSE with a strong emphasis on developing, Technical drawing and computer aided design skills using Sketch-up.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) - In six lessons a fortnight

We spend every day around things that have been designed; from the buildings we live and work in to the objects we use every day.

Design & Technology explores the design process we go through to create functional products and prototypes in metal, plastics and wood using the full range of facilities including two traditional workshops and a fully equipped CAD/CAM area (3D printing and Laser Cutting).

Homework is set regularly and is based upon developing high level research, design and theory understanding.

Breakdown – NEA, exam percentage (Exam board AQA)
Component 1
Exam 50%
Materials and Components, Industrial and Commercial processes, Analysing and Designing products, Sustainability and Technology.

Component 2
Non-Examined Assessment 50% (Afterschool sessions are essential)
20 page document exploring the design process through:
Research, Designing, Making, Testing and Evaluation

Key Stage 5 AS/A Level Product Design (Exam board AQA)

Students will study a wide range of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes. Through the course they will develop a good understanding of how designers and makers work, and have worked, in the real world.
Through the AS and A-level course students will build on the skills developed at GCSE applying these to a real world problem and creating an innovative prototype/model or final product: this will be done using hand tools and traditional machines as well as Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing processes including 3D printing and Laser cutting.

Exam 50%
Core Technical Principals
(Materials, Processes, Product Development and Digital Technologies)
Non-Examined Assessment (50%)
Substantial Design and Make task
(Identifying a project, designing, making and evaluating a prototype)