Design and Technology is an enjoyable subject which offers pupils the opportunity to be creative and independent in their learning. Teaching and learning is dynamic and the expertise of staff within the department allows pupils to develop.
Pupils have the chance to work in an area of their choice at KS4, with current options including GCSE Product Design, GCSE Catering, BTEC Construction and the Jamie Oliver Award. Class sizes are generally smaller than other subjects which allows for a greater emphasis to be placed on support within all lessons. There is a clear and thorough assessment strategy in place for all pupils and this is especially important for GCSE courses as 60% of the final grade is Controlled Assessment, where pupils can research, design and develop a project of their choice.
Key Stage 3
The Design and Technology curriculum at KS3 offers pupils the opportunity to work with a wide and varied range of materials, ingredients, tools and equipment. KS3 lessons are taught on a carousel with pupils completing four projects during each year. These projects cover material areas of Food Technology, Materials, Electronics and CAD/CAM. In each of these areas pupils are assessed on designing and making activities, with regular feedback given to enable pupils to develop and improve their attainment within the subject.
In this film some Year 8 students demonstrate how to use a Vacuum Former.
Key Stage 4
This course is concerned with the design and manufacture of a variety of commercial products in wood, metal, plastic and compliant materials. You will learn to use CAD software, work with a range of materials, hand tools, machines as well as learning about design influences and sustainability.
This course focuses largely on the practical and theoretical aspects of food preparation in a professional context, as well as a range of general topics linked to the hospitality and catering industry. Areas of study include: food preparation, cooking and presentation, health, safety and hygiene, costing and portion control, specialist equipment, communication and record keeping, job roles and employment opportunities, including relevant training. The assessment involves the production of numerous food dishes which are assessed for their level of skill and suitability by teacher observation and external examination. The practical assessment tasks are further supported by a small portfolio of research, planning and evaluation presented as a A4 folder of work.
In this film some GCSE and BTEC work is on display at the 2013 exhibition.
BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Construction
This qualification has been designed to help you understand aspects of construction and the skills required to work successfully in the industry. You will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding through a wide range of practical activities and will also develop your employability skills through working as a team member, meeting deadlines, and communicating with each other.
There is an opportunity to experience construction in the ‘real world’ by visiting construction sites and investigating health and safety on site.
There is an element of theory with this course and you will be required to complete an folder showing your understanding of tools, equipment and processes in construction.