Design and Technology is currently offered at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level.
All pupils in the First and Second Forms (Years 7 and 8) are taught two terms of Design and Technology and one term of Food and Nutrition in a carousel arrangement. In the Third Form (Year 9), Students will have the opportunity to design and manufacture products developing a full range of skills including using the Laser Cutter which forms part of the departments CAD/CAM education.
Design and Technology forms part of a set of options which includes Modern Languages and creative subjects. About ninety students choose to study Design and Technology in the Third Form. In addition, the department runs a two day ‘industry challenge’ event for all Third Form students.
At GCSE and A Level, students study Product Design, following the WJEC courses. On average, about forty students take GCSE. Students also have the opportunity to continue to study Product Design at A Level.
Design and Technology is housed in an impressive purpose-built facility on the main school site. The design room has computers and an interactive whiteboard and there is access to a suite of computers in an adjoining classroom. The workshops are set up to cater for wood, metalwork and plastic. In addition to the traditional tools and machinery the department boasts a Laser Cutter which enables students to manufacture their products to a very high standard. Food and Nutrition is taught in a nearby room which is equipped for both practical and theory work. Both areas are well resourced with suitable equipment, textbooks, videos and support materials.
Course Summary and Specifications
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