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. Projects in the lower school provide students with the skills in design and manufacture to allow them a pathway at GCSE. Projects use varied contextual challenges to allow students to develop their creativity and bring a sense of personality in their designing. Whilst manufacturing students will learn the necessary skills to utilise CAD/CAM in their work.
At GCSE and A Level, students study Design & Technology, following the Eduqas courses in Product Design. 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 three suites of computers in adjoining classrooms. 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, 3D Printer and CNC Router which enable students to manufacture their products to a very high standard.
Course Summary and Specifications
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