Design and Technology
In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
- The National Curriculum
Key Stage 3
We offer Textile Design and Design & Technology to Key Stage 3 students on a learning carousel. Students visit both subjects for either a third, or a half of the year, depending on their tutor group. Either way they have exposure to a rich curriculum offer and exciting ‘design and make’ projects.
Textile Design centres on mastering sewing machine skills and the use of material as medium, and Design & Technology allows students to experience a design brief for a hypothetical client and consumer need. Both subjects allow for progression on to GCSE.
Key Stage 4
We offer GCSE courses in:
- Textile Design (see the Creative & Expressive Arts page - The Visual Arts tab)
- Design & Technology
- Food Preparation & Nutrition.
Design & Technology is a three-year course where students embark on the study of:
- Core technical principles
- Specialist technical principles
- Designing and making principles
This begins in Year 9 with students learning the value of working on a client brief by solving real and relevant design problems through a robust, iterative process.
In Year 10 students learn about a wide range of new and emerging technologies and continue to develop their understanding of ‘design and make’ concepts to solve problems, and towards the end of the year they begin working on their Non-Examination Assessment (NEA).
Food Preparation & Nutrition involves the study of these five key areas:
- Food nutrition and health
- Food science
- Food safety
- Food choice
- Food provenance
There are two practical investigations in Years 10 and 11, and a written paper in Year 11.