Design & Technology

Design and technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject calls for students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.

KS3

All students work with a range of materials, tools and equipment throughout years 7, 8 and 9. Throughout years 7-9 the students rotate through the three DT subject areas of Resistant Materials (RM), Textiles and Food. Students are introduced to a range of materials and techniques and will develop and refine their understanding of these throughout KS3.
In year 7 students complete three projects, in RM it is the jewelry design, Textiles is wall hanging and decorative design and Food is exploring Nutrition and learning basic hygiene and cooking skills. 
In year 8 students explore the themes of clock design in RM, toy design in Textiles, and they learn to cook a range of main meals in Food.
In year 9 students learn about storage design in RM, they explore bag design in in Textiles and investigate Fusion Foods in food.

KS4

We offer a BTEC in Home Cooking Skills:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/myskills/btec-home-cooking-skills.html

This course aims to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals at home. Learners will gain understanding of how to economise when planning meals to cook at home. The unit will encourage learners to transfer skills learnt to other recipes to continue cooking for themselves and their families and to inspire others by passing on their knowledge. The unit is based on the chef Jamie Oliver’s proposition that being able to cook is an essential life skill which empowers people to make changes that have benefits to health and wellbeing.

How is it assessed?

A series of practical assignments that are accompanied by a learner record analysing and evaluating work completed. Witness statements and observations of skills play an important part in the assessment of student skills.

We also offer the Level1 DEC course in Design, Engineer and Construct. Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC!) is an accredited learning programme for secondary-school age students and has been expertly developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals. Through a project-based approach, DEC! applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices. The result is young people with real-world practical experience and employability skills.The central project is the design and construction of an ‘Eco Classroom’ following industry standard commercial practices, which includes the use of Building Information Modelling techniques using industry standard software and provides young learners with a range of progressive skills which are in high demand in a wide range of careers in the built environment. The course philosophy is that it is far better to learn through creating original work (or original remixes of other people’s work) that has a real and practical purpose than to do simulations or theoretical exercises.

Find out more at: http://designengineerconstruct.com/

How is it assessed?

Students complete a series of assignments that assess a range of abilities related to the building and construction industry. They also have to sit exams that assess their ability to recognise and recall pertinent information relating to health and safety and engineering practises. 

KS5

We offer the Level1/2 DEC course in Design, Engineer and Construct. Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC!) is an accredited learning programme for secondary-school age students and has been expertly developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals. Through a project-based approach, DEC! applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices. The result is young people with real-world practical experience and employability skills.The central project is the design and construction of an ‘Eco School’ following industry standard commercial practices, which includes the use of Building Information Modelling techniques using industry standard software and provides young learners with a range of progressive skills which are in high demand in a wide range of careers in the built environment. The tasks students complete will lend themselves to cross-curricular work supporting raising attainment in other subjects such as Art and Design, Science and IT; and improve skills such as numeracy, literacy, research. The course philosophy is that it is far better to learn through creating original work (or original remixes of other people’s work) that has a real and practical purpose than to do simulations or theoretical exercises.

Find out more at: http://designengineerconstruct.com/

How is it assessed?

Students complete a series of assignments that assess a range of abilities related to the building and construction industry. They also have to sit exams that assess their ability to recognise and recall pertinent information relating to health and safety and engineering practises.