Design and Technology
Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students learn to use a wide range of metal working, plastic working and wood working tools. Each student works through two projects a year, which are challenging and will leave them with an end product of which they can be proud.
The department is kept up to date with modern technologies, such as a laser cutter, vinyl cutter and 3-D printer. These technologies are currently embedded into all projects at Key Stage 3 level.
Key Stage 4
During the GCSE course in Resistant Materials, students will get a chance to perfect their skills from Key Stage 3. The final grade is split between a coursework unit and a final exam. The exam is worth 40% and consists of knowledge of tools, materials, processes and designers. The coursework element, which is worth the remaining 60%, is comprised of a folder and a practical piece.
The practical element for coursework is chosen by the student, who will design and make a product from their own ideas.
The skills with which each student will leave the GCSE course will allow them to follow a career path in both the design sector and the engineering sector. Abilities in creative design and professional manufacturing, using hand tools and modern technologies (including CAD/CAM) are developed in all students.