Design and Technology

Design and Technology should challenge and inspire learners to question the world around them, creatively exploring products and materials to identify avenues for improvement.

Throughout their studies, students will develop a wide range of design, modelling and manufacturing skills, utilising both traditional and modern manufacturing technologies.

What will I study?

Year 7

  • Measuring, making and finishing products with accuracy
  • Identify and select appropriate tools for a range of practical tasks
  • Using sketching, Isometric, Perspective and Orthographic as a means of communicating design intentions
  • Introduction to CAD as an aid for design

Year 8

  • An introduction to Iterative design
  • The process of designing in response to a brief with an unknown or undefined outcome
  • Exploration of permanent joining techniques
  • Further development of CAD CAM as a modern manufacturing system

Year 9

Throughout the year, learners complete four projects, each presenting a different challenge. Students will also have introductions to our well-resourced machine shop and the rapid prototyping technologies within school.

  • Recognising and understanding a range of manufacturing systems
  • Developing understanding of mechanical and physical properties seen within a range of materials
  • Developing both practical and design skills in a range of materials, using a range of advanced processes including the turning and heat treatments

Years 10 and 11

We offer GCSE Design and Technology and Level 2 Engineering - students will be able to choose to follow one or both. Both qualifications offer an exciting opportunity to develop and refine the analysis, design and manufacture skills required for successful continuation within the subjects.

GCSE Design and Technology
  • Strong emphasis on understanding and being able to apply the iterative design process
  • Encourages students to explore their creativity and imagination to design in response to design contexts and considering their own needs and others needs, wants and values
  • Delivered through a mixture of practical and knowledge sessions to meet the demands of the NEA and the linear examination
  • Key learning points include: Working in a Range of Materials; Identifying and Investigating Design Possibilities; Producing a Design Brief and Specification; Generating, Developing and Realising Design Ideas and Analysing & Evaluating
Level 2 Engineering
  • Develops students’ understanding of the processes involved in transferring a design concept into a product.
  • They apply their knowledge and skills by operating manufacturing equipment following a design specification, using tools such as CAD/CAM
  • Key learning points include: Engineering Materials; Processes and Production; Preparing and Planning for Manufacture; Computer Aided Manufacturing and Quality Control of Engineered Products

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Design and Technology

Exam Board: AQA
  • Linear examinations
  • Controlled assessment

Level 2 Engineering

Exam Board: OCR
  • 3 internally assessed units
  • 1 externally assessed examination unit

What else can I get involved in?

For information on all our enrichment opportunities, please see our enrichment programme here.

What career could I have with a qualification in Design & Technology?

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Architecture
  • Building and Surveying
  • Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Textiles

Careers which require a Design and Technology qualification include:

  • CAD Technician
  • Clothing / Textile Technologist
  • Colour Technologist
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Product Designer

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