Design & Technology is a truly cross curricular subject. It allows students to be creative, to work with different materials, to solve real problems, and to draw on knowledge from mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art – and to put that knowledge to use.
Currently, students in years 7 and 8 follow a rotation of modules to cover the subject areas of Food, Textiles and Product Design. There are clear links between all of these areas, but also important and interesting differences.
In Year 9, students may opt to study AQA GCSE Design & Technology or OCR National Engineering Design.
The new GCSE is a challenge, but Design & Technology will continue to encourage the students to be creative and to enjoy their work.
The new OCR National is a vocational course which emphasises the industrial links of the subject.
By delivering modern, stimulating projects the department is able to raise standards of achievement whilst also helping to prepare students for the modern world. All Design & Technology projects involve problem solving, creativity, logical thinking, meeting people’s needs, and healthy living – as well as traditional skills such as numeracy through measurement.
The projects of both subjects teach skills that students can readily transfer to their lives outside the classroom. There is currently a shortage of people for jobs in the creative, manufacturing and engineering industries in this country: qualifications in Design & Technology are an excellent first step towards those opportunities.
Head of Technology
Mr. N. Kells