About the Department
The department is staffed by two full-time members of staff who are supported by a full-time Technician shared with the Art department. The department is committed to the teaching of product design as a philosophy and all pupils are encouraged to see design as an important everyday factor in their lives. Both members of teaching staff have a proven track record of academic success.
56% A*-B 86% A*-C 100% A*-D
20% A*-A 40% A*-B 100% A*-D
Subject Content & Syllabus
Design & Technology is taught to all pupils in Years 7 and 8. Each group has two lessons per fortnight during which pupils are introduced to a range of projects and materials, aimed at building students’ ability to solve problems, work in teams and develop manufacturing skills including the use of our CAD/ CAM facilities.
Year 9 is an optional year where pupils are allocated an extra lesson per fortnight to allow them to be- come more specialised and develop a higher standard of practical outcome whilst always learning new skills. The importance of a broader view of design in society is also taught during this year.
GCSE courses follow the AQA Design & Technology Course introduced this year. This will involve an iterative design approach alongside a more detailed and focused curriculum content. All pupils taking this course will develop skills across a full range of materials including electronics and textiles. The pupils will have to submit a Non Exam Assessment(NEA) in addition to a 2 hour examination paper. Pupils are allocated 6 periods per fortnight to follow this course.
The current A Level provision for students follows the AQA Design & Technology: Product Design course. This new A level course is delivered for the first time this year and is a linear programme with examinations and coursework being submitted at the end of year 13.
Current lesson provision is for students to have 12 lessons per fortnight for A Level courses which allows students to develop their skills to an exceptionally high level.
Monitoring & Assessment
Students are carefully monitored over the course of each half term and regular feedback is given to parents over progress. D&T National Curriculum criteria are used to ensure pupils are progressing. At Key Stages 4 & 5, a greater focus on specific project criteria ensures that pupils are achieving the required national standards and more. Assessments of progress are made every half-term.
A huge range of careers can be followed through the study of D&T. Engineering careers from traditional engineering through to the modern application of new technology in the design and manufacture of products and Apps can all be followed at university.