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      Design and Technology

      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.

      Examination Results

      GCSE:         

      10% A* 27% A*-A       77% A*-B        90% A*-C       100% A*-D

      A Level:         

       28% A*-A       71% A*-B        100% A*-C

      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.

      Enrichment Opportunities

      • Arkwright Scholarships – aimed at A Level students to follow a career in engineering. By a three- stage application starting around Christmas.
      • Rollercoaster Challenge – a challenge set by Siemens to design & build a rollercoaster from KNex. For Year 7-9 teams.
      • IET Faraday Challenge days – by invitation for Year 8 pupils to take on a challenge set on the day. Requires creative and imaginative thinking.
      • Siemens Manufacturing Challenge – a day-long competition in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition.
      • Jewellery Club – run by Mrs Campbell (available at F/A).
      • STEM Challenges – for all years: various challenges during the year involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
      • D&T Projects Club – for pupils to come along and tackle their own independent projects or to catch up on curriculum work.

      Careers

      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.

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