Design & Technology

"In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team using the different material areas of resistant materials, textiles and food."

Design and Technology offers opportunities for students to:

  • develop their designing and making skills;
  • develop knowledge and understanding of materials and components; systems and control; and structures;
  • develop their capability, through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding to design and make products;
  • nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making;
  • explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live, work and interact within it;
  • develop a critical understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, and how they contribute to our society;
  • prepare for making a contribution to life and work in a technological society;
  • relate and apply knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum.

Lower School

In Years 7 and 8 students carry out a series of design and make projects in the four material areas of resistant materials, textiles, graphics and food.

In Year 7 our aim is to produce creative autonomous designers with the will and insight to want to change and modify our environment for the better. This is taught through exciting units of work in the material areas of food, product design, graphics and textiles. The core of every material area is the design process which develops skills in:

  • Generation, development and communication of ideas
  • Creative response and problem solving of briefs and tasks
  • Applying knowledge and understanding of materials and processes
  • Reflection and evaluation of own designing

By the end of Year 7 students will have a portfolio of 2D and 3D design solutions that will evidence their analytical, theoretical and practical capabilities within the context of design.

Upper School

Year 9

Year 9 is an exciting time for students as they take part in a design project that introduces them to the design process used in all technology specialisms. Students will then choose one material area to focus on where the full design process will be carried out from research, generating and developing ideas, modelling, trialling and testing leading to the full realisation of an end product, which will prepare them for GCSE, if they choose to take the subject further.

Years 10 and 11

The department offers courses in:

Product Design/3D Design – Using materials such as plastics, woods, metals to create items such as storage, sustainable and jewelry products

Textiles Design – Using the many different fibres and fabrics to create products for both fashion and interior spaces

Food Preparation and Nutrition – Using ingredients to modify and create new and exciting food products

Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. The distinction between Designing and Making is a convenient one to make, but in practice the two often merge. For example, research can involve not only investigating 2D material and people’s opinions, but also investigating proportion, function, colour, structure or material through practical work.

All of these courses are underpinned by the same generic process of designing but the material areas create different challenges that give the opportunity to be creative, innovative and develop design solutions. There is a huge emphasis on problem solving and recognising the moral, social, cultural and environmental issues within design, as a product can, in reality, have both a positive and negative effect on our society.

In carrying out projects students will develop planning and presentation skills. Using a variety of media, including ICT, students will produce a portfolio of work that will demonstrate their ability to communicate in a variety of ways.

Assessment for all of these courses is is listed below:
    Textiles/ 3D Design- Unit 1-Portfolio of work- 60%, Unit 2- Externally set task- 40%
    Product Design- 60% coursework portfolio,  40% written examination

    Food preparation and Nutrition- NEA 1 and 2- 50% and a written examination- 50%

Success in any of the design courses will provide an opportunity for further study at AS and A Level.

Sixth Form

The Department offers courses in A Level Textiles Design, A Level 3D Design and A level Food Technology.

A Level – Textiles and 3D Design

Both these courses encourage students to better understand the visual world and provide opportunities to develop a visual language and explore design outcomes.

Students become more aware and confident when making aesthetic judgements and develop their skills to become independent, autonomous artists and designers.

The course is split into 2 components:

  • The portfolio unit; personal investigation
  • The externally set assignment.

Each unit encourages creativity through project work, which is defined by a collection of work in response to an idea and use of a theme.

Many of our students go on to study Art and Design in further and higher education institutions.