Design & Technology

Head of Department: Miss A M Healy BA (Luton)

Design and Technology is taught from Elements (Year 7) to Grammar (Year 9) as part of their curriculum and then as option for GCSE and A Level.  Students learn about the different materials, tools and processes as well as the theory element of Design and Technology.  Various materials including wood, metal and plastic to develop the students skills.  The department ensures it utilises all available resources from computer aided design tools, to 3D printers.

GCSE Overview

This course has a clear and simple structure to help students revise for and relate the work done for Controlled Assessment to the exam. There is a practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials are required but other materials may be used in addition.

Year 10

Students focus on a number of small design and make activities / projects. Each project will focus on a number of skills / techniques and allow students to work with different materials including woods, metals, plastics, composite materials and SMART materials. This year focuses on developing student’s skills and knowledge of the subject area. Lessons are divided into folder work, practical and theory based sessions, with homework being set on a regular basis.

Year 11

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. The design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper.

It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Exam Board: AQA
Coursework folder: Controlled Assessment

  • 90 marks
  • 60% of the total marks

Exam: Written Paper

  • 2 hours
  • 20 marks
  • 40% of the total marks

One paper with two sections:

Section A: A design question based on context sup-plied before the exam (30 marks)
Section B: Covers all aspects of the specification content (90 marks)

Areas Design and Technology could lead to:

  • A-Levels in Resistant Materials or Product Design
  • Product Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Automotive Design
  • Teaching
  • Furniture Design
  • Architecture
  • Manufacturing
  • CAD / CAM Design
  • Engineering

The Design and Technology department holds extra support sessions every lunchtime, P7 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and after school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for:

  • Help with homework
  • Catch up on class work
  • Support on a particular topic
  • Carry out personal projects