Design Technology is taught as a specialist subject to all children in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. The lessons take place in the Design Technology workshops which include the general workshop, a sanding and cutting room, a painting room and a design lab.
In the design lab there are computers on which the children can carry out research on the internet and can use the ProDESKTOP CAD programme to help with their constructional drawings and design work. These machines are linked to a Modela 3D CNC Milling Machine, which is in a room alongside the design room. This room also houses the vacuum former and strip heater for use when plastics are a part of the curriculum.
Design Technology will be an option course. It will be taught for 3
hours per week for 2 years. The course will lead to GCSE exam set by the Edexcel examinations board.
The GCSE consists of two units.
Unit One is a design and make activity which is coursework and this accounts for 60% of the final mark. Unit two is knowledge and understanding and this is the examination part of the course and accounts for 40% of the final mark.
GCSE Design Technology covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics in many forms.
As well as learning hand skills, you will use a range of industrial processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of two years you will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to Design Technology and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.