Design & Technology
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 Design & Technology is taught in carousel lessons, with students rotating around four key projects, working with a range of different materials. Each project in split into having a focus on ‘mainly designing’, ‘mainly making’ or ‘designing and making’.
The focus on our Key Stage 3 curriculum is to make what students are learning modern and inspiring, which prepares them for the 21st Century technological world.
- Designing & making: Alessi – Everyday Design
- Mainly designing: The Designed World – Skills Portfolio
- Mainly designing: Design Fiction – Urban Future Home
- Mainly making: Let’s Get Cooking
- Mainly making: New & Emerging Technologies
- Designing & making: E-textiles – Wearable Tech
- Mainly designing: Biomimicry – Designed by Nature
- Designing & making: Street Food Makeover
At KS3, we also have an annual ADT Competition to celebrate the talent of our students where they are tasked with designing and making their own piece in response to a set brief. This is always an exciting event which is thoroughly enjoyed by students as it gives students the opportunity to work more openly and showcase their talent and creative flair.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Design & Technology
Students will undertake a spectrum of projects exploring the different stages of Design and Manufacture that would be used in commercial practices. This course
allows students the freedom to work in any material on a brief that they find engaging.
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. It develops skills and knowledge gained in Key stage 3, designing and making in woods, metals, plastics, card and fabric.
The course teaches students what they need to know to become modern designers and addresses the challenges they face in the 21st Century. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible.
This course will challenge students to solve problems, think analytically and learn technical drawing techniques.
GCSE D&T students are also offered a range of exciting opportunities to get an insight into industry through work with our Designer in Residence and various other links the department has with professional designers.
Level 1 / 2 Hospitality & Catering
At Key Stage 4 we also offer WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering. Students studying this course will learn about the following core topics:
- Introduction to the Hospitality and catering Industry
- Working in the Hospitality and catering Industry
- Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality and catering
- Planning, Preparing, Cooking and Finishing Food
Students will also learn about: ingredients, the characteristics of food, foods for differing occasions, commercial costing, developing their own dishes and menus, food hygiene and safety at work, nutrition and menu planning, kitchen design, food presentation and the use of larger industrial equipment.
We are also lucky to have links with local restaurant The Woodspeen who have worked previously with our students to develop their culinary skills.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 we offer A level Product Design.
Product Design is a highly creative and thought-provoking subject which gives students the hands-on practical experience of a wide range of materials and processes, as well as the theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a wide range of careers in the creative industries. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.
Through a range of rich and stimulating projects, students are encouraged to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills to produce their own 3D outcomes, through which they will learn to work with precision and flair to develop their own personal style and skill set along the way. Students will investigate the historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology to give you a firm understanding and awareness of real-world design, including current technologies and trends, whilst enjoying the opportunities to put what has been learnt into practice by producing a range of varied prototypes of the student’s own choice.
Over the two years students are encouraged to take design risks, show innovation and work collaboratively with others, including users and experts to develop and refine their design skill set. Students will draw on knowledge from other subject areas too such as science and maths to inform design decisions and apply these skills when making. Students have the freedom of being able to tailor design and make projects to their own strengths and interests, allowing you more control over the topics they would like to cover in order to prepare them for your future career path.
Throughout Key Stage 4 and 5, we put an emphasis on celebrating and showcasing the work and talent of our students in Design and Technology through an annual end
of year exhibition, which we invite students, parents and other from the local community to attend.