Design Technology

The Department's Aims: 

  • To enhance all students’ appreciation of the technological world around us, and the skills involved in designing and manufacturing products
  • To nurture and develop each students’ enthusiasm and creative potential by encouraging effort through an appreciation of quality of design and manufacture
  • To foster an understanding of a wide range of materials and their appropriateness for different applications, as well as our social responsibilities to conserve and recycle materials in the interest of the environment
  • To develop an understanding of control systems used in engineering including mechanical, electrical and electronic control systems.
  • To develop the students’ use of mathematical and scientific principles appropriate to their projects
  • To encourage and develop students’ potential for careers in design, technology and engineering
  • To promote safety awareness through the use of safe working practices
  • To promote an Engineering ethos in the department
  • To develop independent learning especially when undertaking project work.

Key Stage 3

During years 7, 8 and 9 students will develop their skills in Designing and Making, through a range of projects as shown in the table below.

They will also develop a knowledge of the materials, processes and control systems used in this subject.

Please see Year Groups below for more information. 

Useful Websites 

www.design-technology.info/revisionguides

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/design

www.design-technology.org

www.focuselearning.co.uk

Year 7

  • Properties/processes/materials - knowledge
  • Trebuchet – making
  • Electronics knowledge
  • Electronic moisture sensor
  • Kitchen design
  • Food recipes
  • Food health and safety knowledge

Year 8

  • Electronics knowledge
  • Electronic moisture sensor
  • Kitchen design
  • Bridge modelling
  • Structures and forces knowledge
  • Food recipes
  • Food health and safety knowledge
  • Kitchen design

Year 9

  • Food recipes
  • Food health and safety knowledge
  • Electronic knowledge
  • Genie PIC programing
  • Kitchen design
  • Wind turbine modelling
  • Structures and forces knowledge

 

GCSE Specification for Year 10

During Year 10 students will develop their skills and knowledge in their chosen option and will also start their GCSE coursework projects.  They will take an end of year examination testing their understanding of the technical knowledge in their chosen option.  Students have 2 options to choose from and these are:

Electronics

  • Developing a working knowledge of electronic components.
  • Design and manufacture an electronic project

Design Engineer and Construct in the built environment

  • Design a building for the local community using REVIT modelling software.
  • Develop and test their knowledge of this engineering sector.

GCSE Specification for Year 11

During year 11 students will complete their GCSE coursework projects.  They will also take a series of examination papers to test and develop their understanding of the technical knowledge in their chosen option.

Electronic products

  • Complete their design coursework project.
  • Complete their making coursework project
  • Test and develop their knowledge of graphics materials/processes.

Resistant materials

  • Complete their design coursework project.
  • Complete their making coursework project
  • Test and develop their knowledge of materials and processes.

Engineering

  • Complete their design coursework project.
  • Complete their making coursework project
  • Test and develop their knowledge of mass producing products.

Year 12 AS Level Specification

During Year 12 start to develop and test their understanding of the technical knowledge in their chosen option, as well as starting their coursework projects.

Design Engineer and Construct in the built environment

·       Select a suitable site and design a building using REVIT modelling software.

·       Develop and test their knowledge of this engineering sector. 

Electronics

·       Design and manufacture coursework project.

·       Develop and test their knowledge of systems and control.

Year 13 A Level Specification

During Year 13 students will complete their A2 coursework project. They will also develop and test their understanding of the technical knowledge in their chosen option.

Product Design 

  • Complete their A2 design and manufacture coursework project.
  • Develop and test their knowledge of product design.

Systems and Control

  • Complete their A2 design and manufacture coursework project.
  • Develop and test their knowledge of systems and control.