Design Technology


Design Technology prepares students to participate in and adapt to the demands of the rapidly-changing world.

Students take into account aesthetics, economic, social and environmental issues and industrial practices and use this knowledge to develop solutions to design problems. Throughout this work students are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology and its effectiveness.

Through design and technology, all students can become innovators, and all can enjoy and achieve.

Department Staff


Name Position
Mrs S Cottle Head of Department
Mr D Stothard 14-19 Vocational Co-ordinator
Mr A Badger Teacher of D&T
Mr A Carr Teacher of D&T / Second in Department
Mr D Mogie Teacher of D&T
Ms L Thomson Teacher of D&T
Miss A Patterson Teacher of D&T
Ms. A Nicol Teacher of D&T / BTEC Co-ordinator
Mr B Gray Technician/First Aider
Mr J McVeigh Senior Technician
Mrs V Taylor Learning Mentor


KS3


The DT curriculum is designed to prepare students thoroughly for their KS4 experience at the Academy. A range of exciting projects provide students with the opportunities to work individually and collaboratively, encouraging them to develop their enquiry, design, and team building skills. The design process allows students to: explore ideas and the design context, generate ideas, develop & model ideas, plan, make and evaluate.

Student's work on exciting projects.

New and traditional materials and technologies are utilised to create high quality outcomes. Across the key stage students are given opportunities to develop their CAD/CAM skills. The department benefits from a number of modern CNC machines.

Student’s progress against the new programme of study in Design Technology is monitored and checked against a series of steps to success.


KS4 (GCSE & BTEC)


At Key Stage 4 the DT department currently offers the following qualifications:

  • GCSE Graphic Products
  • GCSE Resistant Materials
  • BTEC Engineering

The courses are taught in well-equipped specialist rooms.


KS5


At Key Stage 5 the DT department currently offers the following qualification:

BTEC Engineering – 6, 12 & 18 Unit (Ends 2017)
BTEC Engineering – Diploma (10 unit) & Extended Diploma (15 Unit) (from 2016)
GCE A2 and A/S Product Design

Students of all abilities following the courses demonstrating high levels of achievement, with many going on to study technical and design based courses at degree level. Some of the work produced by students is shown below:


Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Opportunities


The department offers a range of additional opportunities for students ranging from after-school sessions, revision sessions, holiday sessions, engineering competitions, trips and industrial visits.

Exam Specifications


Exam Specification
GCSE Graphics AQA
GCSE Resistant Materials AQA
BTEC (GCSE) EdExcel
BTEC (Post 16) Edexcel

 


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