Design Technology

Design Technology

Meet the Department

Mr N Gough Head of Technology
Mr P Daley Teacher of Technology

Subject Overview

Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.  The course has been designed to encourage pupils to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.  They will acquire and apply knowledge and understanding through: Short focused tasks to develop making techniques, analysing and evaluating products and processes, developing ideas, planning and producing products, considering how past and present design and technology affects society, recognising moral, cultural and environmental issues that form part of design and technology. They will learn how their ideas could be manufactured, both individually and commercially, including the use of CAD/CAM. The necessary graphic techniques will be developed to enhance the design folder work. During the course the emphasis is placed on combining skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and manufacture quality products in quantity. Students acquire and apply knowledge, skill and understanding through;

  • Developing design, research and investigation skills
  • An understanding of a variety of materials and their properties
  • An appreciation of the manufacture of commercial products
  • An understanding of the link between the designer, the manufacturer and the user
  • Market research, costing and the evaluation of products
  • Developing practical skills
  • Recognising the moral, cultural and environmental issues inherent in design technology

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Extra Curricular Opportunities