John Spendluffe Technology College
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  Technology Department    
 
         
 
Technology Department
     
         
  Head of Department: Mr P Karklins      
         
  The Technology Department consists of three main areas, these are:      
       
  The importance of Design and Technology
     
 
Through creativity and innovation, design and technology continues to shape our lives. Using an activity-focused approach, a high-quality design and technology education should give pupils opportunities to create, innovate, design, make and evaluate a variety of well-crafted products. Pupils should be taught the technical skills and craftsmanship to execute practical tasks, thereby developing confidence in using these skills.
     
         
  Design and Technology, skills and employment      
 
Design and Technology as a subject is uniquely placed to build the skills that young people need to help them into both employment and self-employment. Design and Technology has the potential to deliver the kind of universal employability skills that employers have repeatedly told us they are looking for, such as creativity, problem solving and the ability to present ideas.
     
         
 
As a subject, Design and Technology can help students to make creative and innovative use of their existing skills and academic knowledge. It can also help engage the less able students who find some subjects a struggle, helping them into more applied, vocational careers.
     
         
  D&T is often named as the most popular and least truanted subject.      
         
 
Design and Technology can also help highlight career opportunities and routes into higher education, by offering a practical insight into different sectors such as graphic design, product design, fashion, food, engineering and architecture.
     
         
 
In building these skills it also builds feelings of confidence and empowerment that young people often lack when entering jobs markets for the first time.
     
         
 
With the focus on raising attainment in English, Maths and Sciences to provide a strong academic foundation, Design and Technology is needed for the practical and creative application of these principles and the development of the universal employability skills that are needed in the workplace, especially in this ever increasing technological age.
     
         
 
2015 = 64% of students gained an A* to C grade. 2007 = 49% of students gained an A* to C grade.
2014 = 84% of students gained an A* to C grade. 2006 = 44% of students gained an A* to C grade.
2013 = 72% of students gained an A* to C grade. 2005 = 33% of students gained an A* to C grade.
2012 = 70% of students gained an A* to C grade. 2004 = 41% of students gained an A* to C grade.
2011 = 61% of students gained an A* to C grade. 2003 = 26% of students gained an A* to C grade.
2010 = 76% of students gained an A* to C grade. 2002 = 28% of students gained an A* to C grade.
2009 = 68% of students gained an A* to C grade. 2001 = 23% of students gained an A* to C grade.
2008 = 56% of students gained an A* to C grade.      
     
         
  Technology Department - Collage      
         
  Key Stage Three (KS3) - Years 7 & 8      
 

Students follow a rotation system (approximately 13 weeks in each area) in order to experience the different areas of Technology. In KS3, most groups will study the following areas:

  • Product Design / Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Graphic Products
  • Textiles Technology
     
 
Within these subjects, students will be expected to design & manufacture a range of products, in addition to researching, planning and evaluation. In addition, students will experience and use of a range of equipment and resources, including laser cutters, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines and the use of computer aided design programs (CAD).
     
         
 
Students will design and manufacture products using different materials, including metals, plastics, woods, smart materials, textiles & food and they will be assessed on their ability to develop complex products in response to a brief.
     
         
  KS3 Food      
         
         
  Key Stage Four (KS4) - Years 9, 10 & 11      
 
Students may select from a range of option subjects in KS4 and most students at the college choose to follow at least one Technology subject, although many choose to study two, or even three Technology options.
     
         
 
The options for Technology consist of GCSE subjects and BTECs and during KS4 students may study to gain one or two different qualifications from one option. The following option combinations are offered to students:
     
         
  Textiles      
  Textiles      
         
  Food Techology      
  KS4 Food      
         
         
  Technology options (3 yr KS4 – current Year 8)      
         
 
Option A GCSE Resistant Materials
 
Option A allows students to gain a full GCSE in Resistant Materials with the further option of gaining a BTEC in construction. GCSE Resistant Materials allows students to design and make two high quality products, such as a working MP3 / mobile phone desk top speaker box and a second project based on student ideas and investigations. The course involves developing design and manufacturing skills, including the use of computer aided design and manufacture. BTEC Construction allows students to develop skills associated with the building trade; topics include joinery, construction techniques and plumbing.
     
 

 

     
 
Option B BTEC Engineering
 
Option B allows students to study for BTEC in Engineering with the further option of gaining a GCSE in Resistant Materials.  BTEC Engineering provides students with the skills and knowledge associated with mechanical engineering and products manufactured include a football kicking machine, lamp clamps, screwdrivers etc.  Students will develop knowledge using a range of equipment including centre lathes, pillar drills and the use of computer aided design and manufacture. 
     
         
 
Option C GCSE Graphics
 
Option C allows students to gain a full GCSE in Graphics with the further option of gaining a BTEC in Engineering.  GCSE Graphics allows students to design and make two high quality products, which could include a board game and architecture style model building.  The course involves developing design and manufacturing skills, including the use of computer aided design and manufacture and students will also develop knowledge completing coursework folders with a portfolio of designs and developments. 
     
         
 
Option D GCSE Food with Food Hygiene Certificate
 
Option D allows students to gain a full GCSE in Food Technology with the further option of gaining a Food Hygiene Certificate.  Students will be expected to complete a number of written and practical assignments on food and will need to complete two practical projects, which account for 60% of the GCSE.  Themes include ‘Food products from around the world’, ‘Ready meals’ and ‘Special diets.  Students will produce coursework folders as well as completing various practical based activities to build skills, confidence and knowledge.
   
 
Student will also have the opportunity to study for a Food Safety Certificate which will be beneficial to them in the future if they are intending to enter the Catering or Hospitality Industry.
     
         
 
Option E GCSE Textiles
 
Option E allows students to gain a full GCSE Textiles by designing and producing two original textiles pieces. Additionally, students will further develop their fundamental textiles skills and understanding of fabrics and fashion. Each themed-project provided by the examination board can be broadly interpreted which affords students enormous opportunity for individuality and creativity.  Although students must provide their own materials, these can easily and conveniently be sourced from recycling unwanted materials; in fact, some themed-projects insist upon recycled materials being used.
   
 
Upon completion of the two practical themed-projects students must undertake a written examination to complete the course. The written examination tests students’ knowledge of sustainability issues, as well as the necessary technical aspects of ‘designing’ and ‘making’ techniques.
   
 
This ‘hands-on’ GCSE course offers students an excellent opportunity to be both imaginative and creative, while at the same time learning fundamental textiles skills that will last them a lifetime.
     
         
         
  Technology options - KS4 (current Year 8)      
  Options for Year 8 include the following:      
 
Option A GCSE Resistant Materials
Option B Vocational Engineering
Option C GCSE Graphics
Option D GCSE Food
Option E GCSE Textiles
     
         
         
  Other Technology Activities      
 
In addition to academic study, the Design and Technology Department is involved with a range of other activities in order to promote and encourage the subject. These include the following:
     
         
       
         
         
         
 
     
 
 
Technology - Food Technology - Textiles