Head of Technology: Mr Karklins
"Product Design & Engineering Design focuses on developing technological skills and knowledge. In addition, students develop many other key skills appropriate for the world of work, such as problem solving and the ability to develop innovative solutions to problems."
This area of Technology aims to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed by students to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students develop a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
Students will develop practical and theoretical knowledge using a range of modern and traditional materials and processes.
In year 7 students will study one module of Product Design. During this module they will develop design skills by producing innovative solutions to design problems and then acquire a range of practical skills by manufacturing their ideas, in addition to a range of other products.
Students will gain knowledge of a wide range of processes and materials, including computer aided design and manufacture, and develop key skills in problem solving.
In year 8 students will follow one module of Product Design. They will develop a broader range of technological skills, including the use of laser cutters and 3D printers to manufacture designs.
Students will use more advanced design skills using computer aided design (CAD) programs to develop creative and innovative solutions and develop greater understanding through testing and evaluating outcomes and reviewing the impact of their designs on society and the environment.
In year 9 students will follow one module of Engineering / Product Design. In this academic year students will focus on developing more advanced technological skills and knowledge by designing and manufacturing a range of innovative products using more complex materials and processes, including electronic & computer aided control.
Students will develop and enhance manufacturing skills and understanding, including the use of computer-aided manufacture with equipment such as laser cutters, CNC vinyl cutters & 3D printing. There is a much greater emphasis on developing theoretical knowledge of design, materials, processes and the application of Science and Maths when designing and manufacturing products.
In year 10, students will have selected either GCSE Design & Technology or Engineering Design, or in some cases both options. In Engineering Design, students will focus on completing coursework units towards their final grade. Various topics will be taught leading to the completion of assessed work in a range of areas, including design, 3D production and product analysis. In addition, students will develop key theoretical knowledge in preparation for an external examination, which accounts for 25% of the course.
GCSE Design & Technology students will focus mainly on the theme of graphics as their specialist area but will develop skills and theoretical understanding using other materials including timbers, metals, polymers and textiles. Students will develop key examination knowledge and develop project skills in preparation for the project theme release in June of Year 10.
In year 11, Engineering Design students will continue to focus on completing coursework units and working towards developing theoretical knowledge in preparation for the external examinations.
GCSE Design & Technology students will be completing their main project, which accounts for 50% of the GCSE course. The project will require students to investigate and research their chosen theme and then generate a range of design proposals to meet the needs of their identified user. A chosen design will then be developed into a final idea, which will be manufactured to a high standard using a range of skills and processes. Students will then test and evaluate their manufactured design and review their findings.
Upon completion of their projects, students will then refocus on developing and enhancing theoretical knowledge in preparation for the external examination, which accounts for 50% of the GCSE.