Design & Technology
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject where students use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.
A committed team of subject specialists deliver imaginative lessons encouraging students to succeed in Design and Technology and realise their full potential.
If the number of students working in the department at lunchtime and after school is anything to go by, students really enjoy Design and Technology. Many opt to follow a Design and Technology subject at GCSE and A Level and then go on to pursue a career in one of the many fields of design.
Mr Heaslewood – Head of Department
Mrs Briggs – Teacher of Technology
Mr Lucas - Teacher of Technology
Mrs Crowe - 2nd in Department (Yr 7 & Yr 8); Teacher of Technology
Mr Elsey - Teacher of Technology
Ms Catanach - Teacher in charge of Cooking & Nutrition
Mrs Pashen - 2nd in Department (Yr 9); Teacher of Technology
Mrs I Stoole - D&T Technician
Miss Taylor - C&H Technician
The department has recently been refurbished and now has excellent facilities for all aspects of Design and Technology. There are two multimedia workshops, two graphics/computer rooms, an electronics multimedia workshop, two food rooms, a textiles room and a Sixth Form work area. The department is forward looking and has developed many skills and resources for 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC modelling using a wide range of CAD software.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students follow a scheme of work developed by the department to deliver the national curriculum and enable them to select a Design and Technology option at the end of the key stage.
Students are taught to design, make, evaluate, practice their skills and develop their technical knowledge in the full range of Design and Technology contexts, including:
- Exploring different cultures to identify their own and others problems. Using an iterative design process to design innovative, functional and appealing products. They are taught to select and use specialist tools, techniques and processes, choosing from a wide range of materials and components.
- Students are taught to understand and apply the principles of health and nutrition. To cook a range of savoury dishes to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet and to understand the sources, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.
They are also taught to analyse the work of past and present professionals, new and emerging technologies and to test and refine their ideas against specifications as well as considering the impact and responsibility of designers.
Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based on their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow. The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.
Key Stage 4
Students can choose from a wide range of Design and Technology subjects:
This course is ideal for students who want to study engineering from the designing and planning perspective. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the engineering sector and the types of career opportunities available.
It is a vocational hands-on course aimed at developing core skills in making high-quality products.
During the course, students will have the opportunity to develop traditional skills and also use modern technology practices (laser cutting, 3D printing).
75% controlled assessment; 25% examination
This course places an emphasis on a practical approach to designing, making and evaluating products that meet real-life needs using graphical presentation and modeling techniques.
The following areas build the basis for the Product Design course: Core Knowledge, Technical Knowledge, and Designing & Making principles
In Year 10, a wide range of presentation and modeling techniques are taught to extend pupils’ practical skills. These techniques include freehand sketching, isometric drawing, 1 and 2 point perspective, orthographic drawing, form shading and textures. Considerable time is also spent on computer graphics, CAD and 3D model making.
This course is assessed in two units: 50% controlled assessment and 50% written examination.
This course is ideal for students who want to study materials in a practical way to further develop their understanding of the working properties of woods, metals and polymers. It is a vocational hands-on course aimed at developing core skills in making high-quality products. During the course, students will have the opportunity to develop traditional skills and also use modern technology practices (laser cutting, 3D printing).
60% skills/portfolio and 40% written exam
Fashion and Textiles
This course is ideal for students who want to study Fashion & Textiles in a practical way to further develop their understanding of how clothes are designed and made. It is a vocational hands-on course aimed at developing core skills in making high-quality products. During the course, students will experience different techniques used in industry including colour fabrics, surface embellishment, fabric manipulation and using patterns. 60% skills/portfolio and 40% written exam.
Hospitality and Catering
This course is ideal for students who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study in one of the largest industries in the country.
It is a practical led course where students will gain various skills in problem-solving, researching, presentation, team-working and the preparation and delivery of professional food.
60% controlled assessment; 40% examination
Our GCSE results across the department are excellent and well above the national average.
Key Stage 5
At A Level, students can opt to study Product Design. The new D&T product design course is an Edexcel A Level course.
A general overview of the course is that they will prepare students with design skills for the future and should equip students with current skills in recognising the design needs of other people and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world.
This is a two-year course: coursework 50% and a written theory exam 50%
The theory paper(s) will include open- and short-ended questions as well as extended writing questions testing the students’ knowledge of materials, product analysis, health and safety, the wider impacts of design and industrial and commercial practice. The theory paper(s) will also include a 15% mathematical element.
Students who complete this course will gain skills that are useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study of design and in their personal life (including decision-making skills and the planning and organisation of time and resources). Typical university and career aspirations from this course include and are not limited to product design, engineering, architecture, graphics design, furniture design, industrial design, theatrical set design, interior design, materials engineering, advertising design, exhibition design, engineering design.
Our A Level results are excellent and often some of the best in the country.
For further information regarding our Design & Technology Curriculum please contact:
Mr Heaselwood [email protected]