The Design Technology Department prides itself on creating a stimulating environment for students and a history of turning young designers/ caterers into mature thinkers that challenge the whole notion of design.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage Three we allow students to gain skills in areas of the National Curriculum.
Year seven students cover projects such as the Egg Holder, Steady Hand Game, Food, etc.
Years eight and nine students continue with their food experience and also cover projects such as the Mechanical Toy and Product Analysis.
Key Stage 4: GCSE
In Years 10 and 11, options are available in Resistant Materials and Child Development. Our courses are very popular and also develop students into motivated individuals who are keen to excel. We encourage innovative ideas and expect high standards.
Key Stage 5: GCSE
Year 12 and 13 students follow the WJEC Product Design course. They cover two coursework pieces and sit two exams. At this level individuals flourish into mature, independent designers. A high number of students go on to study courses in Product Design (Brunel, Loughborough, Cardiff, Swansea), Ergonomic Design, Engineering (e.g. Automotive) or Foundation courses. Some students choose to take up apprenticeships, with companies such as AIRBUS.
Why Choose Design and Technology
We have a proven track record in developing students in readiness for further study. One of our ex pupils is now designing yachts in Portsmouth.
We have had great success at the WJEC Innovation Awards, with annual representation. We have also been successful in more local events such as the Engineering Team Challenge.
Visiting industry and exhibitions helps the department to cover aspects of the course in detail. The department has a well-equipped design studio with Computer Aided Design equipment and networked computers for word processing and the application of other computer based work. The workshops are also well equipped and provide an excellent environment for working with a wide range of materials and processes.