Design & Technology
Key Stage 3
Each year group spends a block period of time completing tasks which encompass; Electronics, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Structures, Robotics and Mechanisms. ICT is used as a teaching and administrative tool; CAD and CAM are an integral part of the department.
Key Stage 4
We offer two courses at Key Stage 4; G.C.S.E. Product Design and a BTEC First Certificate in Engineering. Both popular choices, where Product Design requires pupils to design, make and evaluate one substantial task before sitting a theory exam. Each is worth 50% of the overall qualification. The BTEC First Certificate in Engineering requires pupils to study 3 areas of engineering through practical tasks.
Key Stage 5
We offer AS and A2 Product Design. As with the G.C.S.E. Pupils complete one design and make task and attend an end of year exam. As well as this we offer a BTEC National Level 3 course in Engineering.
Exam results are continuously above local and National levels. We often compete and are successful within many National Competitions; Young Engineer for Britain, National Crest Awards, Innovation Awards and the Sustainable Design Awards.
There are two spacious and purpose built practical rooms where theory also takes place. Housed between the two rooms is a store room containing a multi station bench saw / planner / thicknesser and resistant materials. A fully equipped IT room is available in the Design Block.