Design & Technology consists of 4 different subjects. Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Graphics, and Textiles
The purpose of the Key Stage 3 curriculum is to give students a wide experience of all areas within the subject. This is done on a rotational basis and the students rotate throughout all the subject areas. Their teacher may change with the change of subject. This gives a good basis for choosing GCSE subjects.
Design and Technology GCSE (Eduqas)
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.
This subject should appeal to a creative student who is capable of independent and innovative thinking. Students will also be required to develop their time management skills and possess a strong work ethic. There are a number of designing and making tasks, as well a sound theoretical framework. Design and technology is a very broad based, creative, subject that is designed to enable students to develop independent thinking skills. As such, it is a skill set that is transferable to almost all career paths. In addition to this, students of design and technology at GCSE can expect their career opportunities to be particularly enhanced within the following occupations: Product design, engineering, architecture, fashion design, self-employment, the armed services, graphic design, teaching, advertising, the emergency services, hospitality and many building trades.
There are also a range of apprenticeships that link to an interest in design technology, including: junior product designer, theatre set carpenter, service technician, civil engineering technician, plumber, design and drafting technician and engineering model maker.
The course will focus on product design and will cover the following core skill and knowledge:
- impact of new and emerging technologies
- evaluation of new and emerging technologies
- modern and smart materials
- ecological and social footprint
- investigating and analysing the work of others
Design and Technology – With Food & Nutrition GCSE (Eduqas)
This course is based around the knowledge and skills people need to cook effectively for other people. We look at foods in their natural and processed states – how they cook, change, go off etc. We study the science behind cookery and have a special focus on nutrition. We also look at the wider social and economic issues around food choices and food availability. We practise all aspects of cookery so that you develop into well organised, skilful cooks. You will be developing your cookery skills by doing weekly practicals so it is important that your family are able to provide ingredients.