Curriculum intent

Everything we see all around us has been designed and made. Design and technology is about converting ideas and raw materials into the products we use in our daily lives. It is a very important subject as without it the world we live in would be a very different place.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology
education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
DATA (Design & Technology Association)

Design and technology teaches students to have many useful transferable skills to use in future jobs, practical skills to help yourself, life skills so you can cook, sew, create, repair etc. Design and technology prepares students to live and work in the designed and made world.

Knowledge in design and technology

In design & technology students learn the core knowledge based on the national curriculum and staff expertise in what we feel as experienced staff should be covered.  The curriculum has been designed to be systematic building on the knowledge and skills in different material areas and ensures that all students; develop creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks with confidence.  Be able to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.  Be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products of others.  Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.  We use GCSE DT subject specifications to close the gap in knowledge at key stage 4 as we embed so much more knowledge through the academy’s knowledge rich curriculum vision.

We want our design and technology students to be able to learn the fundamental life skills that they learn in the practical skill based lessons, and have the knowledge to inform them. There is a key focus on health and safety and we offer a curriculum that is both rich in its creativity and knowledge.

Our rich hinterland of knowledge and cultural capital is weaved into all our curriculum across each project and each year group, and gives interest and depth and experience in teaching our subject.

Careers and aspirations

Our students often go on to the next step of learning gaining places at local colleges and sixth form centres, with some to explore engineering apprenticeships.  They have the knowledge and skills ready to go onto their next learning path.  Using all of this can open up to a variety of careers which include construction, carpentry, arts, crafts and design, fashion and textiles, interior design engineering and manufacturing.  We raise aspirations by creating a cultural capital, which shows our students what past students have achieved, and with well-known designer makers, chefs, engineers etc.

Engineering GCSE

Why study engineering?

Engineering is an increasingly popular job role in the UK and the country is currently at record shortages for talented engineers. Engineers currently have the top starting salary for students finishing university with a degree in engineering. Engineering allows you to look into everyday problems and find innovative ways to solve them effectively. The course provides you with key and fundamental skills for any engineering prospect ranging from design, cad and making skills.

What will I learn?

The course has three main areas of study:

– R038: Principles of engineering design (examination)
– R039: Communicating designs (use of CAD and design skills to present ideas)
– R040: Design, evaluation, and modelling (creating a prototype from an engineering drawing)

How will I be assessed?

• R038: Principles of engineering design (examination) 60%
• R039: Communicating designs (set assignment coursework) 30%
• R040: Design, evaluation, and modelling (set assignment coursework) 30%

Future pathways and careers

  • Engineering designer
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanic
  • Product designer
  • Electrical engineer

Course contact

Mr C Crutchley