Design & Technology

Staff

Facilities

The Technology Department has two fully equipped workshop, resources include various hand tools, centre lathes, wood lathes, pillar drills, Brazing Hearth and also a brass and aluminium casting area.

The department has one classroom specifically equipped for Electronics with a class set of computers, visualiser, soldering irons, facilities for students own designed printed circuit boards to be manufactured and a large and varied supply of components to manufacture projects. Reference books are also available for the students to refer to during their studies.

The Graphics Studio is fully equipped with a complete class set of computers which have TechSoft 2D Design and Solidworks 3D software to enhance the students learning. The room also has a large library of product design reference books for the students to access.

The department also has the advantage of two CNC Routers, one of which has the 4th Axis installed to enable rotary machining and a laser cutter. From year 7, students are encouraged to develop their hand skills as well as using various types of software to develop their learning. These software packages include Tech Soft 2d design, Solidworks and Circuit Wizard.

All teaching areas have ceiling mounted projectors which are used to enhancing the teaching and learning of the students.

As you enter the department, we showcase the students work in our display area which we also use as a valuable learning tool.

Technology – Electronic Products

Course Title:   Design and Technology: Electronic Products (Edexcel)

What will I study?

What skills/qualities are required?

How will I learn?

You will learn through doing Focused Practical Tasks and Computer Simulation.  Design and Make assignments will be fundamental to the delivery of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Through examination (40%) and coursework (60%).

Where could it lead?

Students who study Electronic Products will have the opportunity to develop their skills at A-Level. Natural career progression is into Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics Engineering, IT, Product Design and Design Engineering.

Additional Information

There are no tiered papers in this subject – all students sit the same exam.

 

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Technology - Graphic Products

Course Title:   Design and Technology: Graphics Products (Edexcel)

What will I study?

What skills/qualities are required?

How will I learn?

You will learn through doing Focused Practical Tasks, Computer Simulation and CAD/CAM.  Design and Make assignments will be fundamental to the delivery of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Through examination (40%) and coursework (60%).

Where could it lead?

Students who study Graphic Products tend to move into the creative industries. Career possibilities could be Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Advertising, Architecture, Web Design.

Additional Information

There are no tiered papers in this subject – all students sit the same exam.

 
 

Technology - Resistant Materials

Course Title:   Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (Edexcel)

What will I study?

What skills/qualities are required?

How will I learn?

You will learn through doing Focused Practical Tasks and develop your knowledge and understanding of materials and new technologies.  Design and Make assignments will be fundamental to the delivery of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Through examination (40%) and coursework (60%).

Where could it lead?

Students who study Resistant Materials can move into fields with practical outcomes such as: Product Design, Mechanical engineering, Architecture, Structural engineering, Building Industry (Management, Quantity Surveyor and Estimator), Joiner, Civil Engineers.

Additional Information

There are no tiered papers in this subject – all students sit the same exam.

 
 

Technology Engineering GCSE

Course Title:   Design and Technology: Engineering (OCR)

The Engineering GCSE is a new and different way of learning about the world of Engineering.  It will give you the right skills to start a career in engineering, or go on to university, college or other training.

Engineering is finding smart ways to solve problems, so that life is better, easier and more enjoyable for ourselves, for people around the world, for the planet and for the environment.

Engineers work in health, entertainment, transport, construction. Robotics, conservation, design, communications, disaster relief, in fact pretty much everywhere.  Engineering offers a great choice in careers in all employment sectors.

What will I study?

What Skills are required?

How will I learn?

Very much a “learn by doing” course, backed up by visits to industry and speakers from industry coming into school. 

How will I be assessed?

Through examination (40%) and coursework (60%).

Where could it lead?

The whole idea behind the course is to give you an insight into the varied world of an engineering career.  With this course you could start an engineering apprenticeship at 16 or move onto additional study at either college or 6th form.  It will not restrict your choices it will only enhance them.


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Extra-Curricular activities

The department runs various trips and also invites companies into school, to deliver presentations to inspire the students in all fields of engineering.