Subject Team

Mr Neill (Head Of Department)
Mr McCourt
Mr Currie (Technician)

Department Aims

Department aim –  In addition to fostering the overall aims of the school, our specific key aim is to promote a positive, caring atmosphere in which individual self-discipline can develop an interest in Technology and Design and its relevance to the world of life and work. We aim: 

  • To encourage an understanding of the increasingly technologically complex world in which we live.
  • To encouraging pupils to express their own ideas when designing and making products in response to a problem, need or opportunity.
  • Developing design and decision-making skills when problem solving.
  • Nurturing individual creativity.
  • The enjoyment of skilled practical work and the achievement of high quality outcomes.
  • Safe practice in the use of tools, equipment and machinery.
  • Understanding the use of electronic, mechanical, pneumatic and computer controlled systems in modern products and artefacts.
  • Developing a critical awareness of the social and environmental impacts of design and technological activities.

GCSE

GCSE Design And Technology (Graphic Products / TD)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL

 

What is GCSE Design and Technology Graphic Products about?

Design and Technology (Graphic Products) is principally concerned with design and problem

solving. The subject places a strong emphasis on graphic communication, drawing and

presentation skills, computer graphics, and constructing models of architectural design solutions.

Design and Technology develops design and manufacturing skills, from carrying out investigations and developing designs to the display of manufacturing capability and the production of technical and pictorial drawing in Graphic Design.

 

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

Content Assessment Weighting
Unit 1

Creative Design and Make Activities

External examination

 

40%
Unit 2 Architectural Based Project Controlled Assessment

 

60%

 

 What can this subject lead to?

Studying Design and Technology leads to employment opportunities in Graphic, product and fashion design, Architecture/ Landscape architecture, Manufacturing and Industrial design, Market research /Marketing and Packaging, Automotive engineering and design, Interior design and shop fitting, Jobs in the food and drink industries and Material Engineering.

GCSE Technology and Design (TL)

Examination Board: CCEA

What is GCSE Technology and Design about?

Technology and design is principally concerned with design and problem solving. The subject places a strong emphasis on mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems incorporating computer and 3D modelling. Technology and Design also develops design and manufacturing skills, from carrying out investigations and developing designs leading to the production of a working prototype.

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

Content Assessment Weighting
Unit 1
Technology and Design Core Content
External Examination

 

25%
Unit 2

Optional Areas of Study

External Examination

 

25%
Unit 3
Design and Manufacturing ProjectStudents complete a design project comprising a design portfolio and an associated manufacturing task.

 

Controlled Assessment 50%

 What can this subject lead to?

Studying Technology and Design leads to employment opportunities in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering/ Civil Engineering, Software Engineering or Web design, Construction, Automotive Engineering and Design, Fabrication of materials –Welding and construction, Aircraft Industry, Material Engineering or as Electrical technicians.

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Level

Subject: Design and Technology (Product Design)

Examination Board: WJEC  

What is A Level Design and Technology (Product Design) about? 

Design and Technology offers students the opportunity to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of personal interests. Such products can include work in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, product design, furniture design, graphic, and fashion and textile design. Students develop a wide range of skills and knowledge in designing, manufacturing, ICT as well as a good practical experience in the world of industry. 

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

AS Content Assessment Weighting
Unit 1 DT1 Examination paper
Theory of designing, manufacturing and materials
External Examination 20% of A Level
Unit 2 DT2 design and make
design and make a model of a product given from a chosen theme.
Internal assessment and external verification 30% of A Level
A2 Content Assessment Weighting
Unit 3 DT3 Examination paper

Theory of product design, marketing, processes, designers and production control.

External Examination

 

20% of A Level
Unit 4 DT4 Project
Design and model a product in the field of architecture, furniture, fashion, graphic design, interior design or engineering.
Internal assessment and external verification 30% of A Level

Details of AS and A2 Design and Technology Controlled Assessment Requirements are detailed in the document below:
AS and A2 Design and Technology Controlled Assessment Requirements 2016-17

Are there any particular qualities or skills I should have to study this course and to what kind of careers can it lead? 

Entry Requirements: B in GCSE Design and Technology (as a new subject by negotiation with HOD). 

Studying Design and Technology leads to employment opportunities in: Graphic, product and fashion design, Architect/ Landscape architecture, Manufacturing and Industrial design, Market research /Marketing and Packaging, Automotive engineering and design, Interior design, furniture design and shop fitting,  Jobs in the food and drink industries and Material Engineering.

 

Technology and Design (Systems & Control)

Examination Board: CCEA

What is A Level Technology and Design (Systems and Control about?
Technology and Design is a multifaceted, dynamic subject that not only teaches pupils an array of skills that they can develop into exciting careers, but also allows them to put their learning from other areas of the curriculum into practice.Technology and Design is principally concerned with design and problem solving, placing a strong emphasis on mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems incorporating computer and 3D modelling. The subject also develops design and manufacturing skills, from carrying out investigations and developing designs leading to production of working prototypes. 

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

AS Content Assessment Weighting
Unit 1: AS1
Design and Materials/Systems and Control
 

External Examination

 

50% of AS Level

20% of A Level

Unit 2: AS2 Coursework
Product Development: Practical outcome with design folder
Internally assessed and externally moderated 50% of AS Level

20% of A Level

A2 Content Assessment Weighting
Unit 1: A2 1
Systems and Control
 

External Examination

 

30% of A Level
Unit 2: A2 2 Coursework
System Design and Manufacture: Practical outcome with design folder
Internally assessed and externally moderated 30% of A Level

Details of coursework submission requirements are detailed below:

AS Technology and Design Coursework submission requirements 2016-17

A2 Technology and Design Coursework submission requirements 2016-17

Are there any particular qualities or skills I should have to study this course and to what kind of careers can it lead? 

Studying Design and Technology leads to employment opportunities in: Electrical/ Electronic Engineer or Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineer/ Civil Engineering, Software engineering or Web design, Practical work- Jobs in construction, Electrical technicians,  Automotive engineering and design, Fabrication of materials –Welding and construction, Aircraft industry and Material Engineering. 

Entry Requirements: B in GCSE Design and Technology (as a new subject by negotiation with HOD)

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Technology and Design (Systems & Control)

The types of careers that this subject can lead to are based around Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and any career in the manufacturing sector.

Design and Technology (Product Design)

The types of careers that this subject can lead to are based around Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and any career in the manufacturing sector.