Welcome to Design and Technology, Food and Textiles
We encourage students’ natural desire to handle, use and explore a range of materials, ingredients and components. Our courses foster understanding and expertise in those areas of creative thinking which can be expressed and developed through planning and working with materials, ingredients and components. We provide situations which encourage students to use their practical and intellectual skills in design and technological experiences, operating through a process of analysis, synthesis, realisation and evaluation in a variety of materials. Our GCSE and AS/A Level courses promote the development of initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, self-involvement, cooperation, social responsibility, and the ability to communicate both verbally and graphically.
Key Stage 4
The following two Specifications are offered for GCSE (All are 50% Coursework)
AQA GCSE Design and Technology
The Design and Technology GCSE qualification enables students to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They will learn from the wider influences on the subject including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. The course covers core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. Students will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth through a chosen material area (Either Resistant Materials or Textiles).
AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
This course will give students the ability to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating, equipping students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and encouragement they need to prepare and cook food.
Key Stage 5
We offer two AS/A Level courses:
AS and A2 Design and Technology: Product Design
AS and A2 Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles
(50% exam 50% Coursework)
These courses place an emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Supervised Department facilities are available at lunchtime and after school by arrangement. Students often participate in local and national competitions such as the Clothes Show and Technology challenges.