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Product Design/Design Technology

‘Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks, but of course if you dig deeper it is really how it works.’ Steve Jobs.

Design Technology is an exciting and innovative course that explores not only creative design but the science and technology that makes innovative designs work. It is challenging both theoretically and practically allowing students to develop their creative ideas and their knowledge of science and technology. 

At KS3 design and technology is an inspiring, challenging and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Students will gain a broad range of subject knowledge and make cross curricular links to subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art through a range of STEM challenges. Pupils will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, resilient, reflective, enterprising and capable learners. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, students develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

At KS4 Students study the new 1-9 specification and will acquire more focused subject knowledge in Design Technology that builds on from key stage 3. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of different materials, manufacturing processes and practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries in order to design and make, with confidence and independence. They also develop skills in business and enterprise with a ‘Design, Make, Sell’ project allowing students to see a project through from conception to actually selling the products that they have designed and made. 

The department is ever developing and striving to keep up with the pace of 21st century developments in Design Technology encouraging children to become the designers of the future.

More information on the course specifications can be found here:

GCSE

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