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The Technology department provides students with fully-equipped workshops, a computer suite, food technology room, hairdressing salon and a construction site. These specific rooms allow students to develop and reach their full potential.
Key Stage 3
Technology in Key Stage 3 offers students a variety of different areas to experience within the subject. Throughout Year 7 and 8, students are taught techniques for exploring and developing ideas including sketching and rendering, annotating drawings, 3D mock-ups and computer simulation. They also develop their knowledge and skills of various manufacturing processes and techniques within a workshop. Students are taught to develop their individual capabilities, knowledge and understanding through focused practical tasks, product analysis activities and ‘design and make’ assignments.
As they progress through Key Stage 3, students continue to develop their capabilities by combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, giving them the opportunity to progress into GCSE, A level and Higher Education.
Key Stage 4
In Technology we offer GCSE qualifications as well as vocational qualifications.
Full GCSE courses offered are:
Pearson Edexcel GCSE (1-9) Design and Technology
This course involves students producing an individual ‘design and make’ project in which they are required to research their own design task, generate and develop a range of relevant ideas and manufacture a solution which best satisfies the requirements they have identified. Evaluation of their ideas and research, materials, production techniques and their own performance is an important and integral part of each project.
Additional vocational courses offered are:
City & Guilds Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering
This course offers the basic foundation in hairdressing skills, for example shampooing, blow-drying, roller setting etc. Students will then be able to progress onto a Level 2 NVQ at colleges and apprenticeships.
City & Guilds Level 1 Construction
The Level 1 Construction course provides another practical alternative to GCSE. Students will cover units in bricklaying, plumbing, electrical and carpentry, which will give them the necessary skills to pursue further studies at college and specialise in a specific trade.
Key Stage 5
The A/S and the full A level course gives students the opportunity to further develop their skills in designing and making which were gained through the study of the Design and Technology.
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology
The course is essentially about identifying and solving real problems, with students able to work in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests or intended careers. In studying Technology, students will develop the transferable skills of analysis, research, and evaluation. The high degree of coursework develops the ability to work independently through a tutorial system. The case study gives an opportunity for candidates to look in depth at a possible career area or study design in its broadest sense.