Design Technology

DT Staff

Mrs C Benson

Curriculum Leader - Art, Design and Technology (on maternity leave)

Mr M Jenkins

Acting Curriculum Leader - Art, Design and Technology

Mrs C McGregor

Design and Technology (maternity cover)

Mrs K Modlin

Design and Technology

Mrs K Truch

Design and Technology

Mrs J Bardgett

Art, Design and Technology Technician

Key Stage 3 - Yrs 7 - 9

Students follow a varied, modern and innovative curriculum, across all materials areas; these include Product Design, Graphics, Textiles & Food. Design & Technology is a well-resourced department with a committed team of staff. Students have the opportunity to work with a large range of materials and techniques, from the latest laser cutters, CNC embroidery machines and CAD software to more traditional ‘hands on’ processes.
 
Students are given and respond to various design briefs covering a variety of themes our focus is on the quality of the students outcomes and very often pupils across all years produce items of a ‘shop quality’.
 
Students' knowledge is built upon year-on-year as the time allocated to individual projects increases, allowing students to cover topics in more depth.
 
Outside of lessons students have a choice of numerous extra-curricular activities and competitions, such as –
  • Greenpower Challenge, a national competition where students design, build and then race an electric car.
  • BAE Systems/Rotary Club Engineering competition.
  • Young Farmers cookery competition.
  • Bells of Lazonby and Kendal College Bake Off Cooking Competition.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

Design & Technology is a popular choice with students studying GCSE’s and they can choose from several courses, these include – Product Design, Textiles, Food Technology & Catering.
 
Product Design – AQA
 
This an exciting course for students, where they can design and manufacture high quality, functional products using numerous materials, many students also make good use of some of the state of the art manufacturing processes available to them.
 
Students have a choice of project ideas, creativity & originality is encouraged! Examples of successful projects that some students have undertaken include – iPod Docks, Radios, Lighting & Small storage.
Assessment for Product Design will be based on coursework undertaken during the course (60%) and an end of course exam (40%)
 
For those who wish there’s the opportunity of further study at A Level.
 
Textiles – AQA
 
Students taking this course have the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of fabrics and associated materials as well as modern manufacturing techniques both functional and decorative.
 
During Y11 students build upon skills developed in Y10 and focus on one major design and make Controlled Assessment Task, which will be assessed as part of the final GCSE grade. Students have the choice of a wide variety of project ideas, including Educational Toys, Home Furnishing & Dresses.
 
Assessment for Textiles will be based on coursework undertaken during the course (60%) and an end of course exam (40%)
 
For those who wish there’s the opportunity of further study at A Level.
 
Food Technology – AQA
 
This course involves a mix of theory, practical work, experimentation, tasting and market research. You will design, develop and manufacture high quality food products, you will be expected to cook once a week and as such it will be necessary that students bring in ingredients and equipment.
 
Y10 involves students participating in a wide range of ‘mini’ projects, such as pastry making, special dietary needs, bread making, baking and multicultural meals. In Y11 students choose from a range of ‘themed’ projects such as – British Bake Off, Food from Around the World, Café Culture and Food for Festivals.
 
Assessment for Food Technology will be based on coursework undertaken during the course (60%) and an end of course exam (40%)
 
Catering & Hospitality – WJEC
 
We all need food to eat and there’s a lot of opportunity to develop new products. This industry is thriving and a good source of employment.
 
This GCSE-single award course has more of a focus on industrial practices for example the preparation of produce, such as fish and raw meats.
 
Students will be involved in practical work and theory assignments over the course of two years of study, with one Controlled Assessment taking place in Y10 and another in Y11. Students will also sit an on-line exam in Y11. In the past Controlled Assessment projects have included Afternoon Tea, Cooking with Rice & Pasta, Cooking with Fruit & Veg and Dairy Products.
 
Assessment for Catering & Hospitality will be based on the two Controlled Assessments – also involving a practical exam (60%) and an on-line exam (40%)

Key Stage 5 - 'A' Level

For those students who would like to further their studies we run two courses at A Level – Product Design and Textiles.
 
Product Design
 
Course Details
The course is divided into 4 units and builds on the knowledge gained at GCSE.  Students will research and develop creative 3D design solutions using a variety of modern techniques and materials.  The emphasis is on design and manufacture, promoting creativity and innovation.  Students will have the opportunity to visit museums, universities and exhibitions.
 
You will build a portfolio of design work and manufacture creative design solutions.  You will have the opportunity to use computer aided design packages and the latest manufacturing techniques as well as more traditional methods to design products and associated items (e.g. packaging) of your choice.  You will also build your skills in more traditional media, such as sketching and rendering.
 
AS Course
 
Unit 1 – Coursework
In the first year you will look at the design work and products of famous designers and design movements and start to gain an understanding of good design.  You will start to build a quality portfolio of design work and have the opportunity to create various products using a wide variety of materials and processes of your choosing.
 
Unit 2 – Exam
 
A2 Course
 
Unit 3 – Coursework
In the second year you will build on the knowledge gained during your AS course.  You will continue to develop an in-depth portfolio of design work, working more independently on a single project of your choice and produce a quality 3D outcome, using various materials and advanced processes.
Unit 4 – Exam
 
Entry
 
A GCSE Grade B or above in Product Design or Art is essential.
 
 
 
Textiles
 
Course Details
The course is divided into 4 units and builds on the knowledge gained at GCSE.  Students will research and develop high quality textile design solutions using a variety of modern techniques and materials.  The emphasis is on design and manufacture, promoting creativity and innovation.  As well as visiting industrial designers, students will have the opportunity to visit museums, universities and exhibitions.
 
You will build a portfolio of design work and manufacture creative design solutions.  You will have the opportunity to use computer aided design packages and the latest manufacturing techniques as well as more traditional methods to design textile products of your choice. 
 
AS Course
 
Unit 1 – Exam
Unit 2 – Coursework
In the first year you will look at the design work and products of famous textile and fashion designers and design movements and start to gain an understanding of good design.  You will start to build a quality portfolio of design work and have the opportunity to create various products using a wide variety of textile materials and processes of your own choosing.
 
A2 Course
 
Unit 3 – Exam
Unit 4 – Coursework
In the second year you will build on the knowledge gained during your AS course.  You will continue to develop an in-depth portfolio of design work, working more independently on a single project of your choice and produce a quality textile outcome, using various materials and advanced processes.
 
Expectations
 
Before embarking on this course of study, students should bear in mind that they will be expected to purchase fabrics, work books and materials.
 
Entry
A GCSE Grade B or above in either Textiles or Art is recommended for entry to the AS/A2 course,  however, we will consider students who have not completed GCSE if they have some evidence of work i.e. a small portfolio at GCSE Grade B standard.