Introduction to Design Technology
“Design is intelligence made visible.” – Alina Wheeler
This subject combines intelligence and practical ability to create real products to enhance the world in which we live. When products are imagined, designed and then made, it creates an enormous sense of satisfaction and leads to a sense of achievement. Design and Technology is not about always giving the right answer, it is more about asking the right questions.
Students learn how to overcome obstacles, how to plan systematically, develop their sense of judgement and extend their horizon, and produce artefacts that are a delight to them. The skills they learn and develop are interchangeable. They enhance and support the work in other subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing and Art.
Design and Technology is all about life, and making life better. It is, quite literally the nuts and bolts of society. If you eat, sleep, breathe, wear clothing, use technology and do any activity you are engaging with Design and Technology. You could be the next person to have a fantastic idea to improve the lives of millions – who would not want to be a part of that?
During KS3, students will study the different areas of Design and Technology by undertaking lessons in Food Preparation and Nutrition, Graphic Products/Resistant Materials and Fashion and Textiles. Each subject is delivered by a specialist teacher. The KS3 course has making at its heart but also develops a wide range of creative, design and technical skills. Students may work to a set design context, they may find solutions to problems they identify or they may complete short tasks to develop their thinking and making skills.
In Year 9, pupils decide which specialist area of Design & Technology they would like to take as their GCSE option. Pupils can opt to study one of the following areas:
- Graphic Products
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Fashion & Textiles
At Key Stage 4, pupils will all undertake a coursework project or projects in their chosen discipline. These projects are set by the exam boards and interpreted by the students. This will account for 50% of their final mark, with the remaining 50% being awarded through a written exam.
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