Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for pupils to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops pupils’ interdisciplinary skills, all six Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

The course is based upon the view that Design and Technology is essentially a practical activity involving the combination of skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products. It is intended to develop pupils’ design and technological capability through a flexible and broad-based approach. The course is planned to be sufficiently broad, balanced and relevant to interest all candidates.

Pupils will have the opportunity to :-

    1. Analyse and evaluate situations, design and make products, and then appraise their performance
    2. They will be provided with the opportunity to work with a range of materials and ICT
    3. Actively engage in the processes of Design and Technology to develop as effective and independent learners
    4. Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products
    5. Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
    6. Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life
    7. Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
    8. Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle
    9. Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

CONTENT

  • Developing, planning and communicating ideas.
  • Product Analysis.
  • Sustainability and Legislative issues.
  • Legislative Issues in Design and Technology.
  • Designers and practitioners.
  • Commercial manufacturing processes.
  • Understand management systems for production of quality commercial products.
  • Materials and components.
  • Tools, Equipment and Making.
  • Follow safe working procedures in the practical environment.
  • Systems and processes.
  • ICT, CAD and CAM.