Design & Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capabilty, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.
The DT curriculum at KS3 is delivered to all pupils over three years. The college offers Resistant Materials/Engineering, Graphics, Food and Textiles in a carousel arrangement which sees students taking each subject for approximately nine weeks in Years 7-8.
Year 9 students will select two of the subject areas and will have 18 weeks of study in each.
Each project follows the National Curriculum guidelines on subject matter and levels.
In Design & Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet human needs. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.
Key Stage 4
AQA Design & Technology
Design and Technology is an two year option subject in the College. The course is delivered within a single technology focus area and students can chose one of the following subjects:
The course is split into two areas:
The controlled assessment is intended to give students the opportunity to demonstrate research, designing and making skills in order to assist them in producing a high quality product which fulfills a specific need or purpose for a client; this will be shown through a 30 page (A3 or A4) folder of work. The project begins in Year 10.
Each 30 page folder of work has to show evidence of:
Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative when designing their product. There is a great emphasis on environmental and sustainability. They must also apply industrial practices and have the use of CAD/CAM to achieve higher grades.
A written examination, one tier paper for all students- 2 hours.
Creativity and self-motivation is an important part of the course. Students will be required to complete some folder work and research outside of school to support their controlled assessment, the majority of work will need to be completed in lessons.
Pupils may need to buy/source some of their own materials for their final product.
Students will be given the opportunity to go on trips to places of interest such as the Design and Science Museums.
We would also like students to attend after-school enrichment clubs to make use of the department machines and CAD/CAM packages to help assist them with projects.
There may also be an opportunity to visit factories and travel aboard to locations such as New York or Berlin.
Art & Design Graphic Communication
The course is designed to challenge and develop your individual ability to design. It is a space for active enquiry, challenging design preconceptions and defining the role of the designer in shaping the world in which we live.
The course is suitable for students who want to work in commercial and professional design, as well as those who want to explore innovative methods or ideas. Students will accumulate a range of practical skills, whilst learning to transform ideas into a finished project. They will also develop experimental, analytical and documenting skills, helping to evolve as a designer.
The course provides those who wish to pursue a career in design with the opportunity to progress into architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, product design, transport design, web design, creative imaging and graphic design.
Location: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation,Pepys Road,London, SE14 5SF