Design Technology

In Design Technology we are committed to:-
-Giving students as broad and creative experience as possible.
-Providing a safe learning environment where students can develop their practical skills.
-Increasing students’ understanding of the technological and industrial world.
-Improving confidence, independence, decision making and problem solving.
-Supporting the growth of key skills (communication, social skills, motor skills concentration, coordination, sequencing) and providing application for Literacy, numeracy and ICT

Subject Area:Design Technology
Head of Department:Ms R Thomas
Teaching staff:Mrs E Watkinson

Mr D Atkins (Technician)
KS4 Course TitleBTEC Engineering Tech Award
KS4 Exam Board and Course NumberEngineering: 3 Units, 2 coursework and internal exam [Pearson] 
Coursework and Exam PercentagesEngineering: Coursework 60% external; Exam 40% internal
KS4 Number of lessons per week:3
KS3 Course Details:Students are led on a journey through the main material areas with a mixture of instructed, design-your-own and group challenge projects. Various teaching methods are used and a number of thought provoking tasks are applied to engage all pupils. In Key Stage 3, students will work with all of the tools and equipment within the workshop.
KS3 Number of lessons per week1
Additional informationStudents do resistant materials in year 7, 8 and 9 but then opt for either Engineering or Construction at KS4. 
KS4 ConstructionThe BTEC Firsts in Construction and the Built Environment have been developed to inspire and enthuse pupils to become engaged with the world of construction. The new BTEC Firsts will help pupils to develop their knowledge of the construction sector, while introducing them to the theory and allowing them to practise a range of skills. Our new department is fully supported by MKM Building supplies.
The BTEC Firsts in Construction and the Built Environment have been developed to inspire and enthuse pupils to become engaged with the world of construction. The new BTEC Firsts will help pupils to develop their knowledge of the construction sector, while introducing them to the theory and allowing them to practise a range of skills. Our new department is fully supported by MKM Building supplies.

The BTEC philosophy of ‘learning through doing’ remains at the heart of this qualification. Pupils are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of skills in the construction sector.

Unit 1 – Construction Technology – External Exam
Unit 2 – Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction – Internal assignment
Unit 3 – Construction and Design – Internal Synoptic assessment
Unit 6 – Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques – Internal assignment

KS4 EngineeringBTEC level 1/level 2 tech award,  three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow pupils to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned. Our assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed.

Unit 1 Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications – Internal assignment

Unit 2 Investigating an Engineering Project – Internal assignment Unit 3 Responding to an Engineering Brief – External Synoptic assessment