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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning

Courses Offered

The Team

Mrs L Marshall (Head of Department – Food and Textiles), Mr R Winter (Head of Department – Design and Technology), Mrs P Adya, Mrs A Howes-Barley, Miss A Patterson, Mr W Thomas, Miss R Woffinden.

Key Stage 3 

As students progress through Key Stage 3 they all experience a wide range of Design and Technology activities, designing and making several products.  Practical and design projects are undertaken in Food, Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Systems and Control.

During the Spring Term students in Year 8 can choose a Design and Technology subject to study for Key Stage 4 from the list below.

Key Stage 4

Students can study Design and Technology with five different routes or Food and Nutrition.

The majority of students opt to take one of these courses as their three year option choice.

The five main Design and technology routes are:

  • Smart Product Design with Electronics - Level 2 (GCSE Equivalent)*
  • Engineering in Manufacture - Level 2 (GCSE Equivalent)*
  • Resistant Materials - GCSE Design and Technology**
  • Textiles and Fashion - GCSE Design and Technology**
  • Graphic Product Design - GCSE Design and Technology**.

Please note:

* Both Level 2 courses are equivalent in points and DfE league table standings to a full GCSE and replace the outgoing GCSE Electronics and Engineering options.

** The three GCSE Design and Technology routes are the same exam and qualification, but due to the multiple choice nature of the exam and NEA (non-examined assessment) are taught as three routes.  Students will have to learn an element of the wider Design and Technology curriculum when taking these routes.

The Food option is GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.

In addition, a Level 1 / 2 Foundation Certificate in Engineering Technology option is available for students not wishing to take the traditional three year GCSE option but is provided on an invitation only basis.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 students can opt to take A Level Design and Technology – Product Design for a 2 year full A Level.  This allows students to continue to develop their design and making skills at an advanced level in whatever material specialism they prefer.

Further information on this course is available in the College Sixth Form Prospectus.

Curriculum Information