At all levels, pupils learn about the nature of materials, how products are made and how they work. Through design and practical tasks, pupils develop good problem-solving skills and a curiosity for the designed world. These valuable skills can be applied within many other subject areas. Many past pupils have found this subject to be a useful starting point to enter careers such as engineering, architecture, product design or 3D design.
The Department enjoys the use of a well-equipped workshop, computer suite and CAD/CAM facilities, presently in the form of a laser cutter and plotter/cutter. The work of the Department can be seen on display during Founder’s Weekend.
In the Lower School (Years 7 and 8), we focus on building skills and confidence to use a range of tools and equipment. Girls are given a brief and work through the design process to develop an initial idea through to completion. Creativity is key and pupils enjoy being able to incorporate their own ideas into a project; this often includes the use of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM).
Girls opting to take Design and Technology at GCSE develop their skills and interests further. The Upper Fifth (Year 11) work on a single coursework project, which will account for 50% of the final grade.
At A Level, students complete a range of projects in the Lower Sixth and a single coursework project in the Upper Sixth (accounting for 50% of the final grade). Small group sizes mean that projects are ambitious and challenging. AQA specifications are followed at both GCSE and A Level.
Further information about the teaching and learning of Design and Technology may be obtained by contacting Mr Ben Wall, Head of Product Design. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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