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Design Technology

WHAT IS DESIGN TECHNOLOGY?

Design and technology contributes to the school curriculum by preparing young people to participate in a rapidly changing world. It encourages them to think, understand and intervene creatively to improve the world by employing their knowledge and understanding of aesthetics and function.

It helps pupils to become discriminating and informed consumers, able to contribute to their home life and the community. As they develop systems and make products that enhance the quality of life, design and technology broadens their understanding of industrial production and commercial practices. As individuals, and when working with others, pupils learn to become autonomous and creative problem solvers.

Throughout the design and make process, learning is enhanced by the practical application of ICT. Pupils learn to recognise needs, wants and opportunities and respond by producing a range of ideas and products that they can then critique and evaluate from a variety of perspectives.  These include the intended use, the production of, marketing, environmental, cultural and aesthetic angles. They achieve this by considering the design and technology that currently exists, how it was historically and by considering its uses and effects.

AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

  • To create a positive environment where students and staff are encouraged to achieve their full potential.
  • To enable students to develop their understanding and application of our technological society, whether they become professionals within this area or as informed consumers.
  • To identify and celebrate achievement for both students and staff through positive constructive feedback.
  • To inform students of their current progress, identifying areas for improvement or praise, and formulate appropriate action plans to enable further progression.
  • To provide enjoyable educational experiences during which students can develop their understanding of the skills and knowledge needed in Design and Technology.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to communicate design ideas through graphical skills, ICT and literacy.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop their practical skills to produce a wide range of products through the application of safe working procedures.
  • To provide opportunities for students to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of materials, ingredients, equipment and processes in order that they can make informed choices.
  • To provide students with opportunities to develop their knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • To encourage students to understand that technology strives to improve society socially, technically and economically, whilst being aware that its drive towards improvement has to be tempered with the social and environmental impact.

THE DEPARTMENT

The Design and Technology department at The Albany School prides itself on the commitment students’ show towards the subject. Staff teach in specialist rooms and there is an emphasis on continually raising the standard of Design and Technology provision for our students.

  • The accommodation comprises one well equipped food room, one textiles room, two multi media workshops, a design studio fitted with 30 computers and a separate CAD CAM area equipped with 20 computers, vinyl cutter and laser cutter.
  • We have three excellent technicians/support staff who assist both teaching staff and pupils.
  • The teaching team, who share their specialist skills and knowledge, has proved vital to the success of the Faculty.

THE CURRICULUM

KEY STAGE 3  -  Years 7, 8, 9

Students undertake a range of Design and Make activities in all specailisms, Food, Textiles and Product Design, providing the opportunity to research, design, plan, make and evaluate their own products and those of others.

KEY STAGE 4 - Years 10 and 11

At key stage 4 students can choose to study one of the courses below.

We currently offer a number of courses:

GCSE PRODUCT DESIGN

During the course, students are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of materials and components whilst designing and making products. Students are encouraged to consider how materials can be shaped, combined and formed to create more useful or more desirable products. They also consider how products will fit into industrial and commercial situations.

Controlled Assessment
60% - There are 5 sections for which mini deadlines will be set.

Final Examination
40% - This will be a 2 hour written paper with pre-release material being issued beforehand.

WJEC - HOSPITALITY AND CATERING

Students follow the WJEC Hospitality and Catering course which is designed to give students a broad and in depth knowledge of The Food Service Industry. During the course the students will make a variety of food products and carry out a range of investigative tasks that will develop their cookery skills and extend their knowledge and understanding of food service.

Assessment:

Controlled Assessment

  • Short task: this is approx. 10 hours long and will be completed in Year 10.
    It carries 20% of the grade.
  • Long task: This is approx. 20 hours long and will be completed in Year 11.
    It carries 40% of the final grade.

Exam

  • This is a written paper of 1.5 hours and is completed at the end of Year 11.
    It is worth 40% of the final grade.

GCSE HOME ECONOMICS - TEXTILES

Students follow the WJEC Home Economics - Textiles course. The course is designed to give students knowledge of fabric and its importance in the world around us. During the course the students will make a variety of fabric products and carry out a range of investigative tasks that will develop their sewing skills and extend their knowledge and understanding of the materials they use.

Assessment:

Controlled Assessment

  • Short task: this is approx. 10 hours long and will be completed in Year 10.
    It carries 20% of the grade.
  • Long task: This is approx. 20 hours long and will be completed in Year 11.
    It carries 40% of the final grade.

Exam

  • This is a written paper of 1.5 hours and is completed at the end of Year 11.
    It is worth 40% of the final grade.

FURTHER STUDY

Successful completion of any of the above courses will allow students the opportunity to continue their studies at AS and A level and on to degree level. Alternatively, these courses also provide an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue apprenticeships or further skills-based training.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY CLUBS

The department runs a variety of clubs throughout the year. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information please see staff for details.