GCSE Design and Technology
Learning about Design and Technology will encourage learners to develop design and thinking skills that open up a world of possibility, giving them the tools to create the future. This specification will excite and engage learners with contemporary topics covering the breadth of this dynamic and evolving subject. It will generate empathetic learners who have the ability to confidently critique products, situations and society in every walk of their lives now and in the future.
Design and Technology is a subject that brings learning to life, requiring learners to apply their learning to real-life situations. This qualification aims to relate authentic real-world awareness of iterative design practices and strategies used by the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. Learners will be required to use critical thinking, leading towards invention and design innovation, to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Please be aware that this is not a practical subject, although there are elements of using tools and equipment to make prototypes, the main focus is the design process and creativity. The ability to draw or convey design ideas using sketching and computer aided design is desirable as this is a fundamental part of the course.
Due to the new changes in GCSE Design and Technology is a holistic approach to the subject where any material can be used and as a result the specification requires a wider knowledge base where students will be taught aspects across different material areas such as wood, metal, plastic electronics and textiles. The GCSE is split into NEA (non examined assessment) 50% and written exam 50%
Students can go on to take an A Level in Product Design or a vocational A Level in Art and Design or a related subject. There are many career opportunities in Product design.
Design and Technology Co-ordinator - Mr P Curran
DT Lunch Club DT every Tuesday. These students have been working on electronics projects including mood lighting, mobile phone stands and a speaker amplifier. They have also become proficient with using CAD (computer aided design) and the laser cutter.
Y10 Students go to the New Designers exhibition in Islington.
Students see the work of recent design graduates from a variety of universities from across the country. The work ranged from car and vehicle design to product design, including future house
DT STEM news
Mr Curran took 13, Y8 students to the National Maritime Museum to take part in a STEM activity organised by BT STEM crew and Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainsley Racing).
On Wednesday the 18th, myself and 12 other Year 8 students went to the Greenwich Maritime Museum. It was a great experience, there was a big paddle engine that was made in the 1880’s and other historic boats. Then we took part in the STEM crew Land Rover BAR activities, which were, learning about invasive fish species and their affect on the environment. We then learned about Ben Ainsley and his racing team and their ambition to win the America’s cup race, this was focused on how new technology and materials were being used to create a light weight, strong and fast sailing boat. Our third activity was to use modelling materials to make a prototype boat hull, which needed to be as strong as it could be, St Thomas More won this exercise! Lastly, we took part in an exercise to highlight how our oceans are becoming polluted with waste plastic (shown in the photo).
It was a fantastic day and we are going to visit the STEM crew Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainsley Racing) in Southampton.
By George Buckley 8C