In Design and Technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.
Through Design Technology students develop confidence in their practical skills and become discriminating users of products. Students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments, applying their creative thinking and innovation to sustainable solutions.
At Key Stage 3 Design Technology is taught across a rotation of subjects which includes Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products and Food Technology. Students work on interesting client briefs across this range of subject areas. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity throughout the design process, which is taken through to a finished product, or a series of finished products in each of the subjects.
At IGCSE students currently have the opportunity to take Textiles Technology with the Edexcel exam board. This is a two year course comprising a 60% coursework component, with a theory examination worth 40% of their final grade. In Year 10, students work developing their practical skills across a variety of textile techniques and processes. Year 11 students select an inspiring and challenging brief to complete their major project on, examples of which can be seen below.