Understanding the potential impact of technology is critical to the world around us. Technology is not naturally good or bad. Instead, its effects are complex, hard to estimate accurately, and likely to have different values for different people at different times.
Technology and Design is concerned primarily with the design and manufacture of high quality technological products. Every design is influenced by outside factors such as consumer demand, the state of the market, customer expectations and consumer laws.
Studying Technology and Design provides opportunities to tackle and resolve design and technological problems to meet human needs within a range of contexts, such as home, school, leisure, community, business and industry. Essentially, we are searching for better ways to do things, inventing solutions and taking risks.
The department has excellent design and manufacturing facilities with up to date ICT equipment.
Through studying Technology and Design, it is aimed that pupils will:
- analyse existing products;
- develop practical solutions to consumer needs, wants and opportunities;
- design and make quality products and/or systems;
- understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies;
- understand that products have an impact on lifestyle;
- develop their creativity and critical analysis skills;
- make links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design;
- explore how aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making;
- develop decision-making skills;
- consider sustainability; and
- gain insight into related sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.
Technology and Design is part of the minimum requirement for every pupil at Key Stage 3 and therefore all pupils have to study Technology and Design during years 8, 9 and 10.
From years 8 to 10, pupils will have a one hour lesson of Technology and Design per week. The lessons, which are a mixture of both practical work and theory, give pupils the opportunity to:
- gain insight into sectors such as engineering and manufacture
- engage in the design process;
- develop manufacturing skills and have the opportunity to manufacture a range of products during class;
- work with a range of machines and tools and materials;
- Develop their ICT and graphic communication skills to enhance their technological capability;
- understand electronic, mechanical and pneumatic and computer control systems and how to incorporate these into their work;
- develop creativity and problem solving skills;
- understand the importance of a safe work environment;
- become independent learners and have the ability to research, plan and evaluate their work effectively.
Pupils studying Technology and Design focus on areas of designing, communicating, manufacturing and the use of energy and control. This is a modular course that has assessments in Years 11 and 12. In order to achieve the GCSE, pupils must sit 4 out of 5 modules set by CCEA. The Technology Department has chosen to sit Units 1, 2, 4 and 5.
Students will complete 2 modules during year 11 which account for 40% of the total GCSE.
Unit 1 - Technology and Design Core:
This covers manufacturing, electronics, mechanical control systems, computer control systems and pneumatic control systems. Pupils sit a one hour externally assessed written paper at the end of the year which accounts for 20% of the total GSCE assessment.
Unit 4 - Design Assignment:
This unit consists of a controlled assessment which pupils will complete during class within a set period of time. This is set by CCEA but marked by teachers and then externally moderated. This assignment also has a weighting of 20%.
In year 12, Pupils will complete a further 2 modules and these will account for the remaining 60% of the GCSE.
Unit 2 - Mechanical and Pneumatic Control Systems:
Pupils sit a one hour externally assessed written paper at the end of the year. This summer exam has a weighting of 20%.
Unit 5 - Design & Manufacture Project:
This consists of a controlled assessment which pupils will complete during class time. The theme of the project is set by CCEA but marked internally. The teacher’s marks are then moderated by CCEA. This unit has a weighting of 40%.