Design and Technology

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), students will rotate around different areas of DT and study project-based activities in designing and making. Projects cover the DT curriculum and include 2D and 3D designing techniques, CAD/CAM (2D-Design and Solidworks), Food preparation and hygiene, Mechanisms, Electronics and a variety of practical skills from basic measuring to CNC manufacturing using laser cutters, routers and 3D printing.

Year 7 students will be involved in a national STEM project to design a rocket car inspired by the British Bloodhound car attempting to beat the land speed record.

In Year 9, students choose from Engineering, Food and Textiles and will work all year within that specialism. They will focus on developing relevant knowledge and skills for further study in Year 10 and 11.

Engineering students will enter the Carrs/ Bendall’s robotic challenge where teams have to design and build a solution to a real life engineering problem set by our industrial link company. VEX robotics construction kits are used alongside custom made 3D printed parts. The winning team are offered a week works experience in Year 10.

Students will specialise in the subjects taken in Year 9 and study courses in Engineering (NCFE Level 2), Educas (Level 1/2) Hospitality and Catering and AQA technical award (level 1/2) Fashion and Textiles.

Courses are taken over 2 years and students will work towards achieving Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction +. These awards are equivalent to GCSE grades 1-9.

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