Technology Matters

Design and Technology is fundamental to how we live our lives.  From the roofs over our heads, to the phones in our pockets, we are becoming ever more dependent on technology. As technology continues to develop and evolve, and new technologies emerge,  it is increasingly important that we continue to nurture our future designers.

Our students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to respond creatively to solve problems as individuals and members of a team.

Students respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.

Through design and technology students develop confidence in using practical skills, to manage their time and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate through using skills that are transferable to many other contexts, such as:

  • Using equipment safely
  • Measuring accurately
  • Working to a brief
  • Development modelling
  • Evaluating products
  • Communication

About the course

The course is tailored to encourage flair and creativity, encouraging experience in a wide range of practical skills. Exercises are undertaken with work in plastics, wood and metal. Students are expected to analyse, make, test and evaluate their own ideas. Comparisons are made with everyday products. Computers are used throughout the course and an introduction to Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing is presented. There is an emphasis on good graphics using a variety of media, especially in Resistant Materials. Perspective, orthographic and isometric drawing techniques form the basis of communicating ideas in both finished and sketch format. A basic knowledge of materials, safety, tools and structures is taught and the development of a technical vocabulary is encouraged.