Throughout the course you will develop your ability to explore design opportunities through prototyping and modelling by primarily making functional and aesthetic products. Students will draw upon intellectual, creative and practical skills through product and 3D digital design, whilst also learning to develop and effectively communicate realistic design proposals. You will develop your decision making skills and the ability to critique and refine your ideas throughout the process. You will also gain a broad knowledge of materials, components, technologies and practical skills and will learn how to use these safely.
Within this course students will develop the skills and demonstrate the ability to use three-dimensional techniques and processes, through model making, constructing, surface treatment, assembling, modelling using media and materials, as well as exploring skills in drawing materials, timbers, metals, polymers and found materials.
Students will be expected to have a genuine interest in all aspects of the subject, a willingness to listen carefully to advice and absorb ideas from their research. You will also need to be well organised and committed to completing up to three hours prep studies per week.
Year 9: Students carry out several mini projects building confidence in developing, refining, recording, and presenting ideas through different aspects of Design Technology.
Year 10: Students will complete a mini project and experience how to undertake in a mock exam-style context.
Year 11: Students complete an extended project with a final piece worth 60% of their GCSE. In January they start the exam project which is worth 40% of their final grade at GCSE.