Design & Technology

All students study Design & Technology and Food & Nutrition. They develop their knowledge, skills and understanding to engage in an iterative process to design and make a range of products using a variety of materials. They work in Resistant Materials, Textiles, Electronics, Graphic Products and Food, to be creative in practical activities. They are encouraged to solve design problems in imaginative and innovative ways to suit a range of user needs. Food and Nutrition lessons encourage healthy eating and scientific understanding, to develop necessary skills that enable students to lead independent lives by using a range of equipment and developing their own recipes.

At GCSE, students have the opportunity to choose Food Preparation and Nutrition or core D&T specialising in either; Graphic Products, Electronics, Textiles or Resistant Materials. The specifications develop students as independent and creative problem-solvers, as individuals and team members. They must identify needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of design ideas and making appropriate products. The specifications combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social, moral and environmental issues, function and industrial practice. Students reflect on and evaluate relevant present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.

A Level Design and Technology includes core knowledge and the opportunity to specialise in either Engineering, Product Design or Fashion and Textiles. The subject develops their understanding as students are given freedom to design and make products that satisfy real life situations.

Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition: This is an Applied General qualification suitable for learners progressing to university. It has been designed to offer exciting, interesting experiences through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts, linked to the food production industry.