Everything around us has been designed, then manufactured, transported and sold. Design and Technology: Product Design will give an understanding of where all these products come from, how there made and why they exist. Environmental issues, cultural issues and moral issues. Learning how to do technical drawing and how to work with a wide range of tools, machines and materials. Most importantly the subject will allow each student to be creative and to enjoy discovering design and making opportunities.

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Product Design at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students will be taught how to use workshop tools and machines confidently and safely. They will also learn about the design process, design influences and use of materials. We challenge our students to problem solve and most importantly consider the environmental impact of every product from “cradle to grave”.

Year 7 curriculum map - Each term students study a different DT subject.

Year 8 curriculum map - During the academic year, students study a range of DT subjects on an 8-week rotation.

Design and Technology: Product Design - KS3 Assessment Grids

Resistant materials at Key Stage 4

Students will take forward their knowledge and skill base from KS3 and develop these areas further. Students will study the AQA Design and Technology course, this will comprise of an exam and a non-exam assessment each worth 50% of the total grade. They will produce a portfolio of design work and made outcomes. The product will be based on a task which allows for the creative irritative designing and making skills along with valuable research, analytical and evaluative skills. For the exam students will learn about a wide range of technological concepts, drawing skills and will have to be able to answer contextual maths problems.

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There are trips to the design museum and to the science museum and will as problem-solving and design tasks on creative days. After-school projects based around competitions and cross-curricular activities.

Career and future pathways

Product Designer, Architect, Engineer, Set Designer, Carpenter, Joiner, Builder


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