Design & Technology

Mr H Singh

Head of Design Technology

The Design and Technology department plays a crucial role in enabling their pupils to meet the challenges of life in our fast-changing world. We deliver a coherent 11-18 curriculum that builds on young people’s experiences and helps all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Design and Technology is a subject which helps pupils to enjoy and achieve throughout key stage three, four and five. Design and Technology is a popular subject as it enables pupils to learn through a variety of learning styles. As a department we strive to provide challenging and motivating projects, as you can imagine with so many practical courses being undertaken this is an incredibly busy but exciting and vibrant department.

This exciting curriculum is delivered by Design and Technology specialists who are committed to raising children’s achievement. Mr Singh (Head of department) and Mr Santos are responsible for developing the best strategies to make your child’s learning experience ideal.

Key Stage 3

During a student’s first 3 years at St John Bosco College they develop their knowledge and understanding from basic to more advance in both the workshop and the kitchen. Students are allocated 1-2 hours a week in Design Technology. Each student participates in 12 weeks projects which include the following:

Food Technology

Covering basic preparation skills, basic recipes, health and safety, basic knife skills, along with the design and make task of a themed dish(es). Students move forward to being taught how to adapt a recipe, selecting ingredients and food production. During key stage 3 the students cover 3 projects, Basic food skills, Healthy eating and Ready meals which equip each student with the skills to make food dishes in a kitchen.

Product Design

Students are given a design and make brief which will enable them to design products catering to a target market and manufacturing them to a high quality finish. All students will experience working with hand tools during the projects as well as machines we have In the department. We offer 3 projects at key stage 3 which include wooden clock, phone holder and eco-friendly amplifier projects. Each project enhances and builds upon hand skills in the workshop enabling students to be able to use tools correctly and effectively.

CAD/CAM

With the equipment we offer in the department we encourage students from year 7 to start using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM). This allows students to use CAD software packages (Google Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator, Autodesk 123D Design/Make) to develop their understanding of design as well as CAM (3D Printers and Laser Cutters) to manufacture these ideas more accurately. Projects include earphone wrap (3D printed), Vibrobug (Laser cut & electronics) and a USB project (laser cut).

All projects have been designed to build upon skills and theory from year to year to work towards our GCSE at key stage 4 and then further to the A-level course we offer at key stage 5.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE level we study Edexcel Design and Technology course. The themes of the contextual challenges provided by the exam board, will give students the freedom to take design risks and to innovate in a situation where it is safe to test and refine ideas. Students will have the opportunity to specialise in 6 possible material areas (Metals, Papers and boards, Polymers, Systems, Textiles, or Timbers) and they will be accessed on one of these areas. The GCSE is designed to allow students to learn through designing and making, focusing on building problem solving skills. The GCSE is weighted as 50% coursework and 50% examination.

Key Stage 5

Students who do well at GCSE Design Technology are encouraged to also pursue the qualification at A-level. This builds upon skills attained at GCSE and develop them into a much more advanced and deeper knowledge and understanding. Covering materials, components and applications, hand and commercial processing, environment and ergonomics, design and market influences, processes and design and manufacture. The course is an intense and exciting step into the world of design. The A-level is weighted as 50% coursework and 50% examination.