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Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.

Using creativity and imagination, girls design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It encourages awareness and understanding of economic, political, social, aesthetic, cultural, moral, environmental and health & safety factors, in addition to specific skills and knowledge associated with Design and Technology.

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Girls learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

The Product Design course is geared towards students who have studied Resistant Materials or Graphic Products and offers continuity from GCSE.

Coursework in the first year will be in the form of one ‘Design and Make’ project aimed at researching, analysing and developing an existing product, and an exam board set “Advanced innovation challenge”. The A2 year requires a second, larger, ‘Design and Make’ project that builds on the skills and experiences from AS and requires the student to design and produce a full-scale prototype product. Examinations will test knowledge and understanding of materials, components and systems as well as Design and Technology capability.

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