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.
Work in the first year will be in the form of mini ‘Design and Make’ projects aimed at researching, analysing and developing an existing product, this will not contribute to the A level marks and is for developing skills, knowledge and understanding of the A level course.
The NEA (Non Examined Assessment - formerly coursework or controlled assessment) starts in the summer term of the L6 year and is a larger, design project aimed at prototyping designs and testing them against a pupil set brief and specification.Examinations will test knowledge and understanding of materials, components and systems as well as Design and Technology capability.