Design Technology

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works.” Steve Jobs

Studying Design and Technology requires the use of a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding in a wide variety of activities which allow students to express themselves creatively. Students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Through evaluation of past, present and future technology, students develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world, ensuring everyone in society can benefit.

Design and Technology at Abbotsholme aims to:

Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

  • Help students develop thinking and practical skills involved in challenging problem solving and intelligent decision making
  • Develop students' ability to generate ideas and communicate them successfully in the form of drafting, testing, model prototypes and consultation with others.
  • Equip students with the principles of design and a personal command of the design process
  • Provide experience of the nature and uses of a variety of materials and manufacturing processes
  • Make students aware of the changes occurring in the world today as a result of the technological innovation in the home and at work
  • Encourage the application of technological understanding to the solving of problems or tasks in order to improve the quality of life
  • Stimulate the discussion of values of an aesthetic, technical, economical and moral nature

Years 7/8/9

Design and Technology at Key Stage 3 is largely skills based, whilst giving each student the opportunity to develop their own creativity through exciting and innovative design-and-make projects and team-based activities. Students complete a wide range of prototypes in a range of materials based on the area of Product Design.

All Students learn computer aided design (CAD) skills using 2D Design and Google Sketch-Up and computer aided manufacture (CAM) with the use of the laser cutter and 3D printer. Graphic techniques and practical skills are reinforced with technological theory in order to create a sound foundation for those that wish to follow the subject through to GCSE.

Years 10 and 11 GCSE

GCSE Design and Technology empowers students to design and make products with creativity and originality using a range of materials and techniques. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible, demonstrating their design and making skills by completing fully functioning products. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used to design and develop their major project that accounts for 50% of the course.

Over the 2-year course, candidates develop a large range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to product design. Invaluable transferable skills are developed through the course and put students in a strong position to continue to study at A-level.