Key Stage 3
In KS3 students have one hour of each technology subject a week for 10 weeks per year. The emphasis in Years 7 to 8 is on gaining a good grounding in all branches of technology. Rotations of ten weeks enable the students to experience Food, Graphics, Product Design and Textiles. The departments focus is on developing practical skills and theory in each of the year 7 and 8 courses, to ensure solid progression to GCSE courses in year 9, if chosen.
In Year 7 students are streamed into 5 sets and they have one lesson per week.
In Graphics students are taught to understand the role of a Graphic designer and the influence of graphics in our day to day lives.
In Engineering the focus is to build basic practical skills using materials, tools and machinery. Students will also begin to develop an understanding about the materials they are using as well as manufacturing methods linking to them.
In Food Technology, students learn about safety, food hygiene and healthy eating and make a range of practical dishes which enable them to learn how to use basic equipment, the cooker hob and the oven.
In Textiles, students work on a single project to design, develop and make a Soft Toy Monster. During this project students learn for the first time, how to use a range of equipment and processes accurately and safely, from cutting with dressmaking shears, to using the iron and the sewing machine.
In Year 8 students are streamed into 5 sets and also have one lesson per week.
In Graphics they will learn how to develop their own ideas in response to a client brief and work on a range of different tasks linked to branding, advertising and packaging.
Students in Engineering continue to develop their knowledge on the process of designing and making a product from start to finish using different materials, tools and machinery. Students will be introduced to using CAD CAM for producing a practical outcome as well as learning about how this links to scales of production for making products in industry.
In Food Technology, students further develop their practical skills by making a range of more demanding sweet and savoury products including some main meals, focusing again on food hygiene, safe production and healthy eating.
In Textiles students will continue to develop skills in their knowledge. Students design and make a Vintage Themed Cushion, which they will research, design, plan, and make individually.
Key Stage 4
The department currently offers options in Engineering and Hospitality and Catering at GCSE level. Students can also access options in Graphic Design and Art Textiles at GCSE level also. We aim to prepare students for the demands of the Engineering, Designing and Manufacturing industries that link to further academic studies and future employment. In Food, students learn how to prepare and cook healthy and well balanced meals with understanding of ingredients, processes and food values. This could lead to jobs in Food or Catering industries as well as preparation for healthy lifestyle.
The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support learners who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. It provides learners with a core depth of knowledge and a range of specialist and general skills that will support their progression to further learning and employment.
The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design is designed to support learners who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for developing skills and knowledge linking to further study or future careers in the Engineering Design sector. As part of the course students will learn about the importance of design briefs, product analysis, researching materials and existing products made, producing design specifications and understanding user requirements when designing a product. Students will learn how to develop and present engineering designs for products using various methods including the use of CAD. Students will learn how to use 3D design realisation techniques to help present final ideas as well as learning about manufacturing methods for making products. Students will have various portfolios to produce as part of controlled assessments to demonstrate skills learned as well as completing a written exam in this subject.
All courses are suitable for employment and further academic study, including A levels.
Key Stage 4 Courses Offered
Level 2 Qualification
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Level 1/2 Award/Certificate in Engineering Design
Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering
Extra Curricular Activities
The Technology department carries out visits to the Spa for Engineering week, and other STEM events in the local area. Technology staff are always available after school for help with homework or controlled assessment, including weekly catch up sessions for GCSE coursework or other individual work as required.