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The area of Design & Technology allows students to partake in a wide range of activities covered by the variety of subject areas in which we deliver. Students will learn to investigate and research topics, generate and develop ideas as well as making an array of products linked to the specialist area in which they are being taught. Design Technology is a subject where students can see their ideas come to life and can use their creativity in experimenting and exploring possibilities.

Year 7 - ‘Gifts – Seaside, Repetitive patterns’ Project
This year introduces them to the many different areas of Design & Technology. The key focus of students time working in the schools workshop is to time manage projects that introduce them to working with a variety of materials. Students are taught extensively about health and safety awareness and are introduced to working with tools and machines. They are also encouraged to design ideas after completing research and then to develop their ideas into a final made prototype. Students are shown how to use computer aided design and manufacturing to produce outcomes. All outcomes are teacher and peer assessed and students are expected to evaluate their own work.
Design Technology
Year 8 - ‘Night light - British Values; ‘Bookend Animals’; ‘Desk Tidy – Memphis Design’ project
Students work in areas looking at product design. Some elements of the course allow students to design and produce outcomes focusing on electronics. Students learn about the components that make up circuits and then design a product for these systems to go into. Students use computer aided design and manufacturing to bring their creations to life. Other areas focus on designing an outcome that is functional looking in depth at designing, developing and model making. Students learn how to complete technical drawings as well as working with 3D computer software packages to communicate their ideas. Students then use workshop machines, tools and processes to construct their final outcome. All work is recorded in a booklet. Students are taught extensively about health and safety awareness through their continuation of working with tools and machines.

Year 9 - ‘Alphabet’ – Skills Based project; ‘Puzzle in a Box’ – designing for pre-school; ‘Wooden Toys’- primary children, Pop art clock project.
This is a foundation year where students work on a variety of projects that introduce them to new materials, techniques, tools and machines. Students are encouraged to be independent as well as become a valuable member of a working team at times. Students learn the design process and complete booklets of work alongside their projects where they research, design, develop, model and make a practical outcome as well as evaluating their prototypes. Students’ knowledge of all these areas build in preparation for the start of the Year 10 BTEC Art &Design course.

Design TechnologyYear 10 BTEC Art & Design Practice Level 2
'Pop Art storage'

This course allows students to build on their knowledge and skills to research and develop ideas in art and design practice. Students are introduced to the purpose of art and design work and to the practices of artists and designers, to help inform and support ideas generation. Students are also introduced to practical techniques to generate ideas by:
● conducting primary and secondary research
● experimenting with art and design practice
● understanding the purpose and function of art and design work
● exploring formal elements such as colour, line, tone, texture and form.
Design practice helps student’s development of practical skills and how to relate ideas generation to practical skills development. Task are experimental, allowing students to develop their ‘creative voice’ and to develop practical skills within art and design practice. The course aims to engage students in practical tasks that investigate artists and practical techniques to support ideas development. It also encourages students to reflect on their work to understand how the process of research and investigation can help to generate ideas and inspire art and design.
Component 1 - generating ideas in art & design
Component 2 - developing practical skills in art & design
Component 3 - responding to a client brief are assessed as Level 1 or Level 2 Pass, Merit and Distinction - Component 3 is an externally assessed component which is sat under exam conditions. Students will produce a portfolio of work which records their journey through the course.

Year 11 BTEC Art & Design Practice level 2 continuation Pop art storage –
3 responding to a client brief
This year focuses on the external assessment unit and preparing students to complete it. Students will demonstrate understanding of a client brief, develop and produce a response to a client brief, and then present a response to a client brief. Students will research and investigate their brief developing their ICT skills, they will then learn how to plan and time manage their project. This will result in students producing a mock up or prototype of a 3D product. The final development will be presented in a portfolio.

Year 12 BTEC Art & Design National Extended Certificate Level 3
The content of the qualification relates directly to the skills and understanding needed for further study in art and design. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design is delivered through practical projects in art and design. There are three mandatory units, which:
• explore processes and methods of visually recording and communicating creative ideas
• develop students understanding and analysis of the work of artists and designers,
• bring their learning together through the creative process.
Design TechnologyStudents develop skills and knowledge through an option unit in a specific area such as fashion, textiles, graphic, photography, 3D studies or fine art. The qualification is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in the sector and increase their levels of independence.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design is equivalent in size to one A Level. It is for students interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, but not necessarily in art and design. Students will complete an externally assessed unit and a coursework unit in the first year of the course.

Year 13 BTEC Art & Design National extended certificate Level 3
The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about Art and Design alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in Art related subjects. The qualification gives a coherent introduction to the study of Art and Design at this level. Learners develop Art and Design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process. They study visual recording and communication, critical analysis and production skills to produce art and design outcomes. Students will complete the course by sitting an externally assessed unit and by completing a final coursework portfolio all good for preparation to the next stage of college or university.