Aims of the curriculum
Learning design and technology at school helps to prepare young people for living and working in an ever-changing world. It also emphasises the need to prepare young people to be adaptable in acquiring new knowledge and skills. Design and technology is a popular subject at KS4 and supports the delivery of mathematics, English and science. Students cover a range of academic and practical skills in Design and Technology which allows pupils to develop as a person as well as a learner.
Teaching methods and student organisation
Design and technology is comprised of four different media areas of which students can pick one to study at Key Stage 4. This is done using various different methods, including theory and practical based tasks. All areas of the GCSE involve students completing coursework. Staff will be able to recommend which subject area is most suitable for pupils and their future career path. Courses vary dependant on the exam board and area chosen, these include:
- AQA Resistant Materials: 60% Coursework (1 task), 40% Exam (Year 10 and Year 11)
- AQA Graphic Products: 60% Coursework (1 task), 40% Exam (Year 10 and Year 11)
- VCERT Food and Cookery: 75% Coursework (3 units), 25% Exam (Year 10 and Year 11)
- AQA Materials Technical Award: 60% Coursework (2 units), 40% Exam (Year 9)
- AQA Visual Communication Technical Award: 60% Coursework (2 units), 40% Exam (Year 9)
- AQA Fashion Technical Award: 60% Coursework (2 units), 40% Exam (Year 9)
Progression after Key Stage 4
Once the students have successfully completed their GCSE in design and technology, they may choose to complete an A-Level in product design at St. Thomas More Catholic School. Other options include studying higher level qualifications at college which will give them access to many different careers. These include; engineering, advanced manufacturing, digital ICT and creative industries, the motor industry and the hospitality/catering industry.
Additional classes and extra curricular activities
Pupils are provided with regular intervention classes in the evenings to support those students who require extra help or wish to further improve their grade.