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STAFF

Mr R McMorris BSc PGCE

Mr R Currie BSc PGCE

Technician

Mr A Wilson

WHY STUDY

Technology and Design is a compulsory subject for all pupils at Key Stage 3, and optional for those at Key Stage 4 and at 'A' level. Programmes of Study for Technology and Design detail that which must be taught to all pupils. The teaching of Technology and Design aims to equip pupils with the skills necessary to live in an increasingly technological society by developing pupils':

- Technological literacy
- Awareness of the effects which technology and design have on the world
- Physical, intellectual and interpersonal skills
- Logical and systematic thinking
- Understanding of technological devices and providing opportunities to employ them
- Ability to identify, examine and resolve practical problems.

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
—Steve Jobs, 2003

DEPARTMENT AIMS

The general aim of Technology and Design is to enable all pupils to become confident and responsible in solving real life problems, striving for creative solutions, independent learning, product excellence and social consciousness. The specific aims of Technology and Design are to:

- stimulate pupils' curiosity, imagination, creativity, and the ability to operate effectively in society
- present day, particularly as it affects the economy
- raise pupils' awareness of the implications of technology and design decisions on society and the develop, through active learning, pupils' understanding of technology and design
- develop pupils' abilities to identify anti respond to needs, opportunities 'technology push' and market pull
- involve pupils in purposeful design activities resulting in the development of products
- promote the ability in pupils to communicate information and ideas through a variety of media
- equip pupils with technology and design skills to enable them to cope with and respond more effectively to an increasingly technological society
- develop pupils' awareness of the nature and application of technological products
- develop an appreciation of the importance of quality
- promote an awareness of the means by which societies generate wealth
enable pupils to appreciate the importance of technology and design in society, historically and environment
- engage the interests of all pupils and help sustain their motivation for learning

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage 3 level we involve pupils in a wide range of design and manufacture projects. In these initial years we aim to develop an enthusiasm for the subject so that pupils will see Technology and Design and an option for study further up the school.

We look at the materials used in the world of manufacture and incorporate various Systems and Control methods into our projects from LED technology in Year 8 to Transistor based Audio Systems in Year 10.

GCSE

At GCSE Level we follow the CCEA Specification which looks at options such as Computing, Electronic, Mechanical and Pneumatic Systems and Control. Plus there are 2 Coursework Activities which involve a 'seen' design question and Design and Manufacture Project.

Unit 1 : Technology and Design Common Core Paper 1 hour
Unit 2 : Electronic and Microelectronic Control Systems Paper 1 hour
Unit 4 : Design Controlled Assessment
Unit 5 : Design and Manufacture Project plus design portfolio (max x10 A3 pages)

A-LEVEL

The CCEA A-Level builds on experience gained through CCEA GCSE Technology and Design. It provides a solid foundation for study at a higher level in areas relating to engineering and design.

AS 1 : Product Design and Systems and Control paper 2 hours
AS 2 : Coursework-Product Development. 45 hours of Coursework
A2 1 : Systems and Control Paper 2 hours
A2 2 : Coursework-Design and Manufacture. 60 hours of Coursework

 
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