Curriculum aims

Learning and undertaking activities in design and technology contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become: • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of design and technology

In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Resistant Materials

What qualities/skills do I need to do this subject? To study Resistant Materials you need to have enjoyed the subject at Key Stage 3. You need to be confident when working with hand tools and machines and be able to communicate design ideas in a graphical manner. What will I learn? You will learn about woods, plastics and metals, and the properties of these materials and how they can be shaped joined and finished to make marketable products. You will develop knowledge of hand tools, machines and processes. CAD/CAM will be studied and used throughout the completion of many practical projects. What qualifications will I get? You will gain a full GCSE in Resistant Materials Technology with the option of doubling this award up to include a GCSE in Product Design after discussion with your teacher. How will I be assessed? You will be assessed continually during lessons from the work and projects produced. Homework will be set and assessed weekly. Work assessed will have comments on about how to improve and develop subject knowledge. The overall course is made up 60% controlled assessment and 40% final written examination. How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do? A good GCSE in Resistant Materials can lead on to studying Design and Technology at A-Level, a NVQ course or BTEC. Many local colleges offer courses at the next level in Design and Technology. Careers in Resistant Materials.  There are many career pathways open to you from studying Resistant Materials. These include: Furniture Design, Interior Designer, Shop Fitting, Engineering, Farm Work, Roofing, Surveyor, Aircraft Engineer, Construction Industry, Heating Engineering, Car Designer, Plumber plus many more.