Engineering and Product Design

Key Stage 3 Engineering

How do you make a rocket? What is the most stable shape? Why have materials changed through history? These are just some of the questions we will solve during Key Stage 3. We aim to combine the technical skills of computer programming and design technology with the knowledge from Science to create one of the most exciting subjects within the school curriculum. Our current projects include: designing and making a rocket, bridge building, material science, designing and making a ‘Mars rover’ and even electrofashion clothing.

Students will also complete a cooking programme where they will enhance their understanding of nutrition as well as honing their technical skills.

Key Stage 4 Design Technology – Product Design

Students develop their inquisitive and creative nature through a controlled assessment, which enables them to observe and critically analyse design in the world around them. Students are also able to experience hands-on, practical approaches to problems, which requires them to think in a holistic manner. In addition, students study the complexity of issues concerned with being a designer in the modern world, linking worries over sustainability, moral and social issues, together with overcoming design challenges, whilst maintaining a profitable outcome. They will also look at the vast array of materials and the industrial processes which enable products to be manufactured.

During the three years, students complete a design project for their controlled assessment and spend time developing their understanding of the world of design, increasing their awareness and consideration for the environment around us, both man-made and natural.

Key Stage 5 Design Technology – Product Design

A Level Design & Technology challenges pupils to become comprehensive designers, allowing them to produce their own solutions to real world problems. The study of Design & Technology will equip students with the ability to consider the bigger picture to find suitable solutions which fit the needs of the user, manufacturer and the environment. Everything around us, from a paperclip to cars, the buildings in which we live and work, the clothes we wear and the food we eat, have all been designed by overcoming numerous design challenges. Students will overcome these challenges and tackle issues regarding safety, sustainability, ethical practice, inclusive design, ergonomics, manufacturing and marketing which will give them the ability to think holistically.