St Peter's School
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
- William Morris
Design and Technology challenges its pupils to work independently, both inside and outside school. It is hugely rewarding not only academically, but also personally. Good design is a balance between producing something that is both functional and visually appealing. Pupils invariably enjoy this subject, many of them going on to study related areas at university and eventually work in fields such as product design and engineering.
During the Third Form, pupils undertake a foundation course, which offers them the opportunity to use a variety of materials and components. Short projects allow them to design and make items using metal, wood, plastics and textiles. In addition to these materials, students will also use computer aided design software to help them develop designs which are then manufactured using a laser cutter. Students have one double lesson per week. Towards the end of the year students can opt to continue their Design Technology studies through to GCSE.
The first year of the GCSE programme comprises minor projects to develop the student’s design and make capabilities. The second year focuses on a major project of the pupil’s choice. This will be thoroughly researched and documented before producing a working prototype of high quality. Throughout the course, pupils will learn theories of design, manufacture and technology.
The Department offers the AQA Product Design course at GCSE. All students follow the same syllabus, but may opt to add in a textiles or an electronic element to the range of materials studied.
As an A Level, Design and Technology is increasingly sought after by universities in combination with sciences or arts A Levels. The subject allows for a versatile environment of teaching, learning and assessment and caters for a wide variety of backgrounds and future directions. Throughout the course students will learn advanced theories of design, manufacture and technology, as well as evaluating existing products, systems and ideas.