Forming an area of the syllabus that develops skills of quite a different nature from the academic subjects, Design Technology enables pupils to gain an awareness, understanding and capability in the technological world. Instead of theoretical problem solving, pupils have an opportunity to realise a practical solution to the tasks presented to them.
The focus of the department is strongly aimed at pupil enjoyment through inspirational teaching and by doing exciting and creative projects. Pupils are encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively. The pupils gain thorough knowledge and understanding of design and technology not only by theory work and practical experience, but by reflecting and evaluating their work and the work of others. They are encouraged always to produce work of quality; work that they can be proud of!
At 'A' level, focus is very much on the individual developing as a young product designer/innovator. Students will become informed users/consumers by completing detailed product analysis, and by completing many design and make activities over the 2 years. The emphasis of the course is to build on the knowledge and understanding gained in previous years but with a new direction on new technologies and industrial practices. Students will gain a firm understanding of 20th century design and its many design movements. They will also be able to gain an appreciation of the influences and implications of design and technology on society.
You can see examples of work in our video of the Art and Design & Technology Exhibition 2012, produced by two Lower Sixth pupils.