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“Design is not just what it look like and feels like.  Design is how it works” Steve Jobs.

Within Technology we take pride in offering students practical subject experience.

Design Technology develops pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of the technological world in which we live.

Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. (NC2013)

At Key Stage three (Years7, 8 & 9) students cover a range of disciplines, acquiring and developing a range of key life skills such as preparing a healthy nutritious meal, product design, sewing and graphic design. Students use a variety of tools, equipment and ICT

Students are able to gain a bank of theoretical and practical knowledge in KS3 that can transferred to their chosen optional program of study in Key stage 4.

Key Stage 4

With exciting opportunities with our partners, we have teamed up with Nelson and Colne College to offer two vocational programs.
Current options available:

BTEC in Hospitality

This course is a theoretical based program of study, with no examination and only Coursework.
Coursework is marked and verified internally and externally.

The coursework is addressed in units, and are as follows-
1. Introduction to hospitality
2. Working in hospitality
3. Health & Safety within hospitality
4. Prepare, Cook & Serve a meal

BTEC Engineering Design and Product Investigation

This qualification provides opportunities for learners to apply their mathematical and scientific knowledge to support them in their practical understanding of engineering.

The course is designed to inspire learners to consider a career in the engineering industry, and:

  • give them the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the engineering industry
  • support progression to a specialised level 3 vocational or academic course, to an Apprenticeship, or to employment in a wide range of junior job roles across the engineering industry, such as Service Technician or Product Design Engineer.

Two core units and one mandatory unit provide the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the engineering sector. Learners must complete all core and mandatory units.

Investigating an Engineered Product Internal This unit ensures learners understand the performance requirements of an engineered product and the selection of specific materials for use in the components that make up an engineered product.
Interpreting and Using Engineered Information External  Learners will understand how to interpret and use information from drawings and other documentation.
Engineering Design (mandatory) Internal This unit looks at the factors influencing the design of a new product and how to develop a product design specification (PDS) and prepare design proposals and design solutions that meet the requirements of a PDS.

Grades are awarded for this qualification. The final grade for the qualification is based on a structure of:

  • Unclassified
  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction
  • Distinction *