Technology & Design

Teaching Staff:

  • Dr W Shirlow (Head of Department)
  • Mrs S Newell

 

The focus within the Technology and Design department is to provide a learning environment where pupils can discover and develop their ability in Design and Manufacture.
Technology and Design provides opportunities for pupils to experience the sense of satisfaction and enjoyment that comes from designing a product, leading on to the manufacture of completed products. Pupils will develop Technology and Design skills through work associated with 4 elements:

  • Designing
  • Communicating
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy and Control

All pupils study Technology and Design at KS3, and every pupil is given the opportunity to design and manufacture a range of products in a range of different materials.
At KS4 pupils have the option to study CCEA Occupational Studies or Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Engineering.  Both courses enable pupils to develop skills and gain knowledge through design work and through the manufacture of a range of products. 

 


Skills developed in this subject:

• Identify needs, produce possible solutions and provide material and construction details.
• Present ideas using sketches and Information Technology to produce working drawings.
• Manufacture products in a safe and correct manner, also develop the skills to select the most appropriate materials.
• To be able to identify the most appropriate system to control a product.

Careers Note:
Technology and Design is useful for any of the following careers – Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Design Engineering, Architecture, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Building Control Officer, Town Planning, Ship Building and Merchant Navy Engineering Officer.

 

 

 

 

Occupational studies:
Within this department, learners can achieve two qualifications by studying four units.  They can take two units from one occupational area, and two units from another occupational area.
Each qualification enables learners to demonstrate their knowledge,
understanding and skills within a context related to employability.

Each of the qualifications consists of 140 guided learning hours.  One of the qualifications is studies in year 11 and the other in year 12.  The units studied are bench joinery, carpentry & joinery, CAD and electrical wiring installation.

 

Unit    Bench Joinery

This unit is designed to provide increased vocational skills in bench joinery and associated activities.
This unit includes:
• consideration of health and safety issues with respect to workshop activities in bench joinery;
• consideration of career opportunities related to working with wood in the construction industry;
• an appreciation of environmental issues relating to timber;
• the appropriate use of bench joinery hand tools, and basic hand-held power tools;
• techniques of cutting, jointing, boring and planing to produce construction related components;
• construction of a range of bench joinery models; and
• a review and evaluation of performance.

Unit    Carpentry and Joinery
This unit is designed to provide vocational skills in carpentry and joinery.
This unit includes:
• consideration of health and safety issues with respect to activities in carpentry and joinery;
• consideration of career opportunities related to working with wood in the construction industry;
• an appreciation of environmental issues relating to timber;
• the appropriate use of basic carpentry and joinery hand tools and hand-held power tools;
• construction of a range of carpentry and joinery models relating to site-based activities, incorporating a wide range of joints and jointing methods; and
• a review and evaluation of performance.

Unit    Computer Aided Design
This unit introduces learners to basic skills in the use of an industry standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) drafting package.
Learners will also have the option of creating drawings in the disciplines of:
• engineering (manufacturing);
• engineering (electronic layout drawings);
• construction (architecture);
• construction (joinery component manufacture);
• construction (electrical layout drawings); or
• any other relevant discipline.
This unit includes:
• consideration of health and safety issues in CAD;
• consideration of career opportunities in CAD;
• routine drafting techniques in CAD;
• creating component drawings in CAD;
• consideration of environmental issues in CAD; and
• a review and evaluation of performance.

Unit    Electrical Wiring Installation

This unit is designed to develop vocational skills in electrical wiring installations and associated practical activities. Learners will use a range of tools and equipment to install and connect electrical components and cables to produce circuits for lighting and power installations. They will use appropriate methods to inspect and test circuitry.
This unit includes:
• consideration of health and safety issues in practical workshop activities in electrical installation;
• consideration of career opportunities in electrical installation;
• consideration of environmental issues of electrical wiring;
• selection and use of appropriate hand tools and measuring equipment;
• following instructions and diagrammatic guidelines;
• development of the techniques of measuring, cutting and preparing cables;
• installation and connection of electrical components and cables into a functional circuit;
• testing the circuitry, using measuring equipment and appropriate methods; and
• a review and evaluation of performance.

 

Btec engineering:

The BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Certificate in Engineering is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). 

Learners must complete three units to reach a total of 120 GLH.

The BTEC First Certificate has 1 unit that is externally assessed.  The other units are internally assessed.

The knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course.  Typical employment opportunities in engineering include roles such as mechanical engineer or technician.

 

The compulsory units are listed below:

Unit Unit Title  Assessment Method  GLH
1 The Engineered World

External

(on screen assessment)

30
2 Investigating an Engineered Product

 Internal

(report)

30

 

 

The optional units that we study are listed below:

Unit  Unit Title  Assessment Method GLH
8 Electronic Circuit Design and Construction

Internal

(practical circuits)

60