Design and Technology
The core of design and technology at Stanborough is creativity and imagination. Students are provided with the knowledge, skills, principles and vocabulary to design and produce a range of quality products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We provide students with the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects such as food preparation and nutrition, food and cookery, textiles, product design, graphics and engineering. In all disciplines we aim to stimulate and maintain student interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concern about technological aspects of their environment. The practical aspect of the subject draws on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering and computing. We prepare our students to live and work in the designed and made world.
Head of department: Miss C Burnham
What will students study?
All students will, by the end of Year 7, have followed a programme of modules covering six different material areas: food, textiles, wood, graphics, plastics and metal. These are designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, equipment and especially health and safety issues. By the end of Year 7 we are confident that everyone will have had the opportunity to gain a sound working knowledge of, and enjoyment from, their experience in each of these design and technology disciplines.
During Year 8, students continue to develop their skills and knowledge gained in Year 7 whilst developing and being introduced to new technologies such as the 3D printer, with a particular focus of incorporating IT in terms of Computer Aided Design and manufacture. Students opt for two focused modules, each half a year in length. They can choose from: food and nutrition, textiles design, graphics or product design. These modules allow students to experience a modern design and technology learning experience, work towards achieving higher levels and further the quality of the work and outcomes being produced.
Throughout Key Stage 3, students study key concepts so they are able to select the most suitable Key Stage 4 course. The design and technology staff are able to guide students to make the most appropriate choice.
At Key Stage 4 students are offered a wide range of design and technology courses to choose from. All courses are three years in length and are Level 2 qualifications. These are:
Eduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
NCFE Level 1/2 Combined Technical Award in Food and Cookery
AQA GCSE Engineering
AQA GCSE D&T Core with Timber Based Materials
AQA GCSE D&T Core with Textiles Based Materials
NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design
Students can continue to study design and technology at Key Stage 5 by choosing one of the following routes:
A level D&T: Product Design
A level D&T: Fashion and Textiles
Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition Diploma