"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Design Technology in S7 to S9 (Years 7 to 9) consists of projects in the area of Graphics, Electronics, Textiles and Resistant Materials. Girls get the opportunity to work in a range of media; plastics, wood, metal and textiles. They gain an awareness of using tools and machinery and produce work in a three dimensional format. Health and Safety is an essential part of the course and you will learn how to work safely in a workshop environment.
Design Technology, Lower School
In S10 (Year 10), students commence the course exploring a theme based on sustainability and environmental issues. Students will prepare for each focus area of either Textiles or Resistant Materials by exploring the work of a well-known designer and experimenting with a mini-project.
Design Technology GCSE Textiles
In S11 (Year 11), students undertake a Controlled Assessment (30 hours of work) which is a 'Design and Make' task. The work completed will be in a Controlled Assessment Workbook, and is done under teacher supervision.
Design Technology, GCSE Resistant Materials
Students are assessed by Controlled Assessment and examination. The Controlled Assessment accounts for 60% of the GCSE. The examination accounts for 40% of the GCSE. Section A of the examination assesses overarching principles and the design process. Section B is speciﬁc to the student's focus area – Resistant Materials or Textiles.
A-Level Product Design is an exciting opportunity to develop practical making skills and an understanding of design theory. However, the demands of the subject should not be under-estimated. Students completing this course successfully will be skillful makers able to select and work with a wide range of Graphic, Resistant Materials or Textiles. However, they will also have a broad understanding of design theory which includes elements of Psychology, Philosophy, Art, ICT, Business Studies, Chemistry, Physics, History, Maths and more.
Design Technology, A-Level
Product Design aims to prepare students to live and work in a rapidly changing technological world. The subject requires students to become independent and creative problem solvers, able to identify needs, wants and opportunities and in response generate original design proposals. Students are required to design products to meet a commercial need and consider all aspects of the design and marketing of their products.
Every year we enter the following competitions: Rotary Engineering Competition; Engineering Inspirations at Elvington Air Museum.
Design Technology, Competitions
Jo Bagshaw, a practicing jeweller who works on fine metal work, pieces teaches simple metal techniques and Debbie Pagliaro develops creative textile work. STEM opportunities and After-School clubs for GCSE examination classes also run.
Studying Design Technology has led students on to study specialist degrees in areas such as Engineering, Architecture, Product Design, Fashion and Textiles, Jewellery and Sports Design. The department has a strong record of students going on to study Design Technology and creative fields. Last year, our students went on to study Design Technology at Loughborough and Central Saint Martin's.