Design Technology

Curriculum Overviews

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Subject: Design and Technology

Faculty Leader: Mr Frame

Deputy Faculty Leader: Mr Tilbury


School Mission

'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say .'

Faculty Vision

As a Design and Technology team, we endeavor to prepare pupils to participate in a rapidly changing society.  In our subject, pupils learn to think creatively and solve problems, through both independent and collaborative work.

Inspirational Quote

'Design and Technology is about making things that people want and work well.  Creating these things is hugely exciting.  It is an inventive and fun activity.' 

  James Dyson

Curriculum Intent

The rationale of the current design and technology curriculum at The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is:

  • To develop diverse practical skills across multiple technology disciplines.
  • To work both collaboratively and independently to solve design problems and manufacture a range of contemporary products associated with modern industry.
  • To learn skills that can lead directly to future employment and aid them in their everyday life.
  • To apply knowledge from a range of other subjects.
  • To understand the value of developing skills across the wider curriculum.

Pupils at KS3 are taught on a carousel, where they study Materials and Electronics, Fashion and Textiles, Food and Nutrition, and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM). Throughout the carousel pupils learn a range of practical skills within each of the subject areas through a range of focused practical tasks. Pupils will also learn about the design process through challenging design tasks linked to the projects delivered within each area of Design and Technology.  By the end of Y8 pupils will have acquired all of the skills identified within the National Curriculum and be fully prepared for the option of specialising in one of the areas of Design and Technology offered a KS4.

KS4 Course Rationale

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology

  • The qualification prepares pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Pupils will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.
  •   Pupils will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering Manufacture

  • Developed for learners to have the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector and develop a range of personal skills and techniques.
  • Pupils can achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 engineering qualification that supports progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.
  • Learners have the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical.

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