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Design and Technology

Design Technology is concerned with developing the capability to combine designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make high quality products. At St. George’s Academy Design Technology is compulsory for all students at KS3 where a wide range of Technology subjects are offered. At KS4 students have the choice to study one or more Technology subjects at either GCSE or through the BTEC vocational route. In the Joint Sixth Form a range of AS, A2, L2 and L3 BTEC courses are offered as a natural progression from the subject specific courses in Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 3

The curriculum offered at Key Stage 3 is planned using the Key Stage 3 Strategy guidelines and is designed to give students a broad and balanced experience of designing and making. Student tracking is carried out to ensure all students visit all areas offered in D&T by the end of Y8. D&T subject areas are based upon three term modules in Years 7 & 8 and six term modules in Y9, which are organised into rotations.
At KS3 all students have the opportunity to study Electronics, Engineering, Food, Graphics, Product Design, Textiles and Resistant Materials as part of their Design Technology curriculum.


Key Stage 4

In KS4 a wide choice of Technology subjects are offered to students and all are taught by staff who specialise in their own particular Technology subject.

The following courses on offer are:

OCR: D&T: Electronics & Control Systems (GCSE)
OCR: D&T: Food Technology (GCSE)
OCR: D&T: Graphics (GCSE)
OCR: D&T: Product Design (GCSE)
OCR: D&T: Resistant Materials (GCSE)
OCR: D&T: Textiles Technology (GCSE)
OCR: Engineering (GCSE)
EDEXCEL: BTEC Construction (L2)
EDEXCEL: BTEC Engineering (L2)
WJEC: Child Development (GCSE)
WJEC: Catering (GCSE)


Key Stage 5

The post 16 curriculum offered within the department is expanding every year and at present we are able to offer:

BTEC ENGINEERING LEVEL 3 SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA & DIPLOMA

This Level 3 course is a two year course designed for those students who have an interest in Engineering, having studied Engineering or a related subject at Level 2 and wish to progress in the future to a higher level of study or into a job within the Engineering sector. It may be possible to study this course as either a single or double option depending on demand.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students are expected to have studied an engineering related course at level two and have a keen interest in Engineering. The ability to work with others, research and present work creatively, as well as having good communication skills is also important. Students must have at least a grade C in English & grade B in Mathematics. Students who have not studied an engineering related course at level two, but who have a keen interest and aptitude for Physics, may still apply providing they have achieved double B in Science.

A LEVEL PRODUCT DESIGN: GRAPHICS

This course is suitable for students who have studied Graphics, Product Design or Resistant Materials at GCSE level and have achieved a grade B or above. Art is also a useful subject. To achieve the AS level there are 2 units to complete. Each unit of work is related to the specific subject.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 programmes with a grade B in GCSE Graphics, Product Design or Resistant Materials.

A LEVEL PRODUCT DESIGN: RESISTANT MATERIALS

Candidates will come to Product Design A Level, usually with the completion of GCSE in either Resistant Materials, Graphic Products or Electronic Products, although this is not always essential. They will also bring their skills they have already acquired at GCSE level plus; time keeping, planning, organisational skills, a motivation to succeed and an awareness of the global community.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Consideration will be given to all students who display a keen interest in design but students must be motivated and keen to explore and develop their design, manufacturing and problem solving skills.

A LEVEL PRODUCT DESIGN: TEXTILES TECHNOLOGY

A Level Textiles Technology is studied over 2 years with AS being completed at the end of Year 12, and A2 at the end of Year 13. D&T Textiles A Level gives you the opportunity to develop your capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The subject will enable you to take a broad view of design and technology and to develop a wide range of skills, including working with others, thinking creatively and making quality products.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 programmes with a grade B in GCSE Product Design Textiles.

A LEVEL PRODUCT DESIGN: FOOD TECHNOLOGY

In a nutshell, Food Technology uses Food Science in the creation, preservation, processing, packaging and nutritional contribution of food products. Gone are the days when there was a short food chain when the apple fell from the tree and it was then eaten! The packaged food we eat nowadays can use ingredients from all over the world, be assembled at a factory at the other end of the country, and then delivered frozen to your nearest store.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 programmes.

BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA HOSPITALITY (WITH CATERING)

This level three course is a two-year course designed for those students who have an interest in the hospitality and catering industry, having studied hospitality, catering or a related food subject at level two and may wish to progress onto a higher level of study or to move into the Hospitality and Catering industry.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 study apply. In addition, students must have studied a related food, catering or hospitality course at level two and have a keen interest in cooking and the hospitality industry. The ability to work with others, research and present work with creativity, as well as having good communication skills is also very important.

NVQ/SVQ CAA DIPLOMA LEVEL 2  SITE CARPENTRY

The Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry is a one-year course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of people, enabling them to work in the industry in their chosen craft. It has been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment using simulated conditions, and the test(s) are based on the learner showing what they can do as an individual through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification.

IMIAL LEVEL 2 DIPLOMA IN LIGHT VEHICLE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR PRINCIPLES (VRQ)

IMI Awards is the leading awarding organisation to the retail motor industry. We offer an unrivalled range of motor industry qualifications that demonstrate skills and competence, the foundation of a successful career.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification and learners are not expected to have any prior knowledge or experience, however an interest in the subject area is advisable. The content level of this qualification would be similar to the study required for GCSE grades A*- C.

​IMIAL LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN LIGHT VEHICLE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR PRINCIPLES

IMI Awards is the leading awarding organisation to the retail motor industry. We offer an unrivalled range of motor industry qualifications that demonstrate skills and competence, the foundation of a successful career.