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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 the more vocational Technical Award route. In the Joint Sixth Form a range of Level 3 courses are offered as a natural progression from the subject specific courses in Key Stage 4. In addition, the Academy makes every effort to respond to student demand by also offering more vocational type qualifications at KS5.

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, based upon the agreed Design Process. 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. 

In 2017/18 the following courses on offer are:

  • AQA GCSE D&T Electronics
  • AQA GCSE D&T Product Design
  • AQA L1/2 Technical Award : Fashion and Textiles
  • AQA L1/2 Technical Award : Materials Technology
  • AQA L1/2 Technical Award : Visual Communication
  • AQA L1/2 Technical Award : Children’s Learning and Development
  • WJEC L1/2 Award Construction and the Built Environment
  • WJEC: Hospitality and Catering L2 Technical Award 

Key Stage 5

The post 16 curriculum offered within the department is expanding every year and from September 2017 we are able to offer:

  • A Level Product Design Graphics
  • Level 2/3 IMI Certificate in Motor Vehicle
  • CAA Level 2 Bricklaying
  • CTEC Engineering Single Award
  • L3 BTEC in Hospitality and Catering