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Technology and Design



Our focus in Technology and Design is on the development of creative design and problem-solving skills and manufacturing capability whilst working with a range of materials. This is done through identifying a problem, finding out more about it through investigation, sketching possible/creative solutions and then giving reasons for selecting the best solution.  This solution is then manufactured in one of our two workshops which have a wide selection of traditional bench tools and equipment.

KS3 pupils will carry out a range of practical projects using various types of metal, wood and plastic. 

In KS4, pupils in Year 11 and Year 12 will have the opportunity to study a further four Technology based pathways; GCSE Construction, GCSE Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies, OS Carpentry and Joinery and OS Engineering.

GCSE Construction

This subject, developed by CCEA, gives students an insight into the Construction Industry.  Within construction, pupils will look at ways to keep themselves and others safe when working in a workshop environment. They will learn about regulation, tools, materials, and their properties.  This qualification allows pupils to gain a range of Grades from A*- C.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Built Environment (20%)

Unit 2: Sustainable Construction (30%)

Unit 3: Construction Craft Project – Practical based (25%)

Unit 4: Computer Aided Design in Construction (25%)

GCSE Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies

This subject is studied within years 11 and 12 and allows pupils to gain a range of Grades from A* - C. The CCEA GCSE Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies specification prepares students to become responsible road users. It develops their interest in and appreciation of the motor vehicle. Students develop knowledge of the Highway Code. They learn about driving at night and under adverse conditions, as well as the causes and prevention of road traffic collisions. They carry out a practical riding activity on a moped and investigate a real-life traffic situation. They discover road users’ responsibilities and legal requirements. They explore motor vehicle and road user theory.

Unit 1: Motor Vehicle and Road User Theory (50%)

Unit 2: Investigative Study (25%)

Unit 3: Practical Riding Activity (25%)

Occupational Studies (OS) Engineering

This course will give the learner a basic understanding of the practical skills and basic knowledge required in the production of assembled components manufactured from metal and in the fabrication of assembled components manufactured from sheet metal. 

Unit 1: Sheet Metal (50%)

Unit 2: Hand Fitting (50%)

Occupational Studies (OS) Carpentry and Joinery

Occupational Studies (OS) Carpentry and Joinery

This unit is designed to provide vocational skills in carpentry and joinery.  It includes the appropriate use of basic carpentry and joinery hand tools and hand-held power tools, and the construction of a range of carpentry joints and jointing methods.

Unit 1: Bench Joinery (50%)

Unit 2: Carpentry and Joinery (50%)

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