Design Technology, or D.T., is the study, design, development, application, implementation, and use of various tools, equipment, processes and materials for purpose of communicating product design intent and constructability in various fields and industries. The topics covered are in line with the national curriculum and ensure that student understanding is of suitable breadth and depth for whatever they progress onto.
We cover a wide range of topics ranging from the study of metals, wood and fabrics and the applications in everything from waterproof clothing to parachutes. They cover vehicle transport, including car design and operation up to aircraft and aerodynamics. The students investigate construction methods both in the traditional sense of house building and in regard to renewable and eco-friendly techniques and materials. There are also opportunities to work on areas related to technology, engineering, electronics and mechanics.
Students produce various projects, this will go from them coming up with a personal idea, through a drawn design phase, into a scale model version. When they are satisfied with these, they then use the practical aspects of lessons to use different materials, tools and techniques to make what was their idea into a reality.
Students will develop a number of key competencies and cross-curriculum skills including accurate measuring, calculations, practical skills using tools such as sawing, sanding and filing. Students will be able to accurately write up and describe their work using key terms and technical language.
Assessment and Feedback
Assessment in this subject is rigorous and on-going. Students’ planning, manufacture and review of their work is assessed, and verbal and written feedback is offered.
Links to Everyday Life
There are many key transferrable skills that students develop and refine in this subject, including, building from plans, applying maths, working to specifications and within timeframes.
Popular careers associated with success in this subject include: fashion designer, tailor, product designer, architect, software engineer, civil engineer, carpenter, mechanic, electrician and fitter.