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, using a wide range of materials and processes. Students are placed in mixed ability groups and we try to ensure that students cover all key material areas within Key Stage 3. Students have the opportunity to study a wide range of materials including: Electronics, paper and xcard, woods, metals and plastics, fabrics as well as Food Technology as part of the 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 are specialists in each area.
In 2019/20 the following courses on offer are:
- Edexcel GCSE D&T Electronics / Product Design
- NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Art & Design (Textiles)
- WJEC L1/2 Award Construction and the Built Environment
- WJEC: Hospitality and Catering L2 Technical Award
- OCR Cambridge National Level 2 in Child Development
Key Stage 5
The post 16 curriculum offered within the department from September 2019 are as follows:
- A Level Product Design Graphics
- Level 2/3 IMI Certificate in Motor Vehicle
- CAA Level 2 Bricklaying
- CTEC L3 Textiles
- L3 BTEC in Hospitality and Catering