Design Technology forms an area of the curriculum that develops skills of quite a different nature from other subjects. Design Technology enables students to develop their awareness of the world around them, to develop an understanding of and capability in the technological world. Instead of theoretical problem solving, design is about the creative application of science and technology to solve everyday problems.
‘the creative application of science and technology to solve everyday problems’
Design Technology at The King’s (The Cathedral) School is being developed year on year to provide the most up to date and relevant design and manufacturing methods. Students are taught around a basis of equipping them with new skills and then asking them to apply these skills to a design problem, students are always encouraged to develop their drawing, CAD and CAM skills independently so as to enhance their design work.
Key Stage 3
All student study design in years 7 to 9, completing four projects per year covering:
· Resistant Materials
· Computer Aided Design & Manufacture
· Food Technology
· System & Control
· Product Design
Projects include, laser cut vase, can crusher, wind sock, LED mood light, cast pendant, MP3 speakers and a 'bag for life'. These projects develop a range of problem solving skills and industrially applicable manufacturing knowledge.
In years 10 and 11 students can choose to study 3 distinct disciplines, all these follow the AQA syllabus:
Students build upon their Key Stage 3 learning, being provided with opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of design by applying them to everyday circumstances. Students are taught to be creative thinkers while still understanding the limits imposed by finance, materials and manufacturing processes. Students also develop their ability to manage their time carefully to produce high quality work within deadlines.
At A-level students can choose to study Product Design in one of two areas:
A-level students are taught to look at the issues in the world at large to draw inspiration for their work, looking at sustainability, our changing population, education, developing societies, disabilities, the effects of a commercial society, products for public use and good old fashioned problem solving. A-level students are encouraged to think closely about the route they wish to take after school when choosing their coursework topic. Design staff will help students choose projects which will benefit their future studies, especially for students wishing to study design, fashion or engineering. Our students have progressed to study a wide range of university disciplines, including industrial design, architecture, fashion design, mechanical engineering and many more. There are annual visits to design lectures from eminent designers, annual trips to the New Designers exhibition. Also Year 12 students prepare and run our annual Art and Design Exhibition in conjunction with the Art department.
Design Technology CADCAM Resources
All design courses make use of CAD/CAM where possible, students are introduced to a full package of products as they progress through the school. TechSoft 2D design is introduced to students in year 7. In year 8 students learn how to use Google Sketch-up and as students progress into GCSE’s and A-levels they can adapt these skills to use industry standard software such as SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor, Revit, AutoCAD and 3D studio Max. Many of the projects undertaken make use of our CAM equipment including the laser cutting machine, CNC milling machines, RapMan 3d Printer and computer controlled embroidery machine.
Design Technology Student Home Learning Resources
The Design Technology Department has decided to purchase home use licences for many of the CAD programs taught in lessons. All GCSE and A-Level students studying Product Design are expected to install this software on their home computers to help further their studies. Students in Key Stage 3 are also encouraged to do so, especially if they are wishing to study Design at GCSE and above.
TechSoft 2D Design (available to borrow from the school library)
Google SketchUp (free internet download)
SolidWorks Educational Edition (available to borrow from the school library)
Design Technology Staff
Mr Dewi Matthews
– Curriculum Area Manager - Product Design, Graphics, Resistant Materials,
Systems and Control, CADCAM
BA (Hons) 3d Design (furniture specialism)
Mr David Hughes
– Product Design, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, CADCAM, ICTAC.
BSc (Hons) Industrial Product Design
B Ed (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles