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Five Acres High School

Design & Technology

Throughout KS3, students will experience a full Design Technology curriculum, rich with theory knowledge and skills application. Students will experience their own project management through the making of a practical outcome in Years 7, 8 & 9, with a focus on different materials, equipment and machinery year-on-year. Alongside the practical element of the lesson, students will cover drawing and design skills as well as how DT affects the wider world by asking students to consider the bigger questions, such as is all design sustainable, is failure of an idea important, will the rise of CAD/CAM and AI change the design industry?

At KS4, students can choose one of two courses within the subject, the Cambridge National Award in Engineering Design and the GCSE in Design Technology. Both courses have coursework and exam elements with the aim that students really cement the ideas from maths and physics into design. Students should be able to problem solve independently when it comes to running their own projects. 

Students who study DT/Engineering at KS4 can go on to undertake apprenticeships or further education placements before embarking on a range of careers including architect, graphic designer, visual merchandiser, carpenter, fashion designer and product designer.