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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning

Courses Offered

The Team

Mrs L Marshall (Head of Department – Food and Textiles), Mr R Winter (Head of Department – Design and Technology), Mrs P Adya, Miss R Jeffreys, Mrs S Mires, Mr W Thomas, Miss R Woffinden.

Key Stage 3 

As students progress through Key Stage 3 they all experience a wide range of Design and Technology activities, designing and making several products.  Practical and design projects are undertaken in Food, Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Systems and Control.

During the Spring Term students in Year 8 can choose a Design and Technology subject to study for Key Stage 4 from the list below.

Key Stage 4

Students can study either Design and Technology (via five different routes) or Food (via 2 routes.)

The majority of students opt to take one of these courses as their three year option choice.

The five main Design and technology routes are:

  • Electronics and Systems
  • Engineering and Design
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles and Fashion
  • Graphic Product Design.

The two Food routes are:

  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Level 1 or 2 Hospitality and Catering.

In addition, a Level 1 / 2 Foundation Certificate in Engineering Technology option is available for students not wishing to take the traditional three year GCSE option.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 Students can opt to take A Level Design and Technology – Product Design for a 2 year full A Level.  This allows students to continue to develop their design and making skills at an advanced level in whatever material specialism they prefer.

Further information on this course is available in the College Sixth Form Prospectus.

Curriculum Information