Aims

The Technology & Design Department is situated on the ground floor of the main school building where we currently have two large workshops, a planning room and a systems room which is resourced with a suite of computers or use within the department.

Staff

Mr L Berry (HOD)

Mr K McMullan

KS3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is broadly based on helping pupils to acquire basic technological knowledge about materials, processes and systems through thematic units which incorporate a range of 3D design and make tasks.

At Key Stage 3, our current projects are;

 

Year 8
Key Fob Graphics & Rendering CD/Games Holder
Year 9
Christmas Decoration Isometric Drawing Wooden Truck
Year 10
Mechanical Toy Orthographic Drawing Child’s Nightlight

KS4

At GCSE Level, we offer a range of courses to accommodate various paths of progression.

 

GCSE Technology & Design (Product Design) CCEA

This course is aimed at pupils who enjoy design and make tasks and who have a flair for creative thinking. All pupils studying this course are expected to complete two 1 hour exams and two controlled assessment tasks.

 In Year 11, pupils complete unit 4 where they must complete a design portfolio based on a theme set by CCEA which encourages design thinking and creativity. The product designed is not manufactured but rather, this task assesses the pupil’s ability to design creatively. This unit is worth 20% of the final grade for this course.

In June of Year 11 pupils also complete unit 1, which is assessed through a 1 hour exam on Technology & Design Core Theory. This unit is worth 20% of the final grade for this course.

In Year 12, pupils complete unit 5 where they complete a full design portfolio and then manufacture the product which the have designed. This unit is worth 40% of the final grade for this course.

In June of Year 12, pupils also complete unit 3, which is assessed through a 1 hour exam on Technology & Design Core Theory. This unit is worth 20% of the final grade for this course.

For further information see; http://www.ccea.org.uk/technology/

 

GCSE Construction & The Built Environment (CCEA)

This course is aimed at pupils who enjoy manufacturing and computer work but who are less inclined towards ‘design’ work.

This subject is again split into units;

Unit 1 is Construction for the 21st Century and is examined through a 1hr 30min exam which is done in January of Year 12. In this unit, pupils will learn about; the built environment; employment in the construction industry; economic resource considerations;  health and safety; construction technology; and  sustainable development. This unit is worth 40% of the final mark for this course.

Unit 2 is the Construction Craft Project in which pupils manufacture a product from plans which have been provided by CCEA. The emphasis in this unit is on accuracy and quality of manufacture and finish and all pupils complete the same task. A short project portfolio is also completed to accompany the final manufactured product. This unit is worth 30% of the final mark for this course

Unit 3 is Computer Aided Design in Construction. In this unit, pupils complete a series of CAD drawings of a building which has been specified by CCEA. Usually there is a small design element to unit where pupils are expected to add certain details such as an extension, kitchen layout or upstairs plan to accompany the original design. This unit is worth 30% of the final mark for this course.

For further information see; http://www.ccea.org.uk/construction/

 

 

Occupational Studies

At Key Stage 4, we also offer other Occupational Studies courses such as Carpentry and Joinery, Bench Joinery, Tiling and Painting & Decorating within the Technology & Design Department.

Post 16

At Post 16 level, we offer BTEC qualification in Construction & The Built Environment which is facilitated by NRC Coleraine.

 


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