Project based learning inspires a broad range of skills in a number of areas of the Design Technology curriculum. Guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum for Technology, where-by students learn and develop a range of skills which include: designing, making, manual dexterity, analysing, problem solving, creative thinking and evaluating. Students learn transferable skills in a variety of mediums within the curriculum. They also acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. The development of all these skills allow students participate successfully in an increasingly technical world. The aims of the Key Stage Three curriculum allow for designing and making of high quality prototypes and products, while these are also evaluated through testing individual ideas and also the ideas of others.
A methodical approach to learning allows for knowledge to be developed through active learning marrying the theoretical and practical elements to Design Technology. Students will be armed with the skills to access different strategies and makes, allowing for a variety of products to be designed and produced. These skills should be developed across different aspects of the subject, whether that be resistant materials, food or textiles. Students will work in a range of domestic and local contexts, and industrial contexts. Key Stage Three will teach fundamentals of design which will ultimately allow students to thrive in their approach to this creative subject.
At Key Stage Four students aim to consolidate their skills and develop their knowledge across the areas of technology undertaken. Following the EDUQAS GCSE in Design Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition students will consider the aspects of designing, making and producing in order to show their understanding and attainment. Students identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems. Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, students will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors.
A GCSE course in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.