Balcarras

Design and Technology

Welcome to Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Balcarras has something for everyone! Pupils gain skills and knowledge in a wide range of material areas including product design, food and nutrition and textiles. Our exciting projects develop pupils' independence, problem solving skills and allow them to make mistakes and learn from these. Design and Technology is the ultimate subject to apply knowledge from a range of other subjects including art, maths, geography, and business. Through D&T, these subjects can be brought to life in products that solve real world problems.

Design and Technology allows pupils to develop skills that employers want such as teamwork, problem solving and creativity. There are a huge range of careers linked to D&T – everything from interior design, graphic design, food science and fashion.

Design and Technology is a very popular subject at Balcarras School, and we pride ourselves in allowing our students to innovate, experiment and take risks in their design work. D&T at Balcarras is modern and forward-thinking and pupils thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the subject

The Department

The Design and Technology department comprises six teachers, supported by three technicians. The department occupies a suite of seven specialist rooms.

The department is highly successful at all key stages, and makes a significant contribution to the overall success of the school. This includes a strong record in external examinations at both GCSE and Advanced Level. Standards are excellent as the result of a well-structured curriculum that is well taught. The Design & Technology department enjoys the respect of the school and is well supported by parents and governors.

There is excellent access to ICT across the department and CADCAM is embedded within the KS3 and KS4 curriculum. We currently have seven 3D printers in the department as well as a CNC Router and Laser Cutter. ICT is an established element of GCSE courses and specialised software is used to develop design proposals and model practical solutions (CorelDraw, Crumble and SpaceClaim). The department uses e-portfolios in product design and textiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum map Key Stage 3

 Curriculum map Product Design

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Unit 1

Desk Organiser

Unit 2

Design Skills

Unit 3

Personalised Key Holder

Mock NEA Project

Non Exam Assessment

Year 11

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

Year 12

Unit 1

Emergency Shelters

Unit 2

Bauhaus Desk Tidy

Unit 3

Mock NEA Project

Unit 3

Mock NEA Project

Unit 3

Mock NEA Project

Non Exam Assessment

Year 13

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

Curriculum map Textiles

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Unit 1

Technique and skill development

Unit 2

Designing and Designers

Mock NEA Project

Non Exam Assessment

Year 11

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

Art Textiles A Level

Year 12

Unit 1

Structure

Mock NEA Project

Non Exam Assessment

Non Exam Assessment

 

Year 13

Personal Investigation

Personal Investigation

 

Exam Preparation

Practical Assessment

 Curriculum map Food preparation and nutrition

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Food commodities

Fruit and vegetables

Food commodities

Fats, oils and sugars

 

Food commodities

Cereals

 

Food commodities

Meat, fish and seeds, nuts and pulses

Food commodities

Eggs, Trial examination

Food commodities

Milk, cheese  and cream

 

Year 11

Food science

Non Exam Assessment 1

Non Exam Assessment 1/ 2

Trial examinations

Non Exam Assessment 2

Non Exam Assessment 2

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

 

Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition

Year 12

Unit 1

Meeting the nutritional needs of groups

Unit 1

Meeting the nutritional needs of groups

Unit 1

Meeting the nutritional needs of groups

Unit 1

Meeting the nutritional needs of groups

Exam preparation

Introduction to year 13 course

Year 13

Unit 3

Food production problems

Unit 3

Food production problems

Unit 2

Ensuring Food is safe

Unit2

Ensuring Food is safe

 

Unit2

Ensuring Food is safe

8 hours assessment

Study leave

Key Stage 3
 

A structured KS3 course ensures that all students experience the full range of design and technological activity. An induction course in year seven is followed by more in-depth activities where students are expected to work with a wide range of materials and components, including electronics. The department regularly monitors all aspects of the KS3 curriculum to ensure consistency of approach and delivery, and progress is tracked through a comprehensive recording system. The department works closely with feeder primaries.

GCSE 

At Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to follow Design and Technology courses to examination level, and we currently offer GCSE Design and Technology (product design and textiles specialisms), both AQA, and  EDUQAS Food Preparation and Nutrition. Students are supported extensively throughout their courses with a broad range of VLE resources and after school sessions.

A level 

Post-16, the department offers advanced level courses in D&T: Product Design (AQA) and Art and Design (Textiles) (AQA). We also offer Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition (WJEC). These courses lead onto a range of future study and career options as listed below:

Students go on to study a wide range of subjects after completing an A Level in Product Design including:

  • Product Design
  • Design Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Furniture Design
  • Graphic Design 
  • and many more...

Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition can help students pursue careers in:

  • Food Marketing and Advertising
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Product Development
  • Sport Science
  • As well as various healthcare settings..

Art Textiles future careers include:

  • Costume Design
  • Interior Design
  • Fabric Print Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Marketing

The department has strong links with local industry, and designers and engineers regularly visit the department to talk to students. Students are encouraged to take part in a range of extra curricular activities some of which are listed below

  • The Arkwright Scholarship Scheme
  • Kohler Mira STEM Events
  • Gloucestershire Rotary Technology Competition
  • Secondary Leaders Award

Jennifer Swanepoel
Head of Design & Technology