Design Technology

DesignTechnology is an inspiring and practical subject. Pupils studying the subject acquire a broad subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising, independent and capable individuals. They evaluate past and present design and technology, developing a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Design Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Throughout the year there are Lower School DT competitions and the Caterham 7 Car Club.

Lower School

On entering the Design Technology department, pupils will enjoy a well-equipped and very creative environment. Throughout Years 7 and 8 all pupils have a weekly double lesson where they complete a full range of carefully selected projects which introduce new techniques, materials and processes. 

Middle School and GCSE

During Year 9 pupils continue to experience a wide range of projects, offering a real challenge to all levels of ability and providing many of the foundation skills for those pupils who continue to study the subject at GCSE. A large number of the year group decide to study Design Technology at GCSE level when pupils initially complete a range of short task projects. All pupils soon learn to appreciate the advantages of time management and independent thinking whilst experiencing a considerable range of tools, materials, processes and problem solving in the Design Studio, Workshop and ICT environments. The GCSE consists of 60% coursework and 40% final exam. The Design Technology department enjoys considerable success at GCSE where our average grade is often Grade A, and a number of pupils obtain an engineering scholarship from the Arkwright Foundation.

Sixth Form and A level

A level Design Technology appeals to an increasing number of students. The OCR Product Design course develops skills essential in other related disciplines and fields of study, from all aspects of design, to Architecture and Engineering, and even Medicine.

Both AS and A2 consist of 60% coursework and 40% final exam. The department enjoys much success at this level, retaining grade A as the average mark.

The new Design Technology A Level course will start being taught in September 2017.