The Department's philosophy is to provide an exciting design and manufacture technological experience for all pupils. We aim to challenge pupils' creativity and problem-solving through a wide variety of projects which encourage the ability to think independently and practically, using a range of different materials. Design and Technology is a dynamic subject that is keeping pace with the ever-changing technology used in Industry. It prepares pupils for life in a wide range of disciplines including Engineering, Architecture, Product Design and the Creative Arts.
The nature of Design is to create and to critically analyse existing designs; Design and Technology at Kingswood focuses on these core elements within each project. The department is housed in a bright well-resourced teaching block with two fully equipped workshops and a design studio with IT facilities. The flourishing jewellery facility is very popular and our pupils produce some beautiful pieces.
You can download a copy of our Made in Kingswood Made in Kingwood Exhibition Catalogue.
In Years 7 and 8 pupils cover a range of projects, building up their designing ability and practical manufacturing skills from scratch. These include a steel and copper wind chime, a mood lamp, a pewter pendant and a spinning top. Pupils are introduced to the safe use of traditional tools, equipment and some CAD/CAM machinery, and they gain an understanding of the properties of the materials used.
Year 9 students develop new skills in jewellery and new printing technologies. Their work will also develop stronger use of the design folio and this will prepare them for entry into academic Design and Technology. Both the Roundabout and the Core options in Year 9 cover material which prepares pupils for Design at GCSE.
The academic aspect of Design and Technology is split into three elements: creative output through written and drawn folio work, a practical 3D manufactured product and a written examination. All classes are encouraged to think freely and to be as creative as possible with their design brief.
At GCSE we study Resistant Materials Design and Technology. This allows for tremendous flexibility within projects by being able to utilise any material for their project, including textiles. The coursework is 60% and the written examination is 40% of the course.
At A level, pupils study Product Design which, again, allows students to choose their own project which is 50% of the course at AS and 25% at A2. The written examination (50% at AS and 25% at A2) draws on core knowledge from GCSE, but students who take up the subject at AS level are also able to access the highest grades, provided that they have plenty of interest and determination!
We offer many extra-curricular activities; these include: Jewellery, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Eco-schools, and opportunities to make and design individual ideas in open workshop sessions. Many Kingswood pupils have gained prestigious Arkwright Scholarship awards, awarded to those aiming to study engineering.
You can view the details of our A level course in the Sixth Form Academic Programme 2018-2020.
You can view details of our GCSE course in the Kingswood GCSE courses 2016-2017 curriculum booklet.