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Uxbridge High School

Design and Technology

The Design Technology curriculum area is staffed by six members of teaching staff and supported by two technicians, all of whom have a range of expertise and a shared enthusiasm for the subject.  Within Design Technology students are taught to follow the design process and are encouraged to design imaginative and creative, individualised products.

key stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students will study all aspects of Design Technology – this includes Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Products, Computer Aided Design, Food Technology and Textiles.   Students will design and produce a range of products as they develop their designing and manufacturing skills using a range of techniques.  They will also get the opportunity to design and produce products using the CAD/CAM facilities within the curriculum area, which consist of laser cutting and 3D printing software and machinery.

key stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to choose which area of the GCSE Design Technology qualification they wish to specialise their Non Examined Assessment in and will focus their studies over year 10 & 11.  Other qualifications we offer that are equivalent to our GCSEs are the VCERT in Engineering and a Technical Award in Materials Technology. The projects at this level are designed to challenge and engage the students.  It is during these courses that students become independent project managers taking products from concept to reality.

Exam Board GCSE - AQA

Coursework - 50%

Exam - 50%

Tech Award Materials Technology - AQA

Practical skills + coursework - 60%

Exam - 40%

Exam Board BTEC - VCERT in Engineering

Coursework - 75%

Exam - 25%

key stage 5

At Key Stage 5 students can study for an A Level in Product Design.   The courses allow students to explore further the world of Product design.  The projects give them the opportunity to build a secure knowledge with material and design properties through industrial style processes and manufacturing techniques.

Exam Board AS and A2 Levels - AQA

Coursework - 50%

Exam - 50%

extra curricular

Extra-curricular activities include the opportunity to participate in both local and national competitions, workshops, guest lectures held by outside companies and educational organisations (e.g. STEMNET and Brunel University) and visits to design focused museums.  There is also the opportunity to attend after school clubs in different areas of the curriculum area, e.g. STEM club and Food Technology club.