Technology – It’s all about Thinkin’ and Doin’
Mr. Cathal Rice – Head of Department
“Over the years Technology & Design has been held in high esteem by both pupils and parents from the area. This is mainly due to the practical content and vocational element of the subject. While there have been many changes within Technology & Design over recent years, we recognize the emphasis of the practical element which both stimulates and challenges all of our pupils from the less able to the higher ability pupils.
It is our view that Technology & Design should develop capability within pupils providing them with the opportunity to become more aware how and why things are made and how they work. The subject will also provide opportunities for pupils to think, reason, plan, execute and evaluate. Against a practical background they will utilize knowledge, skills and understanding in investigation and problem solving activities.”
Key Stage 3
Pupils learn and undertake activities that contribute to the achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people: to become successful learners who enjoy learning, making progress and achieve; confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives; responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils experience all areas of the Design and Technology Department through a carousel system. Full terms are spent in each of the four main material areas: Tools in Technology; Resistant Materials; Graphics with CAD/CAM and Electronics & Control. Although the emphasis of the course is on practical work, the underpinning theory is also examined.
Key Stage 4
We offer a 2-year CCEA GCSE course in Technology & Design.
Technology and Design allows you to learn about Systems and Control or Product Design. It also provides a good foundation if you would like to study technology and design related subjects at a more advanced level.
It’s fun to design and make:
• You get to create your own product or system;
• You get to work with tools and machines;
• You get to use graphics, and other methods, to communicate your design ideas;
• You get to make links between products and the impact they have on daily life;
• You get to develop your decision making skills; and
• You gain insight into related sectors such as manufacturing & engineering and the career paths they have to offer.
Unit 1: Technology and Design Core: In this unit you will learn about:
• Mechanical control systems;
• Computer control systems; and
• Pneumatic systems and control.
Unit 2: Systems and Control:
You will study electronic and microelectronic control systems
Unit 4: Design Assignment:
This unit enables you to demonstrate your capability to design a product under controlled conditions.
Unit 5: Design Project:
This unit enables you to demonstrate your ability to design and manufacture a product in a Systems Design and Manufacturing element under controlled conditions.