Design can be defined as “to conceive of a mental plan” for something. Therefore, like all kinds of planning, design consists of gathering information, and processing that information to form a strategy to alter a situation in some way.
Science tells us how things are; technology looks at how things might be. Technology relies on the laws and properties of nature to create new products and systems, while providing the means for the development of new materials and processes.
Design Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life. The subject calls for students to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas for products and systems. They combine practical skills with understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
We offer two course options at IGCSE level. Students are not allowed to select both Design and Technology options.
• Graphic Products focuses on design and graphical communication skills; hand drawn and computer aided. This is an excellent introduction for students with an interest in design areas such as packaging, interior design, product design, graphic design, fashion, etc.
• The Resistant Materials course would suit students who are more practically minded. The course combines science, materials and manufacturing technologies into a series of workshop-based practical projects. Computer aided design and computer aided manufacture will feature in a number of projects.
• Both course focus on the use of the design cycle, health and safety, communicating ideas with others, Design and Technology in Society, aesthetics, anthropometrics, ergonomics, materials, energy and control systems.
Students will develop the range of graphical drawing techniques and CAD (Computer Aided Design) skills taught in Years 7, 8 and 9.
Assessment methods are the same for each course:
• 25% is tested by written/graphic examination
• 25% through a design drawing examination
• 50% of the grade is attainable through one coursework component, which is carried out in the first two terms of the second year.
It is important for students to note that most of the second year of the course is coursework. It requires students to use their initiative, manage their time effectively and work independently, often at home.