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Design Technology

Overview

Design Technology at Upper Batley High School is an exciting subject that involves the design and manufacture of a range of products. Learners will use their creativity and imagination to design and make a range of products using various techniques and various materials such as wood, metal or plastic. These products will be designed to solve specific problems identified through rigorous investigation work.

Outline of Course Content

Year 7 topics include:

In year 7, learners develop their research, design, planning, making and evaluating skills. These skills are developed through a range of design and make projects which include a Novelty coat hook in Product Design, a pocket torch in Graphic Design and a range of healthy snacks suitable for a picnic in Cooking and Nutrition.

Year 8 topics include:

In year 8, learners continue to develop the various skills learnt in Year 7. The skills are again developed through a range of design and make projects which include an Automaton in Product Design, a Steady hand game in Graphic Design and a range of foods from around the world in Cooking and Nutrition. 

Year 9 topics include:

In Year 9, learners develop theory knowledge through design and make projects which include an MP3 amplifier and a Design Movement themed Clock. Learners also build on skills they have developed through Year 7 and 8 to become more independent in the way they work and in the outcomes they produce. 

Year 10 & 11 topics include:

AQA GCSE Design & Technology places an emphasis on understanding and applying the iterative design process. Learners will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

This course is 50% internally assessed and 50% externally assessed and learners can achieve grades 9-1. 

Extracurricular and Enrichment Opportunities

The Design Technology Department is well equipped with 2 workshops, a graphic design room, cooking and nutrition room and CAD/CAM area with equipment including a laser cutter and 3D printer. These areas are open most breaks and lunch times as well as after school on most evenings for learners to come and work on any of their projects.

We take part in the annual Rotary Club Technology Tournament, in which learners are given a problem and have to design and build a solution within a limited time scale.