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Design Technology


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

Pathway 1
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.

Pathway 2
AQA Level1/2 Technical Award in Materials Technology gives learners the opportunity to develop skills in making high-quality products using woods, metal and plastics.

Learners will be expected to make a range of products, prototypes and samples, applying technical and practical expertise to ensure that the product is fit for purpose.

This course is 60% internally assessed and 40% externally assessed. Learners can achieve Credit and Advanced Credit at Level 1 and Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* at Level 2.

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.

We also have other trips in the planning that we hope to be running over the next year or two.