This exciting course allows students to continue building upon and developing the knowledge learnt at KS3 in Design & Technology, as well as giving them the opportunity to focus in greater depth on at least one material area.
The course aims to allow students the opportunity to be creative and innovative whilst having an increased awareness and understanding of real-life experiences in design, development and manufacturing industries. It also helps them to understand the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing a project. Students will learn about important issues that affect design in the wider world such as sustainability, global issues and user-centred design. In addition to which, they will reinforce their basic knowledge of a range of materials and components, including papers and boards, timber, metals, polymers (plastics) and textile fibres and fabrics, and also smart materials that respond to change in light, temperature or pressure, all of which can be used to create products.