Design & Technology
Mrs C Cox BA (Hons)
Head of Design & Technology
Design & Technology at Colfe’s prepares pupils to take part in a rapidly changing world; learning to think creatively, become problem solvers and innovators and design products to fulfill needs and wants not yet realised.
Pupils will explore the use of materials, new and traditional, using them in different and exciting ways. Pupils also learn practical manufacturing skills with an understanding of how to apply form, shape, aesthetics and ergonomics to create a functioning product or prototype with consideration for the environment. Teachers in the Design & Technology department are passionate about the subject and believe that it makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture and wealth of society.
Pupils in Year 7–9 design and make products that solve real-world problems within a variety of contexts. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks and how to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
GCSE Design & Technology prepares pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. They gain awareness and learn from wider influences including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. The course allows pupils to study core technical, design and making principles including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment; with the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.
GCSE course details:
A-level Design & Technology is a creative and thought-provoking course which gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in several careers, especially those in the engineering and creative industries. Subject content is split into three key sections with opportunities to integrate mathematics and science skills. With imaginative problem solving at the heart, students develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. They also explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts.
A-level course details: