Technology

This is an exciting and dynamic area of the curriculum, incorporating Engineering, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Graphical Communication, Materials & Manufacturing and Product Design.  

Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Using creativity and imagination, students design and make a range of products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values.  They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science and engineering.  Students learn how to be creative, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising.  Though the evaluation of past and present technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact and are inspired to design and manufacture innovative solutions.  

The Design & Technology areas are busy, vibrant and popular areas of the school.  Continuing investment has resulted in modern workshops equipped with the latest machinery for design and manufacture.  In addition to graphical and practical skills, students are encouraged to embrace CAD-CAM, including laser technology and 3D Printing. 

The Food Preparation & Nutrition classrooms offer excellent facilities, including state of the art cooking and catering equipment in two dedicated food preparation areas.  Both Food and Design & Technology areas benefit from a full-time dedicated technician to support teaching and learning. 

Students develop a range of skills to enable them to design and make high quality products.  They are encouraged to strive for excellence and are free to be experimental in order to unleash their creative potential. 

Student projects, including supporting folder work and finished products, are of the highest standard.  Research, design/development and critical evaluation are the bedrock of a department which has produced consistently high examination results at GCSE. 

We are constantly updating what we teach, keeping pace with the latest developments in emerging technological materials processes, so schemes of work are regularly reviewed to encompass new technologies.  We aim to teach students to be imaginative and adaptable, to make significant progress in their achievements, and to use technology appropriately and safely.  This involves developing new products, and activities include both designing and making.  Students at BHBS work with a variety of materials, developing a wide range of practical skills, but they are expected to take environmental factors into consideration at all times. 

All students study Design and Technology up to year 9, they are then offered the following courses.  Students can take only one Design and Technology course, but they may combine this with a Food based course as well.  

GCSE: Food Preparation & Nutrition   Level 1/2 Hospitality & Catering
GCSE: Design & Technology Product Design Focus GCSE: Design & Technology Materials & Manufacturing Focus GCSE: Design & Technology Graphical Communication Focus

Opportunities in the future include:

  • A level Product Design or Physics, Engineering Apprenticeships, Automotive Engineering, the building, plumbing and electrical trades, or ultimately to a University Degree in Engineering or Product Design.
  • AS Level & A Level in Food; Degrees at University in Food Technology with Food and Nutrition.  Food Marketing & Management, Nutrition & Dietetics, Food Science & Technology, Food Science & Manufacturing Technology, Food Technology & Business, Food & Consumer Studies etc. Many careers make use of food qualifications. 
  • The graphical design industry offers many opportunities at a professional and technician level, students can view Graphic Products as an appropriate starting point for a career in: Industrial & Product design, Web based design, Graphic design, Theatrical design, Architecture, Illustrator and Packaging designer. 

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 3 - Five courses
All students in Years 7-9 study Technology.  The subject is all about learning to design and make, using a range of equipment and technological activities.  In Years 7, 8 and 9 students visit five focus areas, which include food, construction in wood, engineering, electronics: systems & control and graphical communication.  In these areas' students are taught how to design and make a variety of products using a range of materials and equipment. 

Currently, Years 7, 8 & 9 students have 2 hours of technology per week. 

Students will be working busily within their lessons, learning about materials and the safe use of equipment.  They will also be taught to come up with their own design ideas and to produce finished products.  

What do you need to be 'good' at Design and Technology?

Successful students will be alert and interested in their surroundings - looking at the design of items and being curious about what they are made from, and how they are made.  They need to be good at listening to instructions and working to a time limit.  They also need to be able to work positively and to be proud of the things that they produce.  

At Key Stage 4:

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition

This qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills and gives them a strong understanding of nutrition.  The subject will contain two non-exam assessments (NEA) tasks worth 50% and a final 1hour 45minutes examination worth the remaining 50%, which will test knowledge and understanding. 

NEA Tasks:

  • Task 1 - Food Investigation (15% of GCSE)
    Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.  Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this task. 
  • Task 2 - Food Preparation (35% of GCSE)
    Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.  Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes.  

AQA Design & Technology: Graphical Communication, Materials & Manufacturing and Product Design

The subject will contain a non-exam assessment NEA task which includes a design folio and manufactured practical element(s). This is worth 50% of the final mark with a 2 hour examination worth the remaining 50%.  The examination will test students' subject knowledge and understanding.  A vast range of theoretical and design & make tasks are carried out through most of Year 10.  Each element aims to develop students' understanding of the core and specialist subject content, preparing them for the non-exam assessment (NEA) and exam. 

Topics include:

  • Designing and making activities.
  • 2D and 3D drawing and computer aided drawings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of material properties and their uses.
  • Knowledge of modern manufacturing methods, finishes and industrial considerations.
  • Environmental, social, cultural and ethical considerations. 

The remaining time in Year 10 is devoted to starting students' NEA task which is continued throughout Year 11.  Further thorough exam preparation is carried out prior to the exam. 

All students receive 5 lessons per fortnight in each Technology option.