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Design and Technology

Mrs Bennett

Welcome to the Design and Technology Department at New College Leicester.

The Design and Technology Department is part of the Expressive Arts Faculty and contributes to a very diverse, interesting and exciting curriculum. The Design and Technology Department offers students a wide variety of experiences and activities with specialist facilities. These include a recently refurbished food room, fully equipped workshop, textiles work room and technology classroom with CAD/CAM facilities. The students also have access to a state of the art Mac suite.

Key Stage 3

The teaching of Design and Technology at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) sees the students gaining vital skills in all aspects of Design and Technology. Each year students rotate around all three Design and Technology subject areas which include resistant materials, food and textiles spending one term in each. During this time, students design and make a number of different products including mood lights, CAD CAM cushions and many different food products.

During practical lessons students are taught a wide range of both traditional craft skills and use of specialist equipment and machinery. As well as practical lessons students will take part in theory lessons giving them the opportunity to develop their knowledge of materials and design processes.

Year 7 Year 8
Basic skills Intermediate skills in food
1 Star Chef Award 2 Star Chef Award
Cushion Storage tidy
Mood light Trinket box
Pewter casting Mood light advanced


Key Stage 4

The teaching of Design and Technology at Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) covers four main subjects: AQA GCSE Resistant Materials (Syllabus Number 4560), AQA GCSE Food Technology (Syllabus Number 4545), AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (Syllabus Number 8585), AQA GCSE Product Design (Syllabus Number 4555) and AQA GCSE Textiles Technology (Syllabus Number 4570). Students will use all the skills they have gained during Key Stage 3 to produce a theory portfolio and practical piece. They are encouraged to design products for the real world and explore how products are made in industry whether it be in an industrial kitchen or the world of auto manufacturing. Their research and development tasks are backed up by educational visits to the Clothes Show Live, Birmingham and FESTO Research, Northampton, giving students first-hand experience of the real world of Design and Technology.

We believe that the Design and Technology Department enables students to become equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the rapidly changing world of Design and Technology in the future.

Thank you,

Mrs L Bennett – Head of Design and Technology

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