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Design and Technology

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, 8 and 9) 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 desk tidy, 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.

The Design Technology students in year 9, complete the Sliver Award, in the Arts Award qualifications. This Award allows students to explore all accepts of Design and Research the world of design around them. Students carry out research and design tasks in all areas of design and technology such as Food, Textiles, Product Design and Engineering. Their completed portfolios are then showcased in the end of year exhibition of success.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Basic cookery skills Intermediate cookery skills Silver Arts Award
Street art cushion Education toy
Desk tidy Super dog

Key Stage 4

The teaching of Design and Technology at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) covers four main subjects:
WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering (Syllabus Number 601/7703/2) WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering (Syllabus Number 600/8645/2), OCR Art and Design/Textiles (Syllabus Number J164) and Edexel GCSE Design Technology (Syllabus Number 1DT0).

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, BBC good food show, Birmingham and Lestercast LTD, Leicester 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.


STEM – Science Technology Engineering Maths

New College Leicester have an enthusiastic STEM team who develop and run a variety of challenging fun activities as part of the school curriculum.

Thank you,

Miss L Roe – Head of Design and Technology

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