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Contacting the Team

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Art and Technology department by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address.

We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.

By telephone:      0121-464 2737 (main school switchboard)
By email:              enquiry@harborneacademy.co.uk

WHY STUDY PRODUCT DESIGN?

Design and technology gives young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology.  They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them.

Our Design and Technology curriculum focuses on developing practical skills within key material areas, allowing pupils to learn about industry standards and manufactured products with high quality outcomes. Pupils learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication. Pupils get to grips with using current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.

Pupils will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs.

Pupils will study the following key areas:

Core Technical Principles
Specialist Technical Principles
Design and making Principles

Assessment:

Internal assessments take place on an ongoing basis.

KS4 Exam: WJEC CBAC

Enrichment Offer:

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support:

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology/design-and-technology-gcse/

http://www.technologystudent.com/

https://www.data.org.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvg4d2p

Past Exam Papers:

D&T Past Paper May 2016

D&T Past Paper May 2017

D&T Past Paper May 2018

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