Art, Design and Technology

Art, Design and Technology

Our Department

The Art, Design and Technology Department aims to nurture a lifelong passion for design and creativity as an activity helping students to understand and give meaning to the world we live in. This aim will develop an appreciation enabling students to communicate in a visually creative and practical way. Students are encouraged to think and act as artists, crafts people and designers, working creatively and intelligently, learning essential skills and processes within the diverse subject areas. ‘The teaching of quality design and technology in our schools is a vital requirement for the country’s future in the 21st Century.’ JAMES DYSON


Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice is a vocational or work-related qualification in which students will acquire knowledge and technical skills by studying techniques and processes related to investigating, exploring and creating art and design work. Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of media, processes and techniques all based on a work-related design brief. Relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design disciplines are incorporated into the units of work.

The units are delivered separately during Year 9 and then integrated during Year 10 and 11 allowing students to develop their own interests independently. 60% of the course is marked internally through continual assessment and verified by internal and external staff. Deadlines will be set for the completion of individual tasks and completed assignments. To accompany the studio based learning and teaching there will be visits to local and national attractions, industries and/or businesses to gain some practical experience of the skills, techniques, processes and equipment used.

COMPONENTS OF THE SPECIFICATION: Three Components = 120 guided learning hours in total. Component 1 - Internal – Generating Ideas in Art and Design Component 2 – Internal – Develop Practical Skills in Art and Design Component 3 – External – Responding to a Client Brief

FINAL EXAMINATION: Component 3 – Responding to a Client Brief, which is 40% of the qualification will be externally set and assessed. Students will receive an exam paper which will provide an overall theme and a number of design briefs. Students then have 20 hours to prepare a portfolio of work to support the creation of a final outcome in response to a design briefs. The final outcome will be produced in a formal 8 hour exam.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 – 13)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Art and Design equivalent to 1.5 A-levels. There is a combination of mandatory units and external assessment. This will help students take increased responsibility for their own development. Students are encouraged to pursue personal interests as a source of inspiration. The demands within industry mean students need to be able to manage deadlines well and communicate their ideas in different ways. The assessment methodology closely matches experiences students will have in employment and thus increases their chances of successful progression. The units provide valuable ways for students to develop highly transferable skills and to be assessed in a synoptic way. Great emphasis is placed on the process of making and planning art with a strong vocational context and provides regular opportunities for groups to discuss their work and share ideas both in class and in weekly extra support sessions. The course is 59% coursework and 41% external assessment students will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare themselves for further education and/or employment. The course consists of four mandatory units and two optional units: Mandatory units externally assessed - Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication - Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design Mandatory units internally assessed - Unit 3: The Creative Process - Unit 4: Materials, Techniques and Process in Art and Design Optional units internally assessed - Unit 12: Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes - Unit 13: 3D Design Materials, Techniques and Processes
Extra-curricular activities
As part of any art course students are encouraged to visit galleries, museums and explore the work of other artists. Students will have the opportunity to participate in gallery visits locally and nationally over the course of their studies. Students are invited to Art clubs at lunchtimes and after school to catch up with their coursework and to explore skills gained in class.

Design and Technology 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
The department offers two qualifications with Design and Technology: GCSE Design and Technology and BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering AQA GCSE Design and Technology – Students will produce an e-portfolio Controlled Assessment (worth 50%) based upon a design context set by the exam board and complete a 2 hour exam being assessed on Core technical principles, Specialist technical principles and Designing and making principles. BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering – Students will sit a compulsory external examination and produce evidence of a mandatory analysis of an engineered product. Two further components of coursework are completed investigating key aspects of CAD/CAD design, culminating in the production of an engineered component using either the 3D printer or CAM lathes.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 – 13)
The department offers A Level AQA Design and Technology Product Design and is delivered in a dedicated sixth form ‘Design Centre’ which houses computers with industry standard dedicated CAD packages. Students have to source and work with a client, throughout their course, to solve a ‘real life’ need and develop a 3D solution. Students produce an e-portfolio Controlled Assessment, which will begin in the later stages of year 12 and be completed at the end of year 13. In June, year 13 students sit an external examination.

Hospitality and Catering

Year 9 students train in front and back of house skills and develop their knowledge of the industry. Year 10 students complete a 50% controlled assessment and practical cooking exam in which they prepare cook and serve at least 2 dishes in a four hour assessment. Key cooking skills and presentation techniques allow students to achieve exceptional grades. Year 11 students complete the remaining 50% of the qualification in a written exam assessment about the Hospitality and Catering Industry. Qualification: Tech Award in Hospitality and Catering Level 1 and 2 How will I be assessed? Students will be regularly assessed through practical assessments, written examination and controlled assessment. Unit 1: Written examination on The Hospitality and Catering Industry. Unit 2: Written Controlled Assessment and Practical Examination on Hospitality and Catering in Action. The exciting pathway will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to open up job prospects in the Hospitality and Catering Industry. In the subject you are required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition, healthy eating and business management. You will have a passion for all aspects of food preparation and nutrition and an interest in business management. You will need great food preparation skills along with great communication skills and the ability to be creative with your practical skills. The subject has a variety of industrial practices suitable for students who are creative, innovative and love exploring new and exciting flavours. What skills will students develop? The Hospitality and Catering qualification available will enable you to develop many desirable skills that both employers and universities seek including communication, teamwork, leadership, time-management, problem-solving and analytical skills. You will also develop subject specific skills such as: Being able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities effectively along with working as a kitchen brigade. Being able to demonstrate the ability to silver serve foods to customers along with working effectively as a waiting brigade. Understanding the economic, environmental and socio-economical influences on the Hospitality and Catering Industry.

Who are we?

Head of  Art: Mrs C Jack

Teacher of Product Design and Engineering

 Mr B Jones and Mr R Januszewski

Lead Teacher of Food

 Mrs S Wray