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Curriculum

Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.”

Design and Technology Association

Overview

Design and Technology at Watford Grammar School for Girls provides pupils with opportunities to work creatively when designing and making, using a variety of materials and technologies. Pupils will apply their technical and practical expertise to create products that solve real and relevant problems. 

Pupils will explore the needs and demands of different user groups by using an iterative approach to design and make challenges that cover a range of different contexts. 

Pupils will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens and consider the own and other’s needs, wants and values. 

Pupils will develop a critical understanding of the impact of D&T on daily life and the wider world. Pupils will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on D&T including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. 

D&T provides excellent opportunities for pupils to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.

KS3 (Years 7 – 9)

In key stage 3 Design and Technology, pupils will complete project work that focuses on different areas of the D&T curriculum. Pupils are taught how to develop and refine their research, analytical, designing, evaluation and making skills. Pupils have the opportunity to manufacture their design ideas using workshop tools and machinery, and CADCAM software and equipment. 

In Year 7, pupils study D&T for the whole year and are introduced to practical work in the workshop and CADCAM lessons in the ICT rooms. Projects will include brand identity and merchandising, group work, the use of technical textiles and creating and updating an e-portfolio.     

In Year 8 and 9, pupils are taught D&T for half the year as part of a carousel with Computer Science. In Year 8, pupils will complete two projects, which include programming and manufacturing a minicomputer gadget, and a theme park-based project to prepare pupils for a STEM-focused trip to Thorpe Park.

In Year 9, pupils complete two projects focusing on creating products influenced by famous designers and careers in D&T, and a 3D printed and metal cast jewellery project. 

Food Technology and Textiles Technology are no longer taught as part of the D&T curriculum.

KS4 (Years 10 – 11)

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. 

The GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

In Year 10, students will develop their design and practical skills by completing mini projects using new materials, electronic systems, mechanical devices and cultural influences.

Proposed trips in Year 10 include a visit to the Design Museum, the Coke Cola factory tour and the Making of Harry Potter Studio tour.

In Year 11, students will complete one project throughout the year. Project work will include a prototype and portfolio, which must take no more than 30 to 35 hours to complete.

KS5 (Years 12 and 13)

Students have the opportunity to continue studying Design and Technology at AS and A2 Level. Since 2011 Edexcel Product Design has been offered at our partner school Watford Boys Grammar School. Prior to this date students studied Edexcel Product Design and AQA Product Design (3D) at WGGS.

Students can choose to study D&T: Fashion and Textiles and D&T: Systems and Control Technology at college.

Further Education and Careers

Degrees (Bachelors and Masters) include Architecture, Costume Design, Digital Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Special Effects. 

Career opportunities include design fields such as Automotive Design, Furniture Design, Jewellery Design, Medical Design, Robotics, Set Design and Web Design.

Extended Curricular Opportunities

The department offers a range of extended curricular activities throughout the year including a lunch-time club, a competition club and afterschool master classes, which focus on developing a wider knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes and techniques.

Pupils have the opportunity to enter a variety of national and international competitions including the Alu D&T Challenge, Design Ventura and the Starpack Student Awards. In the past our pupils have been very successful and have won a number of prizes and awards.

Student Testimonies

“I really love D&T because it is a subject where people can explore their creative side”.

“Although I’m really scared of fret saws, I really love D&T because it makes me challenge myself”.

“You can learn about how to create something with your own hands and become confident in your daily life”.

“#Love creating and making”.