Design Technology

Welcome to Design Technology

Design Technology at Outwood Academy Valley comprises of the following subjects: Resistant Materials, Textiles, Graphics, Product Design, Construction and Food. The subjects all involve an exciting mix of practical and theory work at all key stages.

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Key Stage 3

Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles at Key Stage 3 are all studied for 10 weeks each in years 7 and 8. This provides students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to access the qualifications on offer at Key Stage 4. The subjects involve the development of a range of practical skills that are supplemented with an in depth knowledge of design and technology principles.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: John Downing (Head of Technology) j.downing@valley.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

BTEC 1st Award in Construction and The Built Environment

The students will cover Plumbing, Joinery, Electrical, Building Design and Construction Technology.

The BTEC 1st Award in Construction and the Built Environment is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: John Downing (Head of Technology) j.downing@valley.outwood.com

WJEC level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering

Students apply their learning to safely prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes. They will draw on their learning of different types of provision and kitchen and front of house operations in Unit 1, as well as personal safety in their preparations.

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Sue Kelly (Technology) s.kelly@valley.outwood.com

AQA Technical Award in Materials Technology

This is a fantastic course if you like making things out of wood, metals and plastics. You will learn lots of different practical skills and it is well suited to students who want to develop their making skills, as well as planning, developing, testing and developing their ideas.

The AQA Technical Award in Materials Technology is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Paul Sims (Technology) p.sims@valley.outwood.com

AQA Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles

This is a fantastic course if you like making items out of fabrics and other materials. Your projects will utilise a range of Textiles based skills. You will learn lots of different practical skills and is well suited to students who want to develop their making skills, as well as planning, developing, testing and developing their ideas.

The AQA Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Bev Ryan (Technology) b.ryan@valley.outwood.com

AQA Technical Award in Visual Communications

This is a fantastic course if you like making products out of paper and card. Your projects will utilise a range of digital software packages. You will learn lots of different practical skills and is well suited to students who want to develop their making skills, as well as planning, developing, testing and developing their ideas

The AQA Technical Award in Visual Communications is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Kerry Smith (Technology) k.smith@valley.outwood.com

Key Stage 5

OCR AS and A2 Product Design

AS is a product study with the focus on improving an identified design weakness. A2 is a design, make and evaluate project involving a wide range of materials.

OCR Product Design is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Paul Sims (Technology) p.sims@valley.outwood.com

AQA AS and A2 Product Design (Textiles)

These qualifications involve the study of fabrics, textiles and fashion in a practical and theoretical way.

AQA Product Design (Textiles) is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Bev Ryan (Technology) b.ryan@valley.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities for Design Technology

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.