Huish Academy

Design & Technology

Taking design from how something looks to how it really works


Welcome to Design and Technology The design and technology department offers enthusiastic and professional teaching across of a range of material specific areas; including product design, resistant materials, textiles and food/catering studies. High quality learning experiences are the aim of the team and in this respect the quality of work produced by students is high. A range of technologies are available for students work with including a range of CAD/CAM resources (apple mac design suite, laser cutting, embroidery, sublimation and 3D printing), metal casting, plastic moulding as well as many traditional technologies. In addition, extra curricula activities extend to designing and making garments for the academy fashion show, designing and building gliders for an aerospace competition, design club where students enter a completion to solve a problem. This includes using 3D printers and various modelling materials.

Students are taught Product Design, which includes working in wood, metal, plastics with electronics and graphics. Textiles Design and Food Technology is also taught to form a balanced design and technology curriculum based on NC guidelines.

GCSE Product Design
Product Design – Innovation: This course will suit students who are keen on design and who enjoy working with a variety of materials and processes including CAD/CAM. The course follows the AQA exam syllabus which incorporates a controlled assessment project (worth 60%) and a design paper (worth 40%).

Product Design – Furniture: This course follows the same AQA syllabus as the Innovation course, but is modified to suit students who would prefer to work within a more focussed structure. Using simple furniture as the main focus, students build upon skills and knowledge in a very practical way to create traditional products.

GCSE Textiles
Following the AQA Textiles syllabus, students develop skills in all areas of fashion and interior design. Experimental techniques and the use of a wide range of materials allow students to create imaginative work using a range of processes including CAD/CAM, sublimation printing and more traditional surface decoration techniques. Two controlled assessed projects (one, exam board set) complete the GCSE.

GCSE Catering
This course develops higher order cooking skills and the understanding of nutrition, meal planning and preparation. This course is ideal for any student wishing to follow a career in the catering industry, but also for students wishing to learn and develop their own personal skills. Two controlled assessed tasks (worth 60%) are complimented by a written paper (worth 40%).

Design and technology is taught to all students from year 7 to year 9 with project based learning across all material/technological areas.
At GCSE a complete range of courses include Product Design, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Catering. In the near future it is hoped an Engineering course will run with a link into local engineering and apprenticeships.

At A level, courses in Product Design and Textiles complete the curriculum structure.

Exam boards:
AQA – GCSE Product Design, Textiles, Resistant Materials, plus A level Textiles.
WJEC – Catering and A level Product Design

Stephen Wills

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