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Design and Technology

What do iPads, Dyson Vacuum Cleaners and the London Underground Map have in common? They all started as an idea.

Design and Technology turns those ideas into products that give us the quality of life we have today. Our main aim at Tapton is to nurture creativity and develop the skills necessary to produce the products that satisfy needs, to hatch tomorrow's designers.

Tapton School offers a number of related subjects at A-Level:

  • Art
  • Design Engineering
  • Product Design.
 key stage 3 curriculum content

Students will develop and explore skills in each Design and Technology area; Product Design, Engineering and Textiles.

Year 7

  • Soldering
  • Programming and Computer Aided Design
  • Sewing Skills
  • Block Printing
  • Sketching Skills
  • Use of Hand Tools

Year 8

  • Sheet Metal Work
  • Engineering Drawings and Computer Aided Design
  • Sustainable Design 
  • Product Research 

Year 9

  • Mechanical and Electronic Subsystems
  • Animations and simulation within Computer Aided Design
  • Analysing Products for Redesign 
  • Pattern Making
  • Surface Decoration 
  • Metal Casting
  • 3D Printing
  • Advanced Sketching Skills
  • Iterative Design.
 key stage 4 curriculum content - design and technology

Students will study towards their GCSE through a mixture of coursework and exams. Tapton School follows the OCR specification.  Each student chooses a 'thread' through this GCSE which will be either Design Engineering of Product Design (Timbers).

The curriculum is delivered through design and make activities plus input on theory.

In Year 10 students cover a wide range of skills required in the design and making of a wide range of products. 

In Year 11 students complete the coursework begun in Year 10 which consists of a chronological portfolio and a fully functioning 3D product. 

 key stage 4 curriculum content - vocational engineering

This is a practically orientated course with the sections: 

1. Engineering Design
2. Engineering Manufacture
3. Solving Engineering Problems. 

The qualification is a WJEC Level 2 Award in Engineering.

key stage 4 curriculum content - textiles 

Students will study towards their GCSE through a mixture of coursework and exams. Tapton School follows the Edexcel specification. 

The GCSE will run in two sections:

Year 10
Students cover the core element of the product design course. This involves explorations into a broad range of materials such as fabrics, woods, metal, paper and board and plastics. 

Year 11
The second section of the course will focus on the chosen specialism of Textiles. Students will begin their coursework - an extended design and make task which responds to exam board design briefs.