Design and Technology allows pupils to develop a range of communication, analytical and practical skills. These include developing basic drawing skills through to using 3D CAD modelling through to producing written work that will demonstrate higher level critical analysis through objective evaluation throughout the design process NEA component. Pupils will also develop practical skills to facilitate the manufacture of a range of practical outcomes that support the design and development work.
The department starts teaching the D&T GCSE course in the LG year allowing the course to run for 3 years. It is recommended that pupils opt for DT at LG if they are considering taking it for the GCSE.
This subject encourages pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Materials studied include paper and card, plastic, metal, wood, smart and modern materials.
These are then manipulated through a range of practical processes, including CAM, into solutions that are functional, aesthetic, satisfy a need and are reflective of the need to develop products that are ever more sustainable and morally justifiable.
In Lower Grammar, pupils start to develop an appreciation for some of the core and specialist technical principles that they will need, along with the designing and making principles, to complete the terminal examination and also the NEA, the Non-Exam Assessment. Each of the two components represent 50% of the total marks for the GCSE.