Design Technology: Product Design with Electronics
Design Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies. The subject calls for students to become creative problem solvers who must look for needs, wants, and opportunities, and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products.
At Hungerhill School we believe that Design Technology enables students to:
- understand how design and technology affects our lives in the 21st century
- relate their personal experience to the work of commerce and industry
- enable students to develop higher thinking skills
Mr C Gibbons
Joint Curriculum Leader
Design and Technology Product Design KS3
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Design Technology : Product Design with Electronics KS4
Coursework (controlled assessment) 60%
Examination (written) 40%
Outline of course content:
Product design with electronics provides the students with the opportunity to design and make products using a wide range of materials and electronics. Whilst paper/card are compulsory materials for study in this multi-material specification, students must study at least one other material and are encouraged to develop an awareness of other material areas, namely electronics, plastics, and woods.
Outline of course structure:
Students will complete a mini assignment at the start of KS4 which is designed to build up skills and knowledge in preparation for starting their major project for GCSE. Lessons will be structured so that all students get practical sessions, as well as lessons where the portfolio of evidence is completed for their folder. Theory lessons will also form a large part of what is to be learned and understood in order to complete the final exam.
Careers using Design Technology
Those with a passion for DT could enjoy any one of a wide number of careers. How about the following:
In manufacturing: working in industry developing, producing, and testing goods made out of plastics, metal, ceramics, glass, clay, wood, oil, or chemicals.
In engineering: as an electrician or as a technician/engineer in the mechanical, civil, electronic, or chemical engineering industries.
In textiles: designing and manufacturing clothing, upholstery, and fabrics needed for particular uses, such as sails, parachutes, or canopies. You could work with natural or man-made fabrics.
In the food industry: cooking, working for food producers, researching and developing new products, or in advisory work as a nutritionist or home economist.
In traditional craftwork: ironwork, saddlery, glassblowing, woodwork, pottery, or hat or shoe making.
In the Armed forces: lots of opportunities occur in such as avionics work, technicians, maintenance, and repair
In education: if you've enjoyed studying the subject, why not try teaching it to the next generation or work as a technician helping the teacher to deliver the lesson?
Lots of sixth forms offer A-Level Design Technology which can be combined with other subjects. Also available are the Level 3 Diplomas in Engineering, Textiles, or Manufacturing.
Universities offer many ‘design’ and ‘technology’ degrees. Some are very specialist, for example Leeds University offer courses to prepare you for working in the petro-chemical industry or aviation design. Many others are much more general and cover a wide range of skills needed for civil, mechanical, building, electrical, and product design work.