Art, Design and Technology

Welcome to Art, Design and Technology

The Art, Design and Technology Faculty is dedicated to deliver an exciting and engaging curriculum that inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explore, experiment and create their own work and students are encouraged to work independently across a range of exciting subjects. Our well-equipped Faculty comprises two Art studios, three Design & Technology workshops, a Textiles studio and two Food Technology class rooms.

Meet the Team

Mr N Cuthbert Teacher of Art & Design and Faculty Leader – Art, Design & Technology
Mr W Nicholson, Teacher of Design & Technology and Assistant Faculty Leader in Art , Design & Technology Faculty
Mrs C Baker, Teacher of Food Technology and Child Development
Mr S Carrivick, Teacher of Design & Technology and Food Technology
Mrs L Willan, Teacher of Design & Technology
Mrs R Walker, Teacher of Textiles Technology
Mrs S Smith, Teacher of Art & Design
Mr D Cope, Design & Technology Technician

Key Stage 3 Art & Design

The Art & Design course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. The Course at KS3 offers a broad programme of study giving students the opportunity to experience a wide range of media, materials and processes including Printmaking, 3D and Mixed Media.

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Key Stage 3 Design & Technology

The Design Technology course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access a range of GCSE and OCR National and Eduqas L1/2 Vocational courses at Key Stage 4. Throughout Key Stage 3 students study Design and Technology for two hours per week. Students complete a range of projects in all material areas and develop a wide range of skills; these include designing, problem solving, communication, working independently and as part of a team. All projects are built around specific areas of the design process.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr N Cuthbert – Faculty Leader, Art, Design &Technology

Key Stage 4:

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE in Art & Design (Fine Art)

The curriculum is divided into the coursework unit (Personal Portfolio) and the externally set assignment (ESA). The syllabus consists of 4 assessment objectives:

AO1: Develop – where students’ research artists and art forms, explore ideas and concepts, and develop their understanding of Art & Design.
AO2: Refine – where students explore the media, processes and techniques of Fine Art, learning new materials and approaches and taking risk, solving problems and overcoming practical difficulties in Art & Design.
AO3: Record – drawing and painting from observation, using photography as a tool for designing work, writing ideas and reviewing the work as it progresses.
AO4: Present- students produce personal outcomes, presenting all their work coherently and preparing and presenting their work publically in an exhibition at the end of the course.

Edexcel Art & Design (Fine Art) is assessed in the following way:

Personal Portfolio 60% Examination (ESA) 40%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr N Cuthbert – Faculty Leader, Art, Design &Technology

AQA 9-1 GCSE Design & Technology: Product Design

The AQA 9-1 GCSE Design & Technology: Product Design has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale, etc can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability. It comprises two compulsory Units:

Unit 1: Written Paper (45551)
Unit 2: Design & Making Practice (45552)

Design & Making Practice (60%) Written Paper (40%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr N Cuthbert – Faculty Leader, Art, Design &Technology

OCR National Engineering Manufacture

The OCR National Level 1 / Level 2 Engineering Manufacture comprise four mandatory units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. The core units focus on essential knowledge and on applying essential vocational skills in solving design problems through engineering.

Unit R109: Engineering materials, processes and production (Written Paper)
Unit R110: Preparing and planning for manufacture (Controlled Assessment)
Unit R111: Computer-aided manufacturing (Controlled Assessment)
Unit R112: Quality control of engineered products (Controlled Assessment)

OCR National Engineering Manufacture is assessed in the following way:

Controlled Assessment (75%) Examination (25%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr N Cuthbert – Faculty Leader, Art, Design &Technology

Eduqas L1/2 Hospitality & Catering

The Eduqas Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering provides learners with the opportunity to develop a range of specialist and general skills that would support their progression to employment.

The Eduqas Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units:

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry
Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action

Eduqas L1/2 Hospitality & Catering is assessed in the following way:

Coursework (60%) Examination (40%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr N Cuthbert – Faculty Leader, Art, Design &Technology

Cambridge National L1/2 Child Development

This qualification is for learners aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

The Cambridge National L1/2 Child Development is made up of three mandatory units:

R018: Health and well-being for child development
R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
R020: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

Cambridge National Child Development L1/2 is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (50%) Examination (50%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr N Cuthbert – Faculty Leader, Art, Design &Technology

NCFE Level 1/2 in Food and Cookery
Current Y11 only (2016-2018).

The NCFE Level 1/2 in Food and Cookery is designed for learners with an interest in food and cookery. It will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.

The qualification consists of four mandatory units:

Unit 1: Preparing to Cook (controlled assessment)
Unit 2: Understanding food (controlled assessment)
Unit 3: Exploring balanced diets (written paper)
Unit 4: Plan and produce dishes in response to a brief (controlled assessment)
Controlled Assessment (75%) Examination (25%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr N Cuthbert – Faculty Leader, Art, Design &Technology

Key Stage 5

Edexcel A Level Art & Design (Fine Art)

The curriculum is divided into a coursework unit and examination unit (ESA). The syllabus consists of 4 assessment objectives:

AO1: Develop and explore ideas, themes and art forms;
AO2: Refine and experiment with media, processes and techniques;
AO3: Record observations, ideas and explorations using a range of processes and methods;
AO4: Present and realise outcomes, present work coherently and effectively.

Topics covered include the following:

  • An introduction to Abstract Expressionism;
  • Exploration of the Visual Formal Elements;
  • Modernism and Post Modernism;
  • Observation (Edge, Line, Form, Space);
  • Narrative in painting (Seeing and Observing);
  • Three Dimensional studies;
  • Personal Study.

Art & Design (Fine Art) is assessed in the following way:
Coursework (60%) Examination (40%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr N Cuthbert – Faculty Leader, Art, Design &Technology

Edexcel A Level Design and Technology Product Design

The course is divided into two parts:

Component 1: The Principles of Design and Technology;
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project.

The syllabus consists of four assessment objectives:

AO1: Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants;
AO2: Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose;
AO3: Analyse and evaluate:

  • Design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others;
  • Wider issues in design and technology;

AO4: Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of:

  • Technical principles;
  • Design and making principles.

Design and Technology Product Design is assessed in the following way:
Component 1 – 50% Component 2 – 50%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr W Nicholson – Assistant Faculty Leader, Art, Design & Technology

Enrichment Opportunities for Art & Design, and Design & Technology

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