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Technology

KEY STAGE 3 DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

Pupils will be given the opportunity to experience a range of subjects in Design and Technology at Ysgol Aberconwy. The department is well resourced with two laser cutters and three 3D printers as well as a full suite of traditional machinery and equipment.

Within resistant materials, pupils will design and manufacture a range of products using a range of tools, equipment, machinery and materials. They will learn about the characteristics and working properties of wood, metal and plastics.

In food technology pupils will have the opportunity to cook a range of dishes whilst at the same time developing their organisation and team working skills and learning about safe and hygienic working practices.

In textiles, pupils will learn a range of techniques and develop new practical skills including the use of the sewing machines to make a range of creative products including bags and cushions.

Pupils will use a range of sophisticated equipment and software across the key stage to develop products using CAD/CAM across all the subject areas.

 

GCSE PRODUCT DESIGN

Design & Technology Product Design gives pupils the opportunity to develop their capacity to ‘Design & Make’ products that are innovative, meet the needs and wants of a client and to design and develop purposeful products. Pupils will develop a core understanding of the relations between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing. The subject enables pupils to take a broad view of Design & Technology and to develop a wide range of skills, including working with others, thinking creatively, designing through CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and making quality products.

Careers in product design include product design, automotive design, animation, architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising, engineering, furniture design and project management.

 

GCSE FOOD & NUTRITION

You will learn how to prepare and cook food using the correct tools and equipment. You will also be introduced to the importance of health, safety and hygiene, menu planning, communication, food experimentation and the science behind foods. You will learn a wide range of practical skills to apply to coursework tasks.

At least one hour each week will be practically based. It is important that you are organised and able to bring ingredients to all practical lessons, as this work is an integral part of the course.

The lessons are usually fast and active but rewarding, in that you have achieved a good quality product at the end.

Careers in food and nutrition include: Catering/Restaurant Manager, Kitchen Manager and/or Supervisor, Hotel Manager, Environmental Health Officer, Health Promotion Specialist, Dietician, Conference and Banqueting Manager, Chef, Waiting On, Food Nutritionist.

 

KEY STAGE 5 PRODUCT DESIGN

An A level in Product Design gives you the opportunity to continue to develop your capabilities in designing and making products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing. This course enables you to take a broad view of design and technology and to develop a wide range of skills, including working with others, thinking creatively and making quality products.

It requires you to identify a market need or opportunity for a new product, develop, make and test prototypes and evaluate the process.

It is an exciting and engaging course that will suit students who have an interest in how products and applications are designed and made in industry and commercial practices, including the wider issues affecting design decisions.

This could be your first step towards a highly satisfying and successful career in design, engineering, manufacturing or the creative industries, which are all predicted to grow strongly. Many pupils studying Product Design at Aberconwy successfully go on to apprenticeships and degree courses in Product Design, Architecture and Engineering.