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Design & Technology

Design & Technology

Design Technology is offered at KS3 to GCSE at St. Mark's Church of England Academy.

Design and Technology

Creativity, Celebrating ideas and Innovation is at the Heart of Design and Technology at St Marks Academy. Sustainable, Explorative and Creative User centric design that incorporates new materials and CAD and CAM is the DNA of how we teach. Learners of Design and Technology learn how to research, generate ideas, problem solve and bring to life great ideas through experiencing the Design Process. In Years 7 to 8, students develop skills as Designers, by experiencing Graphics, Textiles and Resistant Materials Technology. GCSE Design and Technology is an exciting arena for students to develop real life prototypes for products that can encompass a range of materials such as plastics, wood, metal, textile and paper and card.

KS4 design and Technology

We run the New Design and Technology GCSE

Design and Technology (9-1) - J310

The GCSE course focusses on developing CORE

  • Research
  • Design
  • Prototyping & Making
  • Evaluating
  • Materials and Technological skills

At KS4 students have the opportunity to develop real life design skills through experiencing Design and Make projects in Year 9 and 10. In Year 11 Students develop their final design and make project as part of their coursework and practise core material and technological competency skills for their exam.

The exam comprises of 50% Project work and 50% Formal written exam.

Design Skills and Future progression

Creativity, Eco Design and the use of CAD technology form the backbone of Design and Technology skills at St Mark’s. Our Design and Technology curriculum directly corresponds to design in Industry. Students of Design and Technology can continue to careers as Architects, Product Designers, Furniture Designers, Jewellery Makers, Engineers, Fashion Designers and Graphics Designers.

Enrichment and links with Higher Education

We host exciting visits to the Design Museum, the Tate Modern, Designers Practices, and Art colleges and Universities from Goldsmiths, Kingston University and Central Saint Martins.

We encourage our students to learn about their place in the world as young designers and develop a clear understanding of how good design makes an impact on the world around us.

'You've got to invest in the world, you've got to read, you've got to go to art galleries, you've got to find out the names of plants. You've got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We're amazing people.'

~ Vivienne Westwood