GCSE & A-Level Information
At the start of Year 7 pupils undertake a base line assessment task to establish their true technology level prior to individual target setting, a new initiative 2009. Pupils will then complete a carousel of technology subjects and activities developing their creative skills and confidence in problem solving.
In Year 8 pupils continue on a similiar carousel, building on their experience in Year 7, engaging in activities in Graphics, Resistant Materials, CAD and in Food and Textiles Technology. Similiarly in Year 9 except CAD is replaced with a combination of Systems and Replacement Materials. CAD in Year 9 becomes an integral part of Graphics in the design of a T Shirt Logo and fruit drink package as a Fair Trade Product.
At Key Stage 4 pupils are able to select from a range of GCSE subjects, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Electronics and Control Systems, Industrial Technology and the Diploma in Engineering Level 2.
This year, thirteen students from Year 9 chose, as a Technology option to study for a certificate in moving image production, this is a new course from September 2010. In Year 10 the students look at radio production which includes news gathering, jingle production and journalism. In Year 11 students will study moving image production which involves students producing, filming and editing their own videos.
A new course is being offered from September 2010 called 'Product Design'. This is available to be studied at both GCSE and A-Level.
At Post 16 a Diploma in Engineering Level 3 is offered.