Construction and Engineering KS3-4
All students study Construction as part of a Design and Technology carrousel at Key Stage Three. Throughout Key Stage Three, students study a range of practical techniques, materials and processes. There is an emphasis on developing pupils’ practical ability through a number of “hands on “projects involving the use of a wide range of resistant materials.
At Key stage Four, students are given wider designing and making tasks and expected to develop their ability to solve problems and work more autonomously. Students are encouraged to attend after school clubs and learn about the importance and relevance of Engineering and Construction to society.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
In years seven and eight students are taught in mixed ability classes. In year nine they are taught in sets according to ability. The Year Seven focus is on working in practical situations using wood, metal and plastic. In year eight the pupils are introduced to mechanisms and control and in year nine the pupils learn more about the design process and the utilisation of CAD CAM and electronics. A large part of what we do in this department focuses upon developing skills and practical ability in our pupils as we think this is invaluable preparation for independence when they leave school.
At the end of each year students are given a formal exam in order to test their knowledge and understanding of what they have learnt. Throughout Key Stage 3 students are given opportunities to improve their designing and making skills in preparation for GCSE.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
At Key Stage Four Engineering GCSE and BTEC Construction are both available as an option choice. We follow AQA GCSE Engineering. The course comprises a controlled assessment (60%) and a formal external examination (40%) The Construction course provides an industry standard grounding in construction and construction management. This covers practical areas such as carpentry skills as well as designing buildings, architecture and maths and science in construction. There is an external exam (25%)
The department has an excellent record of results and many of our pupils go on to pursue careers in engineering or construction.