Sackville School

Design Technology

Design Technology at Sackville School has a very loyal following.  Students of all ages produce work of a very high standard.  Work is often entered in local competitions and our students have won many prizes even when competing against adults.  Take the time to browse the galleries of their work.

Gallery of DT GCSE Projects

DT is taught from Year 7 through to Year 13.  From Year 7 to Year 9 all students follow a foundation course designed to increase the students skills and confidence. 

In Year 10  they may opt to continue with EDEXCEL GCSE Resistant Material Technology. This course is concerned with the activity of designing and making which is delivered primarily through wood, metal and plastics, but other materials are not excluded. Students are encouraged to develop their practical abilities and the confidence to design, make and modify products and systems for identified purposes by selecting and using material resources effectively. The course lasts for two years.The GCSE is assessed through a major design-and-make project of the pupils own choosing (60%) and one terminal examination paper worth 40%.

In Year 12 to 13 the school currently offers the new EDEXCEL A level Design and Technology Resistant Materials course.  Assessment of the course takes place at the end of the first and second years. The first year assessment, leading to an AS, consists of one written theory paper, this component is worth 20% and each student is expected to submit a design and build portfolio which is worth 30% of the final grade. In the second year the specialist focused area (resistant materials) is studied in more depth and terminates with a written theory paper once again worth 20%.  As in the first year students submit a further design and build project but this is seen as being more advanced and of their choice. This will contribute 30% towards the final grade for the examination.