Design & Technology - Year 9

Design & Technology is a compulsory area of the Year 9 curriculum for all students at RSA Academy Arrow Vale. All year 9 students follow our Design & Technology foundation course for two hours per week and they are taught in mixed ability groups.

Students complete a range of design and make projects in each of the areas of Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Graphics & Textiles. Students rotate around these units every ten weeks throughout the academic year.

Along with the designing & making skills specific to each unit, students are taught a number of generic skills common to all of the units such as the design process, sketching & drawing, Health & safety & how to incorporate sustainability into their products as well as exploiting opportunities to use Computer Aided Design to create high quality products.

The projects are supplemented by a range of focused practical tasks aimed at building the necessary practical skills to produce high quality products. Students are assessed in accordance with the National Curriculum level descriptors.

The course equally prepares students to be able to continue their studies at GCSE and ultimately ‘A’ level or to follow the BTEC vocational courses offered by the faculty.

Design is the process of making things better for people. - Richard Seymour

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