Pupils design and make a wooden mind puzzle. This introduces pupils to a variety of new practical skills, combined with new knowledge and understanding of the design process. Pupils research, analyse existing products, generate design ideas and plan how to manufacture their final product. They then finish by evaluating the success of the project, which is completed in 12 weeks.
Pupils design and make a laser engraved curiosity box. They follow a similar design process as year 7, however they design for a target user, complete a specification and an evaluation. In addition to this, pupils learn about materials and CAD/CAM in their project. This project is also completed in 12 weeks.
Pupils are introduced to a range of high skill level techniques and processes. Pupils will make a range of different projects and work towards their final GCSE Project design folder, whilst developing a range of drawing skills and subject knowledge.
Pupils begin their final GCSE ‘design and make’ task. This year focusses on pupils designing and making their final product to a very high standard, showcasing their range of skills. . This equips pupils with industry knowledge and techniques to be able to master the examination at the end of year 11.
Pupils complete their controlled assessment task and begin examination preparation. They partake in a variety of activities to ensure that their knowledge is sound, throughout the build up to examinations.
Careers aspirations from this course can develop into careers such as Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Architecture, Fashion Design, Game Design, Interior Design, Engineering, Teaching and many more.
The Year 9 students' ambition and lack of fear is to be commended and it is evident many of them have already focused on making money from their own ideas.Chris Hallam, Santander View our success stories