- Senior DT
Design and Technology (DT) at Blackheath High is taught to all girls from Year 7 to Year 9. Students can opt to take GCSE Design & Technology in Year 10 and AS/A2 is offered in the sixth form.
Students who have opted for GCSE are entered for the AQA Design and Technology Product Design GCSE. Our students consistently achieve excellent results. Over the last 9 years our pass rate has been 100% A* - C and for 6 of those years the pass rate was 100% A*-B. In June 2014 64% achieved A*-A.
Our Sixth Form is studying for the AQA Product Design AS/A2 GCE. Students have gone on to study engineering at Imperial College London and Product Design at Brunel and Loughborough Universities, as well as architecture at Nottingham. All exam groups benefit from small class sizes and the pass rate is 100%
Two part time teachers staff the department plus a technician who also supports the Art Department. Mrs Aspden, head of department, has an Art and Design first degree in sculpture as well as industry design experience, and Mr Masters has a degree in Architecture. We now have six CAM (computer aided manufacture) machines, a large laser cutter, two CNC routers and a CAMM1 plotter and cutter, alongside our two 3D printers which ensure that our students are using cutting edge technology. Students design using CAD and link to the CAM facilities to use the latest technology to produce high quality products as part of their KS3, GSCE and AS/A2 coursework. We use ICT for image manipulation and recording. Scanners and digital cameras are regularly used and Adobe Photoshop graphics software is installed on the department’s twenty laptops. The workshop is well equipped for working in wood and plastic with some facilities for small-scale metal work.
The department has a very good collection of books, both text books and books for a wider audience all focusing on design and designers in the real world. Visits to the Design Museum are arranged and KS3-4 groups take part in whole day workshops there.
All workshop projects in Key Stage 3 are supported with research and design work in an A3 portfolio. Presentation and communication skills are developed which are very important for students who opt for GCSE in Year 10. Students create e portfolios from Y9 enabling the integration of different digital media; video clips, images and sound bites, into their work, as well as traditional drawing and sketching techniq
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