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Craft,Design & Technology
Why should you choose this subject?
CDT encourages learners to become successful, responsible and creative in their use of technologies.
Practical Woodwork and Practical Metalwork (S4-S6)
This course is of broad educational benefit. It allows learners to develop skills in reading drawings and diagrams, measuring and marking out, as well as cutting, shaping and finishing materials. It allows pupils to learn how to work effectively alongside others in a shared workshop environment. The skills that learners acquire by successfully completing this course will be valuable for learning, for life and for the world of work.
This course provides opportunity for learners to gain skills in reading, interpreting, and creating graphic communication solutions. Learners will initiate, develop and communicate ideas graphically. They will develop spatial awareness and visual literacy through graphic experiences. The Course is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature. It combines elements of recognised professional standards for graphic communication partnered with graphic design creativity and visual impact.
The course allows learners to engage with relevant technologies. It allows learners to consider the impact that graphic communication technologies have on our environment and society.
On completing the course, learners will be able to: create, develop and communicate design proposals; solve design problems in applied contexts; contribute to the evaluation and improvement of design proposals and manufacturing practicalities; and manufacture models, prototypes and products of their design ideas.
In addition, learners will have developed: knowledge and understanding of a range of materials and manufacturing processes; an appreciation of the factors that impact on the design and manufacture of products; and an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society.
What skills will you learn?
Practical Woodwork and Metalwork
The course for S1 to S3 pupils forms the basis of skills required to allow pupils to progress towards future work and skills at N4 & N5 Practical Woodworking & Metalworking and beyond.
Woodwork and metalwork develops practical skills and problem solving. As well as developing learners' understanding of safe working practices in a workshop environment. It also develops learners' awareness of sustainability issues in a practical woodwork/metalwork context.
Pupils will work and use tools and equipment in accordance with recognised procedures and safe working practices.
Pupils will develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, sketching, graphics materials and software. This course provides opportunities to build challenging, coherent and enjoyable journeys for learners through all levels. It combines elements of recognised professional standards for graphic communication, partnered with graphic design creativity and visual impact. Provides flexibility and choice in the use of manual and computer-aided graphics.
This course provides a broad and practical experience in product design and manufacture, with opportunities for learners to gain skills in designing and communicating design proposals. Pupils will develop design skills, knowledge and understanding of materials as well as manufacturing processes. Design Manufacture provides opportunities for learners to enhance their creative and practical skills. As well as providing opportunities to build challenging, coherent and enjoyable learner journeys through all levels.
What topics will you study?
The S1 to S3 course focuses on woodworking skills, practical creativity and problem solving. The course aims to develop learners’ understanding of safe working practices in a workshop environment. As well as developing learners’ awareness of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context.
The S4 to S6 woodwork course studies the following:
Flat-frame Construction - In this unit, you will produce flat-framed woodworking joints and assemblies to a given standard. Tasks will include some complex features.
Carcase Construction - In this unit, you will produce carcase constructions to a given standard. Tasks will include some complex features.
Machining and Finishing - In this Unit, you will carry out machining and finishing to a given standard. Tasks will include some complex features. Evidence of knowledge and understanding will be required.
The S4 to S6 metalwork course studies the following:
Bench Skills - In this unit, you will develop a range of metalworking hand tool skills including bench-fitting work, routine sheet-metal work, and measuring and marking out.
Machine Processes - In this unit, you will develop your measuring and marking out skills and to develop skills in using common metalwork machines, equipment and related processes.
Fabrication and Thermal Joining - In this unit, you will develop skills in fabrication, forming and joining of metalwork components with some complex features. Learners will develop skills in thermal joining techniques. They will also build skills in measuring and marking out.
S1 to S3 pupils will learn to develop concepts that will allow them to sketch and draw orthographic and pictorial shapes and objects. They will then be able to take these objects and model them in 3D on the computer using state of the art software and create their prototype using our 3D Printer. They will also learn about Desk Top Publishing (DTP), how to plan and execute their ideas and turn them into a professional looking magazine article.
S4 to S6 pupils will study:
2D Graphic Communication - This helps learners develop their creativity and skills within a 2D graphic communication context. It will allow learners to initiate, develop and communicate ideas using graphic techniques in straightforward and familiar contexts. Learners will develop 2D graphic spatial awareness.
3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication - This helps learners develop their creativity and skills within a 3D and pictorial graphic communication context. Learners will develop 3D graphic spatial awareness.
Design and Manufacture
The S1 to S3 course covers the product design process from brief to resolved design proposals, including specification. It helps learners develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating design proposals.
Materials and Manufacturing: This covers the product design process from design proposals to prototype or product. It helps learners to ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing their design ideas. It allows learners to develop practical skills that are invaluable in the design/make/test process.
What careers are available?
There is a wide selection of careers available if you study CDT, such as:
Advertising Animation (2D and 3D) Architect
Architectural Technologist Audio Visual Aids Technician Blacksmith
Building Trades Car Mechanic Civil Engineering
Electrician Engraver Exhibition Designer
Fashion/Textile Design Furniture Maker Game Design
Graphic Designer Industrial Designer Industrial Designer
Interior Designer Jewellery Designer Joiner
Laboratory Technician Landscape Architect Multimedia Designer
Packaging Designer Packaging Designer Plumber
School Technician Systems Integrator Teacher
Technical Illustrator Visual Designer Website Designer