Head of Department: Miss A M R Wickham BEd (Exeter), MEd (Open)
Design Technology is a modern, forward looking subject, which aims to utilise up-to-date technologies to solve the design problems of today, as well as to engineer, design and create the designed world we will live in tomorrow.
Technology has progressed enormously over the past 50 years and is clearly set to continue doing so. From developing materials that can be mass produced into complex shapes, to designing a more sustainable way of living, all of our lives are intricately affected by the vision, innovation and skills of designers, architects and engineers.
Designing is an intelligent activity, which involves considering a wide range of external factors, such as existing designs and designers, aesthetics, ergonomics, sustainability, costs, health and safety, materials, processes, structural integrity and consumer demand.
Design itself comes in many guises and the ability to draw upon areas such as maths, science, technology, communication and art play a crucial role.
GCSE students will have the opportunity to work with a range of materials in a couple of design and make projects in preparation for their main GCSE project. At A level, students will design, manufacture and evaluate their own designs, and, during this process, use computer aided design and manufacture as appropriate. Links with relevant industrial contacts are regularly sought. There is also a taught element, which prepares students for the two examined components.
The Design Technology department at Epsom College aims to inspire and empower students to become active participants in designing their own future by giving them the opportunity to learn through both theoretical understanding and experience.
Design Technology suits students who are genuinely curious and interested in the designed world around them and who wish progress to Architecture, Engineering or Design degrees. To discover more about what Design Technology offers, view a short film here or download this PDF.
To learn more about Design Technology at Epsom College follow the links below.
Year 7/Third Form and Year 9/Middle Fourth
With every pupil having the opportunity to study Design Technology in the Third Form and M4, the years are designed to give pupils an insight and practical understanding of a range of materials and processes through small project work.
In the 3rd form, each student should complete a small torch, bug box and pewter casting with blister packaging and a bridge, which we will test to destruction during the DT based STEM period.
In the M4 each student should complete an mp3 speaker dock, a bird box, an enamelled pendant and a pewter cast key fob. Other projects include logos onto sports bottles and seasonal decorations.
It is hoped that all pupils will develop their skills from 3rd form to M4 with increasingly demanding and complex project work, learning through practical experience and taught theory.
Pupils will learn how to enjoy working in a safe manner and be able to develop their own ideas. Some pupils also opt to use their own time to undertake more advanced projects.
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology 1DT0/1F
This consists of:
50% Externally-examined paper 1h 45m hours long. 100 marks
Section A: Core
This section is 40 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended open response questions. There will be 10 marks of calculation questions in Section A.
Section B: material categories, for which we have chosen to focus on timber.
This section is 60 marks and contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions. There will be 5 marks of calculation questions in Section B.
50% Non-examined assessment component. 100 marks
There are four parts to the assessment:
1 – Investigate
This includes investigation of needs and research, and a product specification
2 – Design
This includes producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a chosen design, communication of design ideas and review of the chosen design
3 – Make
This includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy
4 – Evaluate
This includes testing and evaluation.
● Students will undertake a project based on a contextual challenge released by us a year
● This will be released on 1st June and will be available on our website.
● The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating a
prototype of a product.
● Task will be internally assessed and externally moderated.
● The marks are awarded for each part as follows.
1 – Investigate (16 marks)
2 – Design (42 marks)
3 – Make (36 marks)
4 – Evaluate (6 marks)
Pupils will prepare for the GCSE course by completing two "design and manufacture" projects. The first focuses on children's furniture and the second on flat pack lighting. The aim is to give pupils an opportunity to design their own products within a broad design brief, whilst reinforcing the taught theoretical content with hands-on practical experience.
GCSE AQA Design and Technology - Resistant Materials Technology 4560
40% 2 hour written paper, consisting of both designing and theory questions.
60% Controlled assessment - Design and Make activity, selected from a choice of set tasks.
Current Lower Sixth students are studying the following A-level specifications:
AQA A-Level Design and Technology: Product Design 7552
30% Paper 1: Technical principles. 120 marks
Written exam: 2 hours 30 mins
Consisting of a mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
20% Paper 2: Designing and making principles. 80 marks
Written exam: 1 hour 30 mins
Consisting of a mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
• Product Analysis: 30 marks
• Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).
• Commercial manufacture: 50 marks
• Mixture of short and extended response questions
50% Non-exam assessment (NEA) 100 marks
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.
Assessed through a substantial design and make project evidence through a digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.
Upper Sixth students are studying the following A-level specification
AQA AS/A2 Design & Technology (Product Design) 5551/6551.
All units have equal weighting.
AS: Unit 1 - examination. Materials, Components and Application.
AS: Unit 2 - coursework, which may be either a single design and make project or a portfolio of work.
A2: Unit 3 - examination Design and Manufacture Synoptic paper.
A2: Unit 4 - coursework of a single design and make project.
Head of Department
Miss A M R Wickham BEd (Exeter), MEd (Open)
Department Teaching Staff
Mr M Day BEd (Trent Polytechnic)
Mr P G Lewsey BSc (Coventry)
Ms C Lovett BA (Plymouth)
Mr G Bowler (full time)
Mrs K Appleby (part time)
Two fully networked design studios with 36 PCs each with an A4 scanner.
An HP Colour 3D printer, Up! 3D printer, A3 scanner, Roland CAMM-1vinyl cutter, Apple TV, Wacom Touchscreens, iPad and iPods.
Design handling collection and Design library.
Large multi-media workshop area with two engineers' lathes, large milling machine, mortise, three pillar drills, two wood lathes and large range of supporting machines and hand tools.
Hot metals work area with aluminium casting, brazing hearths and a MIG welder with the capacity to weld mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium.
Smaller multi media project workshop with 1224HD EXCEL router and electronics facility.
CNC workshop 3D scanner, large footprint laser cutter, Roland CAMM-1, Unimatic router, Denford router and plastics forming equipment.
Exhibition Display area.
Desktop Publishing (Serif Page Plus).
Computer Aided Design (Techsoft 2D Design, Solid Works, Pro Engineer and Google Sketch Up).
In addition pupils can use Focus Software suite and have access to a range of instructional films through the Epsom TV facility.
The Trust aims to identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering and technical (as opposed to aesthetic) design. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships have a rigorous selection process and they encourage students to pursue engineering or technical design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.
This year we had 4 applications 1 Overall there were 1,477 applications from a wide diversity of schools and the quality of applications was, as always, extremely high . We would like to commend all of our entrants for the hard work they put into their detailed applications. Max Bacon was selected for interview; at Imperial College, London. We would like to wish him the best of luck.
In 2013 Aidan Smith and Theo Wilson were awarded Arkwright Scholarships and both students made coffee tables for their entries. Aidan's was crafted from Sapele wood with a glass top and Theo's from bag-pressed plywood with a veneer and a glass top.
In 2014 Georgina Hutchings and Aron Hogarth were awarded Arkwright Scholarships. Georgina made a console table crafted from mild steel, which she polished and lacquered adding brass fittings, which she turned on the lathe and a copper sheet, with glass on top. Georgina's sponsor is called Mark Bowers; a materials engineer at Arup which is a world renowned company with projects including the aquatics centre for the both the London and Beijing Olympics and also the Gherkin in London. Aron Hogarth made a cabinet out of ply with brass handles which he turned himself.
In 2015 Nikolai Beloussov was awarded an Arkwright Scholarship. Nikolai manufactured a desk for his GCSE project with cream acrylic inlays.
Click on the images below to view a selection of work by College Design Technology students:
DT pieces submitted to a Magazine
Junior (M4/U4) Work