The Design and Technology department has excellent facilities and offers nine co-curricular sessions outside of the taught timetable.
Pupils studying GCSE or A-level are expected to opt-in to at least one of these sessions during the Michaelmas and Lent terms, while those in the Year 10 would be expected to opt-in to at least one during the latter part of their Summer term.
Within these sessions, pupils can develop their skills in freehand sketching, 2D and 3D CAD (computer-aided design) and then increase their capabilities to use a wide range of processes.
The Design and 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 and 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.
Epsom is fortunate to have stunning facilities for Design and Technology.
Our pupils can make the most of an array of top-spec and top quality tools, technology and IT, combining the traditional with the cutting-edge.
Two fully-networked design studios:
- 40 PCs, an A3 scanner and two ‘follow me’ printers
- Roland CAMM-1vinyl cutter, Apple TV, Wacom Touchscreens, iPad and iPods.
- Design handling collection and Design library with a variety of magazine subscriptions.
- Large multi-media workshop
- 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 multimedia project workshop:
- 1224HD EXCEL router and electronics facility, pewter casting and enamelling kit
- 3D scanner, large footprint laser cutter, Unimatic router, Denford router and plastics forming equipment.
- An HP Colour 3D printer, Up! 3D printer
- Machine room.
- 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 the Focus Software suite and have access to a range of instructional films through the Epsom TV facility.
The Arkwright Trust, founded in 1990, is a registered charity that administers the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK. It supports young people during their A-level studies by awarding £300-a-year to assist with the purchase of materials and books, with the student carrying the status of Arkwright Scholar into University.
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.
Over the past few years, Epsom College has excelled. Five of our pupils have received Arkwright Scholarships in the past five years. This is an outstanding achievement, bettered by very few schools in the UK.