IGCSE in Design and Technology is a two year course that encourages students to think creatively, problem solve and build their capacity for imagination, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. We follow the Cambridge course that offers one year to develop understanding and practical skills, and one year to complete all assessed coursework and prepare for the final IGCSE exam.
The projects during the first year encourage students to identify, consider and solve problems through creative thinking, planning and design, and by working with different media, materials and tools to produce made products. Students gain technical and design awareness and develop skills such as initiative, resourcefulness, enquiry and ingenuity. They also develop the communication skills central to the design process. Students who choose Design and Technology usually spend additional free time working outside of normal class time using the Facilities. e.g. 3D printing, laser cutting etc. In the second half of the first year, students will begin their assessed coursework component.
Grade 9, non assessed (for the final IGCSE Grade) part of the course.
Students will work with different materials such as wood, metal, plastic, textiles, paper and boards, improving practical skills through a range of focused practical tasks. As the students gain confidence they will develop interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative and innovative thinking. The students will design and manufacture projects based on real life situations. Students will be introduced to advanced Computer Aided Design software packages. They will learn a foundation of key skills before building on them to produce a range of challenging 3D models.
Our Approach to Learning
Students will develop the skills which designers use within the context of materials and their processing. Students will gain practical experience so they can get a broad understanding of materials, processes and technology, in order to become competent in using resistant materials. Students will solve real life problems by applying their design skills to practical situations. They will utilise the skills learned in Mathematics, Science and Art and Design to produce solutions that meet the needs of people. All homework is to support and enrich the class work.