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Studying Design & Technology at Bloxham School

The style of teaching used in the DT Department is practical and project based, with guided discovery. Project work and controlled assessments form the backbone of the course.

GCSE Coursework

Our GCSE Design & Technology students have just been issued with their contextual challenges for their coursework. Students are required to complete the investigation section of their coursework over the summer holidays. We expect all students to start the Michaelmas term with; a problem to solve, a real-life client (who is willing to give regular feedback) and a broad range of research completed. The client can be (and often is) the parent but need not be. Download the guide to this coursework here.

Design & Technology in the Lower School

The curriculum is based on a series of ten week project based courses. Each course has a focus on a specific material. The courses are part of a larger circus of subjects in technology, where the pupils will experience food and textiles too. In the First Form wood is the focus material, while in the Second Form it is metal. There are a variety of projects undertaken such as picture frames, mirror frames, clocks, mobile phone holders, chocolate boxes and toys.

Design & Technology in the Third Form upwards

The focus in the Third Form is on working with plastics, which completes the circuit of the resistant materials.

In the Middle School, the GCSE is started. We follow EDEXCEL D&T: Resistant Materials, which has a weighting of 60% for the project and 40% for the exam. In the Fourth Form we focus on the theory work which supports the three projects completed during the GSCE course. These include a lighting pod in acrylic and polystyrene, a temporary door hook in steel and aluminium, and a laminated wooden clock. In the Fifth Form a controlled assessment project is completed.

Design & Technology in the Sixth Form

The AS and A2 courses use the EDEXCEL product design, resistant material specification. In the Lower Sixth a portfolio of creative skills is completed, consisting of an investigation of an artefact, the design of a commercial product and the manufacture of a trinket box in mahogany. In the Upper Sixth pupils undertake the commercial design and manufacture of a product of their own choice. For both AS and A2, the written exam has a weighting of 40%.

DT is recommended in combination with maths, physics, art, ICT, theatre studies, business studies, biology and geography and would be ideal for careers in design and engineering. It also suits agriculture, architecture, business media and surveying.

Design & Technology Scholarships

Here at Bloxham, we are proud to offer design & technology scholarships. These scholarships are offered 11+, 13+ and 16+ and more information can be found, including entry requirements, on our scholarships webpage.