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The Rowans AP Academy

Inspiring change for a brighter future

Design Technology

Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of  contexts; considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as maths, science, engineering, ICT and art. Pupils learn how to tak e risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

Key Stage 3

Here at The Rowans KS3 pupils come to us with a real variety of different DT past experiences and so we always spend the first few lessons familiarising ourselves with what DT is and what our workshop rules and expectations are. Pupils have demonstrations in how to safely use all of the tools and equipment in the workshop and have time to build up their skills and confidence by practising with different materials.

Over the course of the year all KS3 pupils will complete a series of practical Resistant Materials projects in the workshop and will complete a mini portfolio of learning to accompany this to demonstrate their research, design and evaluation skills; in combination with their DT knowledge and creative thinking skills. Units of work include making an acrylic key tag, learning about wood joints and constructing a money box, designing and making clocks, electronic projects and learning to cast, and work with, metals to create jewellery items. Pupils also develop their CAD / CAM skills by using our new laser cutter alongside their workshop projects.  By the end of KS3 pupils at The Rowans are fully equipped with a great range DT skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for the future!


GCSE Resistant Materials

In Year 10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to study towards a GCSE in Resistant Materials (completed in 1 year). The course involves pupils developing their knowledge of materials, processes and components, and demonstrating precision and expertise in their making work. The course is delivered in a very practical and hands-on way and allows pupils to learn through doing. Pupils are required to complete a coursework portfolio which makes up 60% of their final GCSE grade - this comprises of a ‘Design unit’ and a separate ‘Making task’ of the pupil’s own choice. Pupils also sit a one and a half hour exam paper in June, worth 40%, to make up their final GCSE grade. Final projects from last year included children’s seating, a stereo system, storage items, DVD shelving and a range of furniture.


Department Staff:

  • Subject Teacher: Mrs Gale
  • Subject Teaching Assistant: Mr Rayner, Mr Miller and Mr Mansford


Entry Level Certificate Resistant Materials

Students are given the opportunity, to solve an everyday problem, through applying their knowledge of the design cycle, to design, make and evaluate a fully operational product. The course focuses on user requirements, in conjunction with research and modelling, leading to a final product.

Pupils are shown the skills required to write their own design brief for a given problem, and research existing solutions in order to gain inspiration for their designs. Through modelling, testing and evaluating, students are then given the task of manufacturing their own product, through careful planning, quality control stages and constant modifications to suit the users needs. 

The current project that students are working on, is a fully working portable mp3/smartphone speaker with a 3.5mm jack lead. Students not only design and manufacture the speaker housing, but also build and solder the circuit.

Staff: Mr G Hake and Mr Miller