Curriculum Intent Statement

Curriculum statement: Product Design / Engineering

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works” Steve Jobs

Purpose:

Design and Technology at NUSA prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Students combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. In this ever changing world designers and engineers are very important to the employment world. NUSA provides that firm grounding for students to be able to pursue a career in Product Design or Engineering.

Curriculum features:

In KS3 students are introduced to a range of practical skills including using cutting equipment, sanding machines and industrial drill machines. Students develop these skills to produce exciting projects.
At KS4 the Cambridge Nationals qualifications in Engineering provide an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. Alongside classroom teaching, students can gain knowledge, skills and understanding through practical participation in engineering activities. This enables them to gain engineering knowledge and allows them to become familiar with the language, skills and processes required to work in the engineering industry. Students are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of skills in engineering in preparation for higher level engineering courses or apprenticeships.

Enrichment:

Students are encouraged to attend after school sessions to either further improve their current class work or work on new projects. Students are taken to the local University to look at degree level work with a view they may eventually go on to study Product Design or Engineering at University.

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