The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Design & Technology is a popular course at Redden Court School where students learn about design strategies, materials and manufacturing techniques. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in practical projects using a range of techniques including CAD/CAM and manual manufacturing methods.
Food Preparation & Nutrition
The brand new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE course encourages the investigation and study of cooking and nutrition in a variety of contexts. Students will demonstrate their practical capability by combining knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook. They will also study the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The course provides opportunities for students to develop many transferable skills. The course will help students with the vital life skills and allow them to make informed decisions to enable them to affordably and nutritiously feed themselves and others. Career options afterwards are much more varied from chef to nutritionist.
Textiles is an exciting and innovative area specialising in Textiles Design. Students will need to identify and solve problems by demonstrating their creativity by designing and making products for a variety of contexts and briefs. They will be able to focus their interest within their work in areas such as fashion, interiors or theatrical. The course combines theory and practical, with students learning and developing techniques, analysing and being inspired by designers while working on projects to build up a portfolio of work.
Students may wish to continue their interest onto further and higher education or apprenticeship schemes to enable them to work into a huge range of industries in careers such as Fashion Designers, Textiles designer, Fashion Buyers, Garment Technologist, Interior Designers, Tailors, Pattern Cutters, illustrators, Costumiers or Visual merchandisers.