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In this subject area of Design & Technology, students in year 7 and year 8 will learn to identify problems and user requirements, and then develop design solutions.  Using a range of different materials including timbers, plastics, metals, composites and smart materials, students will be encouraged to design and manufacture innovative and high-quality products.  To achieve this, they will use a range of processes from traditional tools and machinery to more high-tech equipment such as laser cutters, computerised vinyl cutters and 3D printers.  Students will also use a wide range of design methods from freehand sketching to the use of computer aided design (CAD) applications.  Students will also develop knowledge in a broad range of technical areas such as mechanisms, electronics, structures, systems & control technology and develop an understanding of how product design is influenced by issues such as sustainability and ethical design. In year 9, students who have selected Engineering Design as an option choice, will develop more specific skills and knowledge in preparation for coursework completion and developing knowledge in preparation for external examinations in year 11.  In year 10, students will begin completing coursework, alongside focused tasks to streamline skills and knowledge.  In year 11, students will complete all coursework and sit an external examination at the end of year 11, which, combined with coursework marks, will be used to form their overall grade.  

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