Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Design & Technology

Academic Year 2017/2018

Head of Department:
Mr S. Murtagh

Teaching Staff:
Mr P. Bradley

Technician:
Mr I. O’Hara

The aim of Technology and Design is to provide pupils with the understanding to function effectively in our rapidly changing world.  Through this subject, pupils will have the opportunity to become more aware of how things are made and how they work.

Technology and Design is one of the core subjects in Years 8-10.  Pupils will have two periods of class per week throughout the junior school and will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of machines, tools, plastics, woods, metals and electronic components as well as developing sketching techniques and learning how to use CAD software in a number of workshop based projects:

Year 8 - Tackpuller project, LED Torch and Car project
Year 9 - Garden Mobile and Night Light
Year 10 - Genie PIC project with CAD


In Year 11 students may choose to study GCSE Technology and Design for a two-year period with 5 periods per week of study.
For GCSE, we currently study the CCEA specification specialising in electronic and microelectronic control systems.  In this course students will sit two written exams, each worth 25% of the final mark, as well as a design and manufacture project worth 50%.

Unit 1 - Core exam sat in May of Year 11 (25%)
Unit 2 - Specialist option exam which is focused on electronic and microelectronic control systems sat in May of Year 12 (25%)
Unit 3 - Design and manufacture project created in workshop along with a design folder (50%)

Examples of past Unit 3 projects undertaken would include GAA scoreboards, golf training aids, metronomes, electronic puzzles, basketball games, money/charity boxes, alarms, swimming lap counters, electronic safes, hurling targets etc.


In Year 13 students may choose to study A-Level Technology and Design for a two-year period with 8 periods per week of study.
For A-Level, we currently study the CCEA specification specialising in systems and control technology.  In this course students will sit two written exams as well as two substantial design and manufacture projects.

AS 1 - Core exam with specialist option of systems and control sat in Year 13 (50% of AS and 20% of A2)
AS 2 - Product development design and manufacture project created in workshop along with a design folder in Year 13 (50% of AS and 20% of A2)

A2 1 - Specialist option exam which is focused on systems and control sat in May of Year 14 (30% of A2)
A2 2 - Complete design and manufacture project created in workshop along with a design folder in Year 14 (30% of A2)

Examples of past A-Level projects undertaken would include garage door opener, garden plant monitoring system, oil tank sensor, quiz buzzers, pharmaceutical tablet dispenser, stadium seat lock, tyre pressure monitor, sound level indicator, child development aid, automatic bird feeder, snooker scoreboard, ping pong launcher, methane gas sensor etc.


Past A-Level students have gone on to careers such as mechanical engineering, quantity surveying, architecture, aeronautical engineering, electrical engineering, teaching, computer science, software engineering, sports technology and product design.