Holy Cross College

35 Melmount Road, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, BT82 9EF

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Technology

Department Aims

  • To encourage our students to develop an enthusiasm for Technology and Design and to encourage curiosity and interest in the technological world that is part of their everyday lives. 

  • To encourage our students to develop a wide range of communication skills, including the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD), which are central to designing and manufacturing products.  

  • To ensure that our students understand and put into practice key health and safety procedures when working in the Technology and Design classrooms. 

  • To encourage our students to be as creative, inventive and experimental as possible and to provide opportunities for enquiry, initiative, ingenuity and resourcefulness when designing and manufacturing products. 

  • To encourage our students to think about and plan their work in a logical way so that they can pursue goals which can be realistically achieved according to their ability. 

  • To develop the ability to work as part of a team and to work with and cooperate with others when completing tasks associated with Technology and Design.

The Art & Design Team

HOD

Mr Anthony Connolly

Subject Teachers

Mr Brendan Flanagan

Mr Paul Griffin

Mrs Jill Johns

Mrs Clare Kelly

Mrs Michelle Singh

Mr Fred McGavigan - Technician

Key Stage 3

The key aspects of the subject are taught through project work at Key Stage 3. Each project has a practical outcome and four specific areas / homework tasks that are assessed when complete.

  • Years 8 and 10 students have a double class (1 hour) of Technology per week.

  • Year 9 students are on half year rotation.

Key Stage 4

Web link -   http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/technology/revised_gcse/index.asp

Technology and Design is an optional subject at GCSE. It is a popular choice for both boys and girls with at least five classes running each year. The course offered is CCEA GCSE Technology & Design with Product Design as our chosen specialism. It is assessed through four equally weighted parts.

Year 11

Exam 1 (25% of GCSE)

Technology and Design Core Content

General exam theory topics (90mins)

Design Portfolio (25% of GCSE)

Design Portfolio - 10 x A3 pages

Theme set by CCEA in January

Year 12

Exam 2 (25% of GCSE)

Technology and Design Core Content

General exam theory topics (90mins)

Manufacturing (25% of GCSE)

Manufacture the product designed in Year 11

Quality Outcome

Key Stage 5 (AS & A2 Level)

Web link - http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/technology/revised_gce/index.asp

The CCEA GCE Technology and Design (Product Design Option) course offered is a natural progression from GCSE and is a popular choice with two classes running each year.  

With this A Level course, 40% of the AS (Year 13) marks carry into A2 (Year 14).

Year 13

Exam (50% of AS Level)

(20% of A2 Level)

Technology and Design Core (60 minutes)

Answer 7 questions relating to general Technology and Design theory

 

Product Design Option (60 minutes)

Answer 2 detailed questions relating specifically to Product Design theory

Coursework (50% of AS Level)

(20% of A2 Level)

Design Portfolio -10 x A3 Pages

Choose an existing product and develop or improve it. This includes aspects of research, designing and evaluating.

 

Practical outcome

To show the development of the product chosen

Year 14

Exam (30% of A2 Level)

Coursework (30% of A2 Level)

Product Design Option (120 minutes)

Answer 2 detailed questions relating specifically to Product Design theory

Design Portfolio - 20 x A3 Pages

Design a product that includes a range of product design features. This work includes research, designing and evaluating.

 

Practical outcome

Manufacturing the product designed.

Examination Results

Our examination results at both A Level and GCSE are well above the UK average.

Cumulative results over ten year period (2008-2018) are detailed below.

A Level

83% achieved A*-C; 99% A*-E

GCSE

79% achieved A*-C; 99% A*-E

Careers

Technology and Design is one of the key STEM subjects and has many career opportunities including -  

  • Civil Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Graphic Designer

  • Computer Aided Design / Manufacture

  • Architecture

  • Draughts-person

  • Quantity Surveyor

  • Technology and Design Teacher

  • Product Designer

  • Industrial Designer

  • Service Technician

  • Cabinet Maker

  • Manufacturing Sector

  • Construction Sector

  • Telecommunications