Design Technology

Course

Introduction
Design & Technology at Lewis School Pengam has some of the most up to date equipment to allow all students to meet the needs of the National Curriculum. We currently have two Engineering workshops, one Resistant Materials workshop, a large Food room, Textiles room and a Computer Controlled Machine room. All this is supported with a dedicate IT Facility housing 22 PC’s.

Here at Lewis, we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our students. The majority of them enjoy this subject, hence its popularity at KS4 & 5. At Key Stage 3, the pupils have 4 hours of Design & Technology over a fortnight. We currently operate a carousel system which allows the students to study all aspects of D&T including Textiles, Food, Resistant Materials and Control Systems. Within these areas the students will be taught a range of skills such as Graphics, the use of CAD/CAM and Electronics. The students will also have the opportunity to use computer design software called AutoDesk Inventor, ProDeskTop, Open Office Draw and 2D Design to enhance their graphic skills. The department is also very keen to engage students in a range of competitions and we work very closely with the Education Business Partnership to offer events throughout the year.

At Key Stage 4, we offer the following GCSE courses:
Resistant Materials
Graphic Products,
Double Award Engineering
Over the past few years the department has introduced BTEC First qualifications which are proving very successful.
At KS4 we currently offer:
BTEC 1.2 First Diploma in Engineering
BTEC 1.2 First Extended Certificate in Engineering
BTEC 1.2 First Certificate in Engineering
BTEC 1.2 First Extended Certificate in Hospitality

Key Stage 5
At KS5 we are continuing the Vocational route and offering BTEC 1.3 National Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering. A number of students will also have the opportunity to work in partnership with a local company as part of the
Engineering Education Scheme in Wales. The school also forms part of the consortium with Ystrad Mynach College to offer BTEC 1.3 Subsidiary Diploma in Hospitality.