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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Adam Strawford

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares young people to function in the designed and made world.  Using creativity, imagination and increasingly sophisticated resources, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems.  At Ivybridge Community College students follow a curriculum that is both challenging and varied.  They will gain an understanding of the technical and practical expertise needed to design and make high-quality products and as part of their work with food, students are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

As a Department we strongly believe that Design and Technology is vital to the future success of our students as they both live and work in a modern world that is rapidly evolving.  We want to ensure that our students can be part of creating a brighter future for us all.

Key Stage 3 

During Key Stage 3 students follow a curriculum that encompasses Food, Graphic Design, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Systems.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students are given the opportunity to select an area of study such as Eco-Design, Engineering, Fashion-textiles, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Graphic Products and Resistant Materials.  The main focus here is on developing skills within a particular material area, allowing students to design & manufacture high quality outcomes.  They will learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication. 

Key Stage 5 

Finally, our Key Stage 5 offers two areas of study;  A-Level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) which helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing and BTEC National Diploma Level 3 (Fashion & Clothing) which enables students to explore the different areas of the fashion, textiles and clothing industry, equipping them with practical and vocational skills, as well as developing their academic and creative potential.