Technology & Design
Head of Department
- Mr D Waring (Examinations Co-ordinator)
- Mr A Duffield (Pastoral Vice Principal)
BSc(Hons), PGCE, PQH
- Mr C Graham (Head of Mathematics)
- Mr A K Reid (Assistant Head of Year 9)
- Mr M Britton
Introduction and ethos
Within Technology & Design, staff strive to create a classroom climate which is conducive to a fun, safe learning environment enabling the boys’ to develop individual skills, collaborative work with peers and experience a sense of achievement in both designing and producing quality practical projects, all of which will prepare them for the technological challenges of the 21st century.
Key Stage 3 Overview
All units of work within Key Stage 3 have been developed to enable the boys’ to have a wide and fun experience of Technology & Design whilst addressing all areas of The Revised Curriculum.
Year 10 – F1 in Schools
F1 in Schools is an Extended Schools activity which provides an exciting and challenging educational experience using the appeal of Formula One.
Ashfield Boys High School have been successfully involved with F1 in Schools over a number of years receiving numerous awards culminating in
- The UK’s Best Engineered Car Award, judged and presented by Jaguar Cars
- Northern Ireland Regional Champions (2 times)
- Representing Northern Ireland at two World Championships Finals
Team Buckle Up had a phenomenal year winning the Northern Ireland Regional Bloodhound class and representing “Our Wee Country” at the UK Finals during The Big Bang Exhibition at The Birmingham NEC.
Key Stage 4 Overview
This below qualifications have been selected as the most suitable match to our boys abilities and interests enabling pupils the best opportunities to maximise attainment within Engineering.
Occupational Studies in Engineering undertaken with CCEA is undertaken extensively via practical workshop activities allowing you to work safely within an Engineering workshop environment and gaining practical experience of various Engineering Fabrication Techniques.
The qualification is made up of two units, one taken in Year 11 and the second in Year 12:-
Unit 42 – Hand Fitting
Unit 43 – Sheet Metal
Occupational Studies in Engineering is equivalent to one GCSE.
All assessment is carried out internally on tasks undertaken in the workshop and classroom. No examinations are undertaken.
The following Grades are attainable via this Level 2 practical specification, with Level 2 Pass being equivalent to a GCSE at Grade C:
BTEC NQF Level 2 First Award in Engineering is undertaken via practical workshop activities allowing you to work safely within a workshop environment and gaining practical experience of various Fabrication Techniques, together with classroom based activities.
The qualification is made up of:-
Unit 1 – The Engineered World – External Assessment.
Unit 2 – Investigating an Engineering Product – Internal Assessment.
Unit 7 – Machining Techniques – Internal Assessment.
BTEC NQF Level 2 First Award in Engineering is equivalent to one GCSE.
All internally assessed units are carried out via short tasks (practical with some written) undertaken in class. The external assessment is via an online examination.
The following Grades are attainable via this Level 2 specification, with Level 2 Pass being equivalent to a GCSE at Grade C:
Key Stage 5 Overview
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering
This BTEC award is equivalent to one ‘A’ Level which is widely recognised both by Universities and Employers. The award is made up of 6 units which are delivered as detailed below:
|Year 13||Year 14|
|Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
Electrical & Electronic Principles
Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
|Fabrication Processes & Technology
Applications of CNC in Engineering
Computer Aided Manufacture
Practical products manufactured:
- Fabrication Processes & Technology (Toolbox)
- Applications of CNC in Engineering (Door Signs)
- Computer Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Marine Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Software Engineer