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Arts, Design & Technology

Arts, Design & Technology


Art & Design

Our links to, and communication with the world are becoming increasingly visual. The Curriculum uses traditional and contemporary references from art and design to develop the student’s visual awareness.

Parrs Wood's well-equipped art rooms provide activities including drawing, painting, three-dimensional work and graphic work. All parts of the courses will refer to the work of artists, designers and/or different cultures.

Art develops good skills in researching and developing an idea. In an increasingly visual world, there are many art-related careers, from magazine and web design to film and theatre work.

Trips and visits are organised for different year groups including workshops at the Whitworth Art Gallery and City Gallery, and visits to London Galleries. The annual Parrs Wood Summer Exhibition is an opportunity to see for yourself the very high standard of Artwork produced by all our students.

Art and Design at Key Stage 4

We offer the following courses at Key Stage 4:

  • Art and Design (GCSE)

  • Photography (GCSE)

Art and Design at Key Stage 5

We offer the following course in Parrs Wood Sixth Form (click on the name to see the subject leaflet):

Design and Technology

Design & Technology (Resistant materials, Electronics & Textiles):

Our Design and Technology curriculum at KS3 is inspiring, rigorous and practical. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Our aim is to equip all students with relevant and transferable skills to produce high-quality outcomes in their practical work.

KS3 Food

Pupils will develop practical skills and how to produce a range of nutritious skilled dishes safely and hygienically. Alongside the practical element’s pupils will also explore and demonstrate an understanding of cross-contamination, functions of ingredients, nutrients and why our bodies need them, consumer awareness, packaging and labelling, government initiatives, and food sourcing.

Throughout the Design and Technology curriculum students will learn to become self-motivated and confident learners, that work independently as well as part of a team. Students develop technical and practical skills whilst problem-solving whilst not being afraid of making mistakes in their work. We believe that students should experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment and learn best by ‘doing’. This is achieved through imaginative teaching using new technologies and modern industrial processes alongside traditional skills.

Design and Technology at Key Stage 3

Over key stage 3, as a whole, each student will experience a wide range of technological activities in the form of “Design and Make Tasks” (DMT’s). These DMT’s develop skills and understanding in the following areas:

  • Resistant Materials
  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Mechanisms
  • Structures
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Design and Technology at Key Stage 4

Here are the courses which we offer to our Key Stage 4 students:

  • Construction & the Built Environment Tech Award Level 2 (BTEC)
  • Construction & Building Crafts - Open Awards Level1/2 Award in Construction & Building Crafts
  • Engineering - Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Engineering
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition (GCSE)
  • 3-Dimensional Design Art and Design (GCSE)

Click here to view our Booklet 1 on work produced by our students in Art, Design & Technology

Click here to view our Booklet 2 on work produced by our students in Art, Design & Technology