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Design and Technology

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Design and Technology at Brighton College prepares our pupils to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and young entrepreneurs. Through instilling both practical and creative skills in a variety of materials and technologies, the department encourages and supports a range of design ambitions.

Our links with industry involve factory tours abroad and presentations from industry experts. A number of Old Brightonians have gone on to various design-related fields including architecture, engineering, gaming and product design.

9 awards won by pupils in the last 12 months

40% of A-level pupils are girls

100% A*/B at A-level

Innovative projects

We focus on the origin and quality of ideas, paying attention to functionality, aesthetics, user needs and sustainability. This enables pupils to create highly developed - and often award-winning - products that are market-ready.

Our fully equipped workshop, CAD/CAM suite and design studio create a platform for pupils to manufacture. SLA 3D printing, lathes, milling machines, aluminium casting, wood turning and laser cutting are just a few of the exciting processes that pupils get to grips with when making their next creation.

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Pupils' creativity is not limited, we encourage them to create, trial and test their ideas.”

— Sam Harvey (Director of Design and Technology)

GCSE

Pupils follow the OCR syllabus, which is designed to develop design and thinking skills that open up a world of possibility. 50% of the course is examined in a written paper and 50% is an Iterative Design Challenge.

A-level

Pupils follow the OCR Product Design syllabus which reflects the authentic practice of industry professionals, enabling pupils to gain practical experience whilst building upon GCSE knowledge. 50% of the course is split into two theory exams and 50% is an Iterative Design Project.

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Plastics recycling

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Inspired by Blue Planet II and our ban on single use plastic bottles we are investing in an open source recycling workspace. Plastic waste will be sorted, shredded and recycled into usable materials for our class projects. 

Men in Sheds

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Men in Sheds, a charity initiative, visit our workshop on a weekly basis to make use of our DT facilities. Set up to help reduce social isolation and promote better health and well-being, this partnership enables pupils to hone their skills whilst playing a role in supporting the local community.