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Design & Engineering @ Plympton Academy

In the Design and Engineering Department at Plympton Academy we challenge you to develop creative solutions to real world design and engineering scenarios.  We want you to design and create inspirational and innovative responses that support technical engineering knowledge, processes, and capabilities.

Years 7 & 8

In your first two years, you will carry out design based projects that provide a detailed analysis of the main stages of the design process from analysing a design brief, to providing a creative response. This will provide a designed solution for a researched target market, and a developed idea through analysis of a variety of cultural understandings and influences. The design curriculum at Plympton academy not only offers a strong design theory based approach but also provides the opportunity to gain experience in practical design skill techniques such as, three-dimensional drawing, computer aided design, graphic communication, and traditional resistant material craft skills. We believe in a multiskilled approach to practical design activities opting to integrate new and existing technologies in the creation of project outcomes. Utilising 3D printing, laser cutting and CAD with more traditional methods of woodworking and metalworking.

Year 9 - 11

Following Key Stage 3, we offer the Engineering curriculum, which develops design and making skills, with an investigation of processes used to manufacture modern products within different engineering sectors, and the new developments in materials and engineering technology.

We provide the use of a range of equipment and tools that carry out a variety of machining processes. You will learn how to set the machines before you use them and how to monitor the machines while you are using them. Providing you with the theoretical and practical skills to take your first steps towards a career in sectors such as manufacturing, automotive, and mechanical engineering. You’ll learn about processes, materials, and how engineering contributes to a sustainable future. The curriculum offers an investigation into a manufactured product to learn what considerations a designer would keep in mind when writing a technical specification. You will investigate the materials and commercial production processes used to manufacture the product, to learn why they were used in preference to others that might also have been appropriate. You will also learn how certain materials and processes can affect the environment. In studying quality issues, you will come to understand how the quality of a product is assured throughout its manufacture.

Year 12 - 13

Progression to the Engineering level 3 qualification at sixth form provides further experience understanding the manufacturing processes in engineering as well as the teamworking and practical skills needed to manufacture a product or deliver engineering services safely.

The inclusion of a detailed CAD unit offers the opportunity to gain valuable commercial skills in the creation of 2D and 3D Computer aided design. Producing and interpreting engineering drawings to international standards that are used within the engineering industry alongside other processes to develop, improve, and maintain innovative products and systems. Mathematical principles are integral to providing an effective contribution to the design and development of engineered products and systems, the curriculum model for the sixth form engineering at Plympton Academy draws on the engineering science of developed theories of the likes of Newton an Ohm to investigate the work of a multiskilled engineering workforce. The mathematical unit offers the necessary theory that underpins the application to solve a range of engineering problems.

These units are brought together to produce and effective design solution for a real-world engineering problem. This is used to demonstrate the process of transforming a user or market driven need for a new or revised design into a commercial product that addresses that need. You will be required to turn design ideas into viable products which consider the requirements of the user and any regulatory standards to generate concepts, and then using your knowledge of materials, components, and engineering principles to produce effective solutions.

Career options

On successful completion of the course you can progress on to a higher education course in engineering or a related subject such as product design or architecture. Alternatively, you are well placed to find work in the engineering industry.

Develop your mindset

Design engineers are problem solvers who bridge the gap between traditional engineering and design. It's a discipline which draws on knowledge of manufacturing techniques, product development, technical design, and rapid prototyping to bring new innovations to market. In Design & Engineering at Plympton Academy you are strongly encouraged to gain an appreciation for the understanding of your ability to design, develop, and shape your environment. You will be challenged to question how and why the built environment, and the products that exist within in it are produced and developed.

Meet the Staff

Mr I Glanville - Teacher and Team Leader for Design & Engineering

Ms M Lucas - Teacher for Design & Engineering

Ms M Whetman - TA/Technician for Technology