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Design, Technology and Construction

Aims for the department

“To provide robust Creative Arts & Vocational Education to Thamesview students facilitating a smooth transition to Post 16 Study, Work Place Training and beyond.”

We strongly believe in the CAVE Faculty that Creative Arts and Vocational Education should be accessible to all students irrespective of academic ability, physical ability, gender, ethnic group or social background. In light of this a variety of programmes have been designed to cater to all levels with a focus on valuable industry specific as well as transferable skills. This varied pallet includes Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Food Technology, Information Technology, Design Technology, Construction, Hair and Beauty and Child Development.

Interactive learning

All classrooms have either interactive whiteboards and projectors or touchscreen TVs; this helps our teaching staff to engage the students with modern technology in the learning process.

DT and Construction Curriculum plan

Year Group

Curriculum overview


Years 7, 8, 9

Throughout Key Stage 3 students access a variety of design disciplines. These are approached through both theory and practical exploration. Year 7 and 8 units culminate in a final take home project.


Year 7:

  • Clock Design
  • Skin Care Product Design

Year 8:

  • Cushion Design
  • House Design

Year 9:

  • Lego Challenge
  • Brickwork

Year 10

In the first year of the Btec First Award in Construction & the Built Environment we focus on improving individual Physical Skills through Brickwork as well as exploring the Maths and Science elements of the Industry.

Unit 6: Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques

Unit 2: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction

Year 11

In the second year of the course we focus on creating presentations and sketches to evidence House Design Skills running up to the Christmas Break followed by studying and sitting the exam unit between January and May. The exam element is a written paper.

Unit 1: Construction Technology

Unit 3: Construction and Design

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