Technology & Design Department
Mrs K McLaughlin – Curriculum Leader
Mr E Lavery
Mrs J Quinn
Mrs L Moon
Mrs J Young - also Assistant Senco
Miss A Greer - Temporary
Mr M Brown - Technician
4 fully equipped workshops
2 planning rooms
2 systems rooms, each with 20 PCs and access to a Laser Cutter, CNC Router and 3D printer.
At KS3 we aim to cover the full Northern Ireland Curriculum for the subject through the various projects we make. Each year group make several practical projects, complimented by appropriate theory, as well as pupils working to develop their sketching and Solidworks skills across the KS3 years.
And most importantly we always try to make Technology & Design fun for our pupils.
At GCSE we offer CCEA Technology & Design : Product Design. There are four modules which we teach across the two GCSE Years.
Unit 1- Core Theory -Examined at the end of Year 11 (20%)
Unit 4- Design Controlled Assessment- Examined at the end of Year 11 (20%)
Unit 3- Product Design Theory- Examined at the end of Year 12 (20%)
Unit 5- Design & Make Controlled Assessment- Examined at the end of Year 12 (40%)
Further information on this course can be found here: http://ccea.org.uk/technology/
KS4 Occupational Studies
We offer two Occupational Studies courses, both of which are very popular with our pupils.
Occupational Studies- Engineering
Year 11 Unit: Electronic Circuit Construction
Year 12 Unit: Computer Aided Design
Occupational Studies- Construction
Year 11 Unit: Bench Joinery
Year 12 Unit: Carpentry & Joinery
Further information on these course can be found here: http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/occupational_studies/
We offer A-Level CCEA Technology & Design: Product Design in the department.
From this specification students can take:
the AS course as a final qualification; or
the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification.
The AS units include a common core of design and materials and a specialised study of:
systems and control (either electronic and microelectronic systems or mechanical and pneumatic systems); or
product design- This is what we offer at FHIC
Students also complete a product development task that is internally assessed.
Students who continue to A2 explore systems and control (either electronic and microelectronic systems or mechanical and pneumatic systems) or product design in greater detail than at AS level. The A2 course includes an internally assessed design-and-make task.
In Year 13 there is a 2 hour exam worth 20% of the A-Level course and a design and make project which includes a ten page A3 portfolio, also worth 20% of the course.
In Year 14 there is a 2 hour exam worth 30% of the A-Level course and a design and make project which includes a twenty page A3 portfolio, also worth 30% of the course.
See the full specification for more details. This can be found at:
There are two extra-curricular clubs we offer during the school year. Pupils are kept updated by their teachers when these clubs will run.
KS3 Technology Club
A team of Year 11 pupils from Mrs McLaughlin’s GCSE Technology & Design class were one of five winning entries in a competition ran by OpenDataNI in conjunction with the Department of Finance. The pupils’ winning entry titled ‘Tourism in Belfast’ used Open Data to design and make an interactive map, which they helped to make at the FabLab in Belfast, as part of their prize.
Their work was displayed at the BelTechEDU conference in the Waterfront Hall on Friday 4th May and they also received £1000 in Amazon Vouchers, which they plan to use to buy a 3D Printer and several Arduino programming kits.