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Art and Technology

Key Stage 3


  • The subject of Art and Design equips our students with the skills and knowledge they need to explore their creativity and develop independent learning abilities
  • Every term a new topic is introduced that combines the development of core art skills with an analysis of different artists, crafts and artistic traditions.
  • Homework is given for each project, initially as one off pieces in Year 7, and later as in-depth, long research projects in Years 8 and 9.
  • Year 7 and Year 8 students will have the opportunity to work in clay, developing their techniques and imaginative responses to the medium.
  • In Year 9 we concentrate on Fine Art skills in preparation for GCSE level.
  • GCSE students specialize in Fine Art, with a focus on painting, drawing and mixed media.
  • Our Art and Design department has two art studios and a wonderful ceramics studio. Each Key Stage 3 year group is provided with a different type of sketch book to promote artistic responses and presentation skills.

We have three Art and Design teachers and one technician:

  • Mrs Heeks (Art, Design and Pottery teacher, GCSE Art Lead, Head of Art and Technology)
  • Mr Juett (Art, Design and Pottery teacher)
  • Mrs Reade (Art and Design teacher/Adult Ed)
  • Mr Kohler (Pottery Technician/Adult Ed teacher)

Systems and Control Technology

Systems and Control Technology is taught to students of Melbourn Village College from Year 7 up to GCSE (Key Stage 4). The subject aims to provide students with useful practical skills and an understanding of logical thinking.

At Key Stage 3 level students are taught Systems and Control, which covers aspects such as mechanisms and how systems are controlled in everyday life. Students are introduced to a range of materials from common metals and plastics to smart materials. Throughout Years 7 to 9, students will undertake a range of projects with increasing levels of complexity, from keyrings, to clocks and a fan with speed control.
If pupils decide to take their study of Systems and Control Technology to GCSE level there are two possible routes they can choose from:

WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee exam board) Systems and Control

This course enables students to design and make systems using a range of electronic, mechanical and pneumatic components. It provides the opportunity to explore what is involved in designing, engineering and manufacturing.

WJEC Construction in the Built Environment

This course offers an insight to the construction industry from the build perspective. It gives students a broad introduction to the different trades involved in the sector and the types of career opportunities available.


Mr Stephen Reynolds (Head of Department, Teacher of Design and Technology)
We are always looking to take advantages of opportunities to enrich the curriculum for our students and relate their learning to the world beyond the college. The drainage works taking place at the College were one such opportunity and so we were delighted to be able to team up with Atkins to give our Construction students an insight into that industry.

Key Stage 4


The Art and Design Department offers specialist GCSE courses in Fine Art.

The grades awarded for these examinations are based on:

  • The completion of coursework portfolio = 60%
  • A final timed test = 40% 10 hours over two days
  • Examination Board: Edexcel


WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as in Maths and the Sciences, could provide the learner with opportunities to access a range of qualifications including GCSE, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications. These include:

  • Level 3 Extended Project
  • Level 3 qualifications in Construction, such as Diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Level 2 qualifications in specialist areas such as plumbing, bricklaying and carpentry
  • Apprenticeships in Construction

This is the qualification structure:

WJEC Level 1/2 Awards in Constructing the Built Environment 
Unit number Unit title Assessment GLH
1 Safety and security in construction  External  30
2 Practical construction skills  Internal  60
3 Planning construction projects  Internal  30

This structure has been designed to allow learners to develop the understanding and skills related to a range of job roles in Construction. The units provide an overview of technical roles such as bricklayers, carpenters and electricians as well as professional roles such as site inspectors, project managers and architects and how they work together to completion construction projects. Each unit has been designed so that knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through tasks that have many of the characteristics of real work in construction. Each unit has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. This approach is called applied learning and enables students to learn in such a way that they develop:

  • skills required for independent learning and development
  • a range of generic and transferable skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project-based research, development and presentation
  • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals in a professional environment.

The qualification has been devised around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning, where students are introduced to a context for learning: review previous planning activities, carry out activities and consider outcomes. This approach mirrors many work-related activities in Construction and also provides for learning in a range of contexts from urban to rural environments in mainly small scale Construction projects. As such, the qualification provides pupils with a broad appreciation of work involved in constructing the built environment and wider opportunities for progression into further education, employment or training.

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