Formby High School offers a wide variety of subjects for students to study within Technology. They follow a curriculum that allows them to explore Computing, Design Technology and Food & Nutrition at Key Stage 3 and beyond. In addition, they have the opportunity to select a range of technology related courses at Key Stage 4 and 5, including Business Studies, Creative iMedia, Catering & Hospitality and Engineering, equipping them well for 21st Century life and providing the necessary knowledge, skills, attributes to embark on higher level study and employment in a range of growth sectors with very positive job prospects across the Liverpool City Region.
Business Studies is offered at Key Stages 4 and 5 and proves to be a very popular option. The GCSE course looks at how a business is setup and managed along with managing money within in a business. In Sixth Form, students can study the Level 3 BTEC Business qualification which covers a broad range of business and finance topics, including stakeholders, marketing and finance.
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Computer education is an integral part of learning at school and starts in Year 7 with introductions to ICT concepts and programming. In Years 8 and 9 students continue to develop their skills in design, animation, graphics manipulation and programming. Students have the opportunity to study GCSE Computing which allows them to learn about how computers work. They do not just learn what’s ‘inside the box’ but also how to build and configure a computer. In addition, students begin to investigate the way in which software is compiled, planning and coding their own solutions to problems they are given. Students who study GCSE Computing are able to progress this interest in Sixth Form by opting for the Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Computing.
As an alternative, students may choose to follow the Level 2 OCR Creative iMedia qualification in Years 10 and 11, honing their skills in using computers for creative purposes such as web design and video animation. This interest can be further nurtured through opting for Level 3 OCR Digital Media in Sixth Form.
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Design Technology gives students the opportunity to fully understand the design process, how to manufacture products with accuracy and the importance of quality control. Students learn to use a range of high tech equipment when making with precision and are taught how to design in 2D and 3D using computer aided design software. The course at Key Stage 3 provides students with a very good grounding to progress to study Engineering at Key Stages 4 and 5.
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Food and Nutrition
As part of their work with food, students are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating, using the Eat Well Guide as the basis for learning about a balanced diet. Instilling a love of cooking in students will ensure that they are able to mature and support themselves through learning how to cook healthily which is a crucial life skill that will affect them and their families now and in the future. Students follow a Food & Nutrition course at Key Stage 3, having the opportunity to prepare and learn about dishes from around the world. The subject can be continued in Years 10 and 11 when students have the opportunity to choose to complete a Level 2 Catering and Hospitality qualification.
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