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Technology & Design

Aims of the Department

The aim of the Technology and Design Department at Parkhall Integrated College is to offer equal opportunities to all students. We achieve this by offering a broad and balanced curriculum, which allows students of both sexes to achieve their maximum potential.

We strive to stimulate an interest in learning through problem solving and technological activities. We attempt to help students to develop their imaginations, sensitivity and creative responses to a wide range of aesthetic experiences.

Technology has an important part to play in helping all students to acquire the knowledge and skills that will be needed for them to take an active role in the future developments. Students should develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills, both on their own and in groups.

As a department we promote high standards of academic achievements through designing, making and evaluating results. We work together as an enthusiastic team and promote an environment where all students develop personal responsibility and self-motivation but consider the needs and achievements of others.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 is an in depth focus of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. We have spent a great deal of time and effort generating our own materials. During each year the pupils tackle a balance of resource and capability tasks. The tasks are targeted to ensure the maximum coverage of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 the Technology and Design department aims to provide a variety of courses that are suitable to all pupils’ abilities. We currently offer either traditional GCSE or vocational, Occupational Studies courses:

GCSE (CCEA)

  • Construction

Occupational Studies (CCEA)

  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Bench Joinery
  • Hand Fitting
  • Sheet Metal
  • CAD
  • Electronic Circuit Construction

Our KS4 results are consistently higher than the Northern Ireland Average with most pupils gaining an A*- C grade.

Facilities and Resources

There are currently three workshops, three planning rooms and a systems room across the department. Along with the standard equipment that a workshop provides, we also have the following:

  • 2 laser cutters
  • PCB Engraver
  • 3D printer
  • CNC Router
  • 2 Box pan folders
  • 2 Heavy Duty Guillotines

Parkhall Integrated College Mission Statement

‘We endeavour to provide a caring, learning environment where each child feels valued and respected’