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Focus on: Design Technology




St David’s College can be very proud of the fact that many of our former pupils have gone on to become architects, engineers, and product designers.


This success is in large part due to our extraordinary Design and Technology Department, headed by Martin O’Leary who has worked here for 34 years. His industry connections are second to none and many of our pupils have gone to work placements straight from school.


In September we introduced a new course, and it’s understood that St David's College is the only secondary school in the UK that is offering it at present.


The course is a Level 7 Advanced CAD (Computer-Aided Design) course, which is equivalent to the first year of a degree. The course which is traditionally a year’s course is spread over two years, so the pupil can also study A ‘Levels alongside it.


Four pupils are taking the course this year, and Mr O’Leary is enjoying teaching this new challenging course.


“The reason I wanted to introduce this course is that we have the skills to deliver it,” said Mr O’Leary.


“The course is an industry stand-alone qualification. Completing it will give 96 university credits and will enable the student to go straight to the second year of a university course.”


The school has lots of all the latest technology including virtual reality and augmented reality. The latest bit of kit that has caused a stir in the department is a Creaform 3D scanner.


“It can do a 3D scan of any object, and Creaform are at the top of their field,” explained Mr O’Leary.


“For the pupils to have access to all this sort of software and equipment is a huge advantage once they go to university or industry.”


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