A sizeable number of students opt to take Design Technology, Maths and Physics subjects at Long Road. We tracked down eight Year 2 students to find out why (clockwise from top left in the photo).
Isis De Chastelain
“I want to study Mechnical Engineering at UCL or Brunel – I like both universities – and this combination of courses worked well for me.”
“My goal is to join the Navy. Maths and Physics are theoretical, and DT provides more practical skills.”
“I want to study Aerospace Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire, Coventry or Leicester. The design element in DT works perfectly alongside Maths and Physics.”
“I’ve applied to study Mechanical Engineering at Aston or Coventry. DT has been really useful as it gives you an insight into how things work physically. Our study of tolerances in designs also helped my applications.”
“I’m going to do a Civil Engineering apprenticeship, possibly with a focus on transportation, so developing modelling skills has been invaluable. I’ve applied to Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty and Transport for London (TfL)”
Yohan Thanthulage Fernando
“I want to study Architecture at university – I’ve got an offer from Bristol West. This has been an excellent combination of subjects for me as we can work on architectural models in DT.”
“I’m going to study Physics at Lancaster, Liverpool, Birmingham or York. I did consider studying Engineering when I started at Long Road but I love Physics. We worked with ARM to design an air pollution monitor! DT balances Maths and Physics very well: a more practical subject alongside two very theoretical ones.”
“I’m planning to study Architecture at Liverpool, Liverpool John Moore, Edinburgh Napier or Brighton. DT has been invaluable in getting university offers as the architectural models we produce fulfilled a requirement for my applications.”
Students take many other subjects alongside DT: other Visual Arts courses and Lens-Based Media are common as are Business subjects, but the subject is extremely versatile. You don’t need to have studied DT at GCSE to take it at Long Road. We also offer Design Technology: Textiles.
In addition to progressing straight to university or an apprenticeship, students also go on to take the Long Road Foundation in Art & Design.