Which subjects are in our faculty?

  • Technology
  • Art
  • Hairdressing
  • Motor vehicle

What do we do?

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, students will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. We offer a variety of subject to engage and inspire young minds with creative subjects such as art, and applied subjects such as technology, hairdressing and motor vehicle repair.


During key stage 3 our students will be taught to:

  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate
  • Develop technical knowledge

Students are given the opportunity to develop key skills in research and exploration to identify and understand user needs, solving their own design problems and understanding how to reformulate problems. The subject is creative, and students learn how to design innovative, functional, appealing products using a variety of approaches. We look at new and emerging technology, exploring the work of other professionals and look at how and why products have been developed.

Technology also has a practical element, with students taught how to use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment, and machinery, together with ensuring these are used for the correct materials.

We build on the knowledge, skills and techniques learned when students go through to key stage 4, working towards GCSEs. Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students should develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and well-being of the nation and the global community.


Our creative students enjoy our art course, which engages, inspires and challenges them. Equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design, students also learn to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The GCSE course in art and design challenges students on both practice and theory – they learn through practical experience and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources, including other artists, that inform their creative style.


We are pleased to be able to offer hairdressing as an option for students, giving individuals the opportunity to develop key skills for this career.  Students learn setting, blow-drying, dry styling and temporary colouring on Level 1 and then can progress to cutting, colouring and perming on Level 2, together with complex styling techniques. There are also units in communication, customer service, health and safety, and hairdressing theory.

Students get to practice their skills and perfect their hairdressing skills on mannequins and live models.

Motor vehicle

Another highly practical course is motor vehicle repair, based in our superb purpose-built facilities. Students learn about the functions of the complex systems within modern automotive vehicles and how these systems integrate with each other to operate to the manufacturer’s specification. The practical approach of the course will develop your hand and diagnostic skills, provide a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace, customer service and other skills associated with working in a garage.

What enrichment is on offer?

Lunchtime clubs – in both art and hairdressing


Head of faculty – Mr Mark Chantler

Email address: mchantler@kirkbycollege.notts.sch.uk