Design and Technology

Curriculum Leader: Mr S Howell

All Year 7 and 8 students study Design and Technology for the whole year. All Y9 students study Food Preparation and Nutrition and Design and Technology on a half year rotation. At KS4 students are able to choose if they wish to continue to study Design and Technology as part of the options process. Students workbooks and GCSE portfolios are completed electronically on iPads and laptops and marked electronically. Our goal is to make students independent designers who have the ability to manufacture their designs in a range of materials. We will equip the students to go on to train and work in the construction, engineering, fashion, textiles and building industries.


Year 7 and 8 students have a single lesson once a fortnight throughout the year, whilst Year 9 students have lessons for three hours a fortnight for half a year. Students are taught to use a wide variety of hand and machine tools safely within the workshop to complete set projects. Alongside this, students are able to develop their graphic design skills using sketches and computer-aided design to help complete projects and manufacture their computer designs on our CAMM machines and laser cutters.


Students are studying AQA GCSE Design and Technology. The course consists of 50% NEA and 50% written exam. Year 10 Students spend five hours a fortnight practicing their skills, completing project work, gaining knowledge and exam preparation. The students start their NEA in term 6 which is a substantial design and make task. They will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence

* Assessment Criteria:

* Identifying and investigating design possibilities.

* Producing a design brief and specification.

* Generating design ideas.

* Developing design ideas.

* Realising design ideas.

* Analysing & evaluating.

This will continue into Year 11. Students will also prepare for the two hour written exam on core technical principles, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles.


Extra-curricular opportunities for students include a KS3 textiles club. KS4 students are able to attend weekly revision sessions.