Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Ref : Department for Education

The Design and Technology Department offers a range of subject areas at Key Stage 3.
Over the course of years 7 and 8 students will complete a range of projects in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Food and Textiles. In year 9 students can choose two study two these subjects in greater depth. These tasks will require students to develop skills that enable them to be independent learners, carry out research, choose appropriate design ideas and create successful outcomes.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups.

KS3 Resistant Materials
In Resistant Materials we develop a broad range of skills and knowledge through the use of project-based learning. Resistant Materials aims to engage all students in innovative design challenges. Students will have the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of a broad range of practical skills and techniques, these include: graphically on paper, computer aided design and resistant materials i.e. metal, plastic and wood. Projects include: a bird box, organiser, clock and in year 9 designer inspired lampshades and mobile phone holders.

KS3 Electronics
During KS3 students will be studying a variety of aspects of Electronics. In Year 7 and Year 8 students will be making several simple circuits and learning about the components that make them work. They will also gain an understanding of the different ways electrical energy is produced, particularly in relation to environmental issues. In Year 9 students progress on to more advanced circuits, designing and making electronic products, developing ideas based on consumer requirements.

KS3 Textiles
During KS3 students will develop an awareness of, and interest in the broad area of textiles. They will study where our textiles come from and gain knowledge about the natural fibres and the man-made fibres that are most commonly used in the home and in clothing.  Students are encouraged to explore and experiment with a wide range of practical, and decorative techniques as they learn to use textile equipment. They will develop design skills that will enable them to express themselves creatively through the medium of fabric. Projects include a tie-dye case, an applique cushion, a hand sewn sock monkey and in year 9 a mobile phone holder and a theme inspired bag.

KS3 Food
This course involves students learning a range of basic food preparation skills for both sweet and savoury recipes. Alongside the practical tasks they will also learn about food safety and hygiene, nutrition and key guidelines that should be followed and useful life skills such as wise shopping. They will then progress on to design-based activities where they will use their subject knowledge to produce their own ideas for snacks, pasta recipes, bread products and celebration cakes.

KS3 Graphics
In year 9 students are able to take Graphics as one of their subject options. Students will develop a broad range of skills and knowledge through the use of project-based learning. The course is designed so students will develop a range of skills including designing (this includes designing on the computer using the latest graphics software), making, analysing, problem solving and evaluating. Projects in Year 9 include designing and making a chocolate bar with its wrapper and designing, writing and illustrating a children’s book.

At Key Stage 4 we offer the following Technology subjects each one consists of two components: coursework/practical outcome (60% of the final grade) examination (40% of the final grade)

Resistant Materials GCSE
Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

Graphics Products GCSE
This course is for students who have an interest in designing, enjoy drawing and presenting their work using a mixture of computer and ‘by hand.’ They will experience skills including researching, designing and evaluating and techniques such Isometric, Planometric, Perspective, Orthographic, as well as Typography, Printing, Colour, Presentation Techniques, 2D and 3D Computer skills as well as how Graphic Products are made in the real world.

They will be expected to design and make a quality graphic product such as a board game for their coursework.

Electronics  GCSE
In Year 10 students will develop their electronics’ knowledge and making skills through both theory and hands on practical circuit development. They will learn how to use CAD/CAM software to develop circuit designs through to manufacture considering quality and accuracy.
In Year 11 students will complete a controlled assessment. This is a design and make project consisting of a design folder and a marketable complete electronic product.

We also offer Catering GCSE and BTEC Health and Social Care

Catering GCSE
The GCSE Catering specification offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within catering in a vocational context. During the course students will have the opportunity to plan and cook a wide variety of dishes that would be suitable for the service industry. Particular attention is paid to professional presentation of dishes and meals.

Topics that are covered in GCSE Catering including:

• The Food and Drink Industry
• Food preparation, cooking and presentation
• Specialist equipment
• Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training
• Nutrition and menu planning
• Communication and record keeping
• Health, safety and hygiene

The assessment consists of two practical assignments (60% of the final grade) and a written exam (40% of the final grade).

BTEC Health and Social Care
This is a Level 2 course being offered at Key Stage 4. It looks closely at the work sectors of Health Care, Social Care and Early Years. It focuses on people and how different factors that can affect their lives.

The Btec is made up of two core units and two optional units.
There is one examined unit (1 hour) in the course, the remainder are internally assessed coursework tasks

Human Lifespan Development – Examined Unit
This unit looks at how we grow and develop throughout our lives and the different factors that can affect this. We look at the physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of development and how these can affect life events. We also look at the roles of a range of professionals who provide support during our lives.

Health and Social Care Values
This unit looks at what care values are and how they are used in the workplace. We will look at how these can affect the care of individuals and how this might need to be made specific to individuals.

Optional Units
• Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
• Promoting Health and Well Being
• The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Well Being

Assessment is by completing a number of tasks within each unit and will be graded as either a PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION or Distinction*.
This is equivalent to grades A* - C at GCSE.
The grade is calculated according to how well you achieve in each of the units.

At Key Stage 5 we offer the following subjects:


A level Product Design

AS and A2
60% Coursework component: this consists of a portfolio of work and a practical outcome.
40% Examination component: One externally marked exam.

This course is based on the design and manufacture of products for everyday use. Students should have a real interest in how the things around us work as well as how and what they are made from. Product Design requires both dedication and hard work to achieve success. Students will have the opportunity to work with a large range of materials and processes in order to produce their manufactured artifacts. Computer based skills, both 2d and 3d, are also a major component of the course.

Product Design is equally rewarding and challenging. It is intended to follow on from Design Technology GCSE courses such as Product Design, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products and aims to teach the design process. The course is particularly useful to those wishing to go on to careers such as product design, architecture, automotive design, jewellery design, packaging design and some engineering courses.


AS and A2 Health and Social Care
This course provides a vocational perspective focusing on the three job sectors of Health, Social Care and Early Years.

Each year students will study three units of work, two are coursework based and one is examined each worth one third of the final grade.
In year 12 the units covered are compulsory but in year 13 only one is compulsory so students are able to opt for the remaining two.
Most units require some form of practical input ranging from interviewing service users to carrying out a health promotion campaign.

This course develops empathy towards the needs of others, an ability to relate theory to the world of work as well as research, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

This course offers students the chance to obtain a qualification that meets both their individual aptitudes and interests. Prior study at GCSE in Health and Social Care will be useful to students but not essential. This course prepares students to enter a variety of courses in Health and Social Care and related subjects. It also provides a progression route for further training whilst in employment.

Janet Underwood
Head of Technology Faculty / Health & Social Care
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Laura Heard
Head of Product Design
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Kay Duncan
Design Technology Teacher/Catering/Health & Social Care
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Robert Driscoll
Design & Technology Teacher
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