Design and Technology

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Steve Jobs

Design and Technology is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world. Our faculty ethos is to strive for excellence through imaginative and creative challenges, and we ensure that pupils experience this on a day-to-day basis. We introduce them to new technologies, materials and equipment and allow them to contextualise their learning from across the curriculum, in fun and exciting ways.

In Phase 1, pupils rotate on a termly basis between each subject, being taught by specialist teachers in their own devoted areas.  

Phase 1

In year 7 students join the school with little or no experience of Design and Technological activities and are excited by the range of experiences we offer them.

Health and safety is a very important aspect throughout the teaching and learning experience. All staff provide in depth instruction throughout all project work to ensure a safe working environment and to enable individuals to stay safe during lessons. Students undertake projects with both a design and make element on a wide variety of topics. They experience using graphic techniques to highlight and present booklet work and design ideas.


Year 7

In Product Design, students are introduced to working with wood, metal and plastic, including the integration of electronics components to create useful and interesting products.

They are introduced to Computer Aided Design programs including Serif Draw, Techsoft 2D Design and Sketchup, allowing them to create and realistically model their ideas. They then move on to using the laser cutter in our Computer Aided Manufacture area to produce a high quality final outcome.

Students in Food Technology spend 9 weeks developing essential food skills.

They learn about nutrition and healthy eating through weekly practical lessons, with a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables.

As part of Textiles Technology, students develop their skills and understanding of a variety of surface decoration, e-textiles and dyeing techniques.

They work with a range of textile materials and machine stitching to explore the possibilities of design and manufacture, to produce a wall hanging.

Year 8

Year 8 builds upon the experiences students encountered in year 7.

In Product Design, elements of resistant materials and graphics come together. Pupils will design and make a passive amplifier, with a focus on practical modelling skills and material knowledge gained through testing and evaluation.   

Students continue to work with Food by designing, making and gaining a deeper understanding of the nutritional values the food contains.

Students are notified of which ingredients they need and bring them to practical lessons, enjoying the resulting practical by eating the outcome after the evaluation session has been completed.

Expand their knowledge and understanding of using compliant materials in a Textiles medium. Focusing on decorative techniques to produce a themed cushion or bag, they utilise the computerised embroidery machine by integrating its use into a project looking at bag/cushion design and styling. 

All projects are monitored and assessed by the staff. All assessments give students an indication of the levels they are working at and areas in which they can improve.

Phase 2

As part of the school Phase 2 option systems students are given a choice of 3 Design & Technology options. They will spend 2 hours a week in their chosen option area for 3 years.

The Phase 2 Design and Technology options are:

GCSE Design and Technology

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

This qualification is linear. This means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

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Technical Award – Materials Technology

The new Level 1/2 Technical Awards is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, rather than theoretical learning. It is tailored towards specific career areas and all have a focus on creativity.

These vocational qualifications fulfil entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16, and will count as equivalent to one GCSE.

Those pupils who want to study materials in a practical way and understand the working properties of woods, metals and polymers will really enjoy this course. It will enable learners to work in a hands-on way to develop the core skills to make high-quality products using woods, metals and polymers.

Learners will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and also modern technologies.

This Technical Award in Materials Technology will help learners develop the knowledge, skills and experience and could potentially open the door to a career in related industries.

More information can be found at:

NCFE Food and Cookery

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in food and cookery. It will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.

This qualification aims to:

  • focus on an applied study of the food and cookery occupational area
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a significant core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

 The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • prepare and cook using basic skills
  • understand food and its functions in the body and in recipes
  • understand balanced diets and modification of recipes for health
  • plan and produce dishes for a purpose.

 Throughout the delivery of this qualification, the following core areas and transferable skills should be evident:

  • planning
  • research skills
  • communication
  • problem-solving skills
  • health and safety.

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