Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring and challenging subject.  We provide a lively dynamic environment in which students have the confidence to create innovative ideas and the capability to bring their ideas to life.

A full range of specialisms is offered within the department giving students the option to concentrate on different areas of the subject.  A high proportion of students take this subject at GCSE and ‘A’ Level and as a result, by the time they leave school, have a high level of practical skills.

Staff and facilities

Mr-S-Love-HeadThe Design and Technology department is led by
Mr Love:

He is supported by five specialist teachers and three technicians. 




The department is extremely well catered for in terms of facilities with:

  • two specialist Food and Catering rooms
  • one Textiles room
  • one specialist Engineering room
  • two Resistant Materials rooms
  • a Systems and Control room equipped with a full set of computers
  • a Graphics room
  • a full ICT suite


Parental Support: 

Each year we set up a Parent Forum.  This is provided to enable parents to come along to the Department and understand the importance of Design and Technology.  Parents get the opportunity to discuss potential career paths for their children before students need to complete their option selections in Year 9.

In July we hold an Annual Exhibition to celebrate the achievements and extraordinary hard work of the GCSE and ‘A’ Level students.  Parents are invited to come and see the outstanding work on display.



The department runs a vast number of educational visits and takes part in national competitions.  These are organised to enrich the learning taking place within lessons.  Some of these include:

  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Harry Potter World
  • NEC Fashion Show
  • JSP Plastics manufacture
  • The 3D Printer Show


Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students rotate between the different subjects which make up Design and Technology. This enables students to cover all aspects of the national curriculum through a very broad spectrum of topics.

In Year 7, students follow a broad skills based course and have the opportunity to work with resistant and compliant materials using CAD/CAM as well as traditional hand skills. Some of the projects produced include: pewter jewellery, a sweet dispenser, metal candle holders, a light-sensing fairy lamp post and a hand-printed fabric container using sublimation paint. All Year 7 students study Food Technology focusing on healthy eating and producing a range of hot and cold dishes.

In Year 8 students once again follow the pattern of moving between subjects and this year the focus is on the continuation of skill development. A wide range of materials are further explored and Food Technology lessons see the introduction of more complex dishes.

Year 9 is when students are given the opportunity to select three technology subjects to focus on. This gives them the chance to experience the subject at a much deeper level and enables them to make a more informed choice for their GCSEs.

Key Stage 4:

         EDUQAS GCSE  – Food Preparation & Nutrition

         AQA GCSE Engineering – Spec 4850

         AQA GCSE Graphic Products – Spec 45501

         AQA GCSE Product Design – Spec 45551

         AQA GCSE Textiles – Spec 45701         


Food tech

Food Preparation & Nutrition is run by Mrs C Rose: .

The new GCSE course – Food Preparation and Nutrition consists of two class based assessments. The first is a food investigation (15% of total marks) and the second is about food preparation (35% of total marks). Both will be taken in Year 11 accounting for a total of 50%of the GCSE marks. A written paper (1hr 45mins) will be sat at the summer of Year 11 making up the remaining 50% of the marks.

Students will learn about food preparation and develop a wide range of practical skills. They will also develop and deepen existing knowledge about commodities, diet and good health as well as the importance of provenance and the science behind food. They are also able to obtain their Food Hygiene certificate during Year 10.


Engineering is run by: Mr S Love
For the majority of Year 10 the focus is on acquiring both practical, hand and machining skills as well as basic engineering drawing techniques. Students work on various projects ranging from candle holders to door knockers. In the final term they start the first of two controlled assessments based on Designing and Communicating in Engineering.

In Year 11 they do their second controlled assessment, manufacturing Engineered Products.  The controlled assessments total 60% of the marks, and the final 40% comes from the exam taken in the summer of Year 11.


Graphic Products is run by Miss B Seymour: Students taking Graphics explore a wide range of graphic skills from traditional card modelling to computer aided design.

Small projects are explored initially, the aim being to experience all aspects of the final controlled assessment, which students undertake in Year 11.  Acquiring these skills gives students the confidence and knowledge to do well in their final year.

The controlled assessment is worth 60% and the exam, which students sit at the end of Year 11 is worth 40%.


Product Design is run by Mr M Izard:
and looks at the design process applied to things we use every day, from the built environment we live in to smaller products such as mobile phones and jewellery. Students explore a range of skills and techniques in Year 10 using a variety of materials from precious metals to smart materials.  In Year 11 the focus is on the controlled assessment (60%) selecting from a number of AQA contexts.  Exam study is on-going throughout the course and students sit an exam at the end of Year 11 (40%).


Textiles is run by Mrs Lenton:
Students in Year 10 cover a wide variety of textile skills and theories ranging from recycling and fair-trade to sublimation printing and electronics in textiles. They develop presentation skills and make a range of products including bags and textile jewellery.  Students do a controlled assessment (60%) and make a garment, educational toy or home interior product.  The written coursework element may be completed on PowerPoint slides or on paper sheets.

Due to the national re-organisation of the D&T curriculum, with the exception of Food Preparation & Nutrition, the current options will not be available after 2016. From September 2017, three subjects will be available within D&T: Food Preparation & Nutrition; Design and Technology; Engineering. More details will be available at the Parent Forum on January 26 2017.

Key Stage 5:

                        BTEC Level 3 – Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering

                        WJEC ‘A’ Level Product Design

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering, run by Mr Love: is a two year course carrying the same weight as a full ‘A’ Level.  Every eight weeks students complete a piece of practical work and this is supported with a portfolio of work covering all aspects of Engineering from Health and Safety in the Workplace to Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Drawing.  Assessment is by means of six pieces of coursework spread throughout the two years.

WJEC Product Design is run by Mrs A Lenton: . It sets out to give students experience of all areas of Design and Technology.  By the time they complete the course they have the confidence and capability to develop creative ideas and bring them to life.

In Year 12 students are given a ‘design and make’ task.  They are expected to produce a three dimensional product as well as a portfolio of design work.

A2 students build on the skills they have learnt within the AS project and design and make a product of their choice based on a broad range of set themes.  The product can be made using any area of Design Technology including graphics, textiles, resistant materials, systems and control.

40% of the marks for ‘A’ Level Product Design come from the written exam and 60% from the coursework.  The marks in each year carry 50% each of the final ‘A’ Level grade.

This is an innovative course within design and technology, and is excellent preparation for University.




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