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Design Technology

Head of Department: Mr G Stevens

Teachers: Ms S Clayton, Ms J Hannah, Ms L Smith

Technicians: Mr J Kirk, Mrs J Humphrey, Mrs K Murrell

Design and Technology is an innovative, dynamic and creative subject, which gives all students the opportunity and challenge to solve problems, and to produce realistic working products to the best of their personal ability. Through project-based studies, students gain experiences relevant to virtually all areas of working adult, and future life. Understanding how the world around us works, and the skills to develop new and innovative designs when technology is ever changing, is the key to appreciating the wider role of this subject. Our business is to help students to become knowledgeable and skilled in this way of working. [updated October 2019]

Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7

Food Preparation and Nutrition: aims to teach students a wide variety of skills and develop their knowledge and understanding of food.

Resistant Materials: aims to teach the foundation of woodworking and metal fabrication, whilst developing students’ understanding of tools and how to manipulate materials to a high standard.

Year 8

Graphics: aims to provide students with a good grounding in presentational drawing including sketching, and the application of colour; formal drawing in orthographic, isometric and perspective.

Structures: students apply their understanding of forces and structures when designing and making a bridge.

Resistant materials: aims to introduce students to CAD-CAM industrial practice.

Sustainability: introduces students to the topic of sustainability in relation to energy consumption, materials, technological change and our need to protect the planet for future generations.

Year 9

Food Preparation and Nutrition: aims to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of food and nutrition, and how to prepare and cook good food in a short time, using fresh ingredients.

Resistant Materials: students explore needs, wants and opportunities in the context of designing for clients, through their creation of an automaton.

Graphics: students investigate a range of graphic products notably to increase their understanding of the purpose of packaging through the design and manufacture of perfume packaging.

Innovative Design: students will develop evaluative techniques, and advance their knowledge and understanding of technological products.

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GCSE: Years 10 and 11

Exam Board: AQA

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Curriculum Outline Year 10

The following subjects are offered as option choices at GCSE under the remit of Design Technology:

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Design Technology - Graphics bias
  • Design Technology - Resistant Materials bias

The linear format of each of these specifications means that the students cannot enter the exam at the end of Year 10, but instead will be entered at the end of Year 11. However, the theory context will be covered while students are undertaking their foundational projects throughout Year 10. This knowledge and understanding will be tested periodically throughout the course. Throughout this year, students acquire the underpinning skills that are essential to their success in both the written paper and the controlled assessment to follow. The underpinning skills are: practical; theoretical knowledge; designing; modelling and ICT based. Theoretical work covered includes: properties of materials, sustainable issues in design, methods of manufacture, health and safety and consumer rights legislation.

Curriculum Outline Year 11

This course comprises of two separate elements; the Controlled Assessment (Coursework) module and the terminal exam paper. Students demonstrate the need for the products in question and develop their product designs using the design process. It requires good graphical communication, and the ability to keep to deadlines. Students are required to: analyse and research; produce a clear specification for the targeted user group; generate ideas and synthesise them; create and test different products; produce a programme to construct the products and fully evaluate the solutions against the design constraints and project brief. The controlled assessments will be taken from numerous themes supplied by the examination board.

A Levels: Years 12 and 13

Design Technology A level (new course from September 2017)

Entry requirement: GCSE grade 6 in a Design and Technology subject

Course content: This two-year course requires you to produce and submit one portfolio, which will demonstrate your creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making a product. Students will undertake a commercial design and make a project that applies the knowledge and understanding of the subject. It will need to be sustainable in the environment.

Students will be expected to develop knowledge of a wide range of resistant materials, graphical media, textiles, smart materials and manufacturing processes, as well as knowledge of past designers. This is to be applied in their project. ICT will be integral to this course, as will the ability to communicate graphically and by the written word. Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world. Students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client/end user.

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Written Exam

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology



Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project