Design & Technology

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All students study Design and Technology at Key Stage 3 and it is an option at Key stage 4. We have two lessons with years 7, 8 and 9, and as with all GCSE subjects, have three lessons per week at Year 11 and 7 lessons per fortnight in Year 10.

Throughout Key Stage 3, all students will study a range of aspects of Design and Technology. Design and Technology is about making things that people might want and that work well. An important aspect of our work is evaluating existing products and trying to develop new ideas which could be an improvement. We hope that our students are able to develop an enquiring attitude toward our ever changing world and begin to think creatively to improve quality of life. We expect that they will develop an enquiring mind about a wide range of products and to become discerning consumers.

At KS4 the students can develop their construction skills and understanding of design processes by concentrating in a specific discipline, those being Design and Technology, Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Graphic Communication.

We readily invite specialist experts into school to talk to our students and demonstrate their work. We are developing links with outside organisations to widen the students’ experience of the world of design and product development.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

We offer a wide range of experiences in Design and Technology as students arrive in Year 7. Using a wide range of materials, they are given the opportunity to work with wood, plastic, paper, card, food and textiles. We have six projects in the first year and they range from developing a salad to designing a pewter pendant. It is important to our ethos that the students make a successful product that works well and includes a personal design element in each project.

In Year 8, we continue with six projects and the students make, among other things, a fabric wallet in Textiles and a miniature intruder alarm for their bedroom.

It is in Year 9 that we start a modular course which enables the students to start to make an informed decision regarding their choice of G.C.S.E. examination. We have a Product Design module, two Food modules, Graphics and Textiles. We hope that all students will wish to follow at least one G.C.S.E. course in Year 10

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

As Design and Technology teachers we encourage students to follow one of our subjects at GCSE.  We see the work carried out in Design and Technology as an opportunity for students to broaden their experiences and life-skills and as such we hope that our students consider a Design and Technology course. We offer GCSE Design & Technology, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Art & Design and Graphic Communication. Some students choose to follow two of these courses but they need to be warned that the heavy course work element puts quite a lot of pressure on them in Year 11.

Design and Technology

AQA 8552

Food Preparation and Nutrition

AQA 8585

Art & Design: Textiles

AQA 8204

Art & Design: Graphic Communication

AQA 8203


KS4 (year 10):

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology MJ Ross ISBN 978-1-910523-10-0

Food Preparation (KS4)

Food Preparation and Nutrition by Anita Tull and Gary Littlewood ISBN 9781908682789


AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition by Alexis Rickus, Bev Saunder and Yvonne Mackey ISBN 978-1-4718-6364-6 Families should not buy both of these as the content is duplicated.



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