Design and Technology (2015 to 2017)

The Technology Department offers a wide range of subjects to suit all learners including Food, Textiles, Graphics, Product Design, Engineering, Construction, Catering and Maintenance.

In Year 7 and Year 8 students rotate between 5 subjects, spending 7 - 8 weeks in each.

In Year 9, students get to choose their favourite 3 subjects and spend longer in each.

In Year 10 and 11, students can opt to study from the full range of Level 1 and Level 2 courses including full GCSE's and vocational qualifications. In some cases students are able to choose more than one D&T qualification.

“There is a good choice of subjects available… including Graphic Media and Applied Engineering”

Ofsted July 2013

British Values

Technology education upholds all of the best of what defines British Values whilst being sympathetic to cultures customs and beliefs through Design and Research.  The Rule of Law – Workshop etiquette is defined by the Health and Safety at work act 1974.  Individual Liberty – Students are encouraged to work independently to be creative making their own choices within Design and Research projects.  Mutual Respect - defined by the ability to work with and alongside peers and work colleagues.  Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs – within DT students are encouraged to discuss different cultures and needs of different users and target groups for products they design and make.


2016 has seen a significant investment in the Technology department to improve facilities and opportunities for students. This has included new cookers for the Food rooms, improved CAD/CAM equipment in Textiles and updated machinery for the Engineering areas. This is in addition to the facilities we already have which include a laser cutter, CNC lathe, vehicle workshop with car lift, brickwork room and an Apple Mac graphics suite. Our aim is to provide students with a relevant, up-to-date set of facilities to prepare them for further education or training.


We are currently developing the post-16 provision in Technology and hope to build on our excellent results in A Level Engineering by running courses in Product Design, Textiles and Engineering at Level 2 and Level 3.


Year 7 & 8

Students complete a range of projects to learn key engineering skills. Students work with Metals, Plastics and Timbers to produce practical outcomes as well as learning about planning for production and how to evaluate products against a design specification.

Year 9

In Year 9 students complete a mini-GCSE style project, seeing a project through from design brief to finished product. This project is usually prescribed by the teacher and the student's ability to make a product in response to a design specification is developed.

Year 10-11 (GCSE):

Students study AQA GCSE Engineering. The course consists of two coursework components and a final exam. The coursework is divided into two sections:

  •  A design section in which students investigate the needs of a client and produce design proposals before testing and selecting the most suitable design.
  • A making section in which students plan the making process and produce their practical outcome to a high level of accuracy and quality using workshop tools and equipment.

The final exam is one hour long and is out of 75 marks. The questions include a mixture of written answers and sketches about a range of engineering topics including mechanical and electrical aspects.

“Students make good progress in the specialist subject of Engineering, especially in the sixth form”

Ofsted July 2013


Product Design (Resistant Materials)

Year 7 & 8:

While studying Product Design at KS3 students will undertake two projects aimed at building design independence as well as transferable practical skills. Students will work with a variety of materials and a range of modern and traditional processes to realise unique practical outcomes.

Year 9:

In Year 9 students take part in projects designed to deepen their knowledge of materials and apply them to given design contexts. This might include different ways to form plastics or how to choose a suitable metal for a given process. These skills will prepare students for the GCSE course and help them to understand the products and design decisions around them.

Year 10 - 11 (GCSE):

Candidates will study OCR Product Design (Resistant Materials) GCSE. The course consists of two design-and-make projects and a final written exam.

The coursework projects are similar in structure but have the following focus;

A561 – Concentrating on the design process from conception, through manufacture of a prototype to evaluation.

A563 – Focuses on the highest quality manufactured final product that meets a given design brief.

The final exam combines two aspects which are Sustainability and Technical Aspects of Designing and Making. This covers the impact of modern industry on the environment and also a student’s logical skills in technically solving problems.


Year 7 & 8:

Students will be introduced to a range of fabrics and materials and will learn the practical skills necessary to produce quality textile products. Projects completed at Key Stage 3 include environmentally friendly canvas bags which students design for themselves and wall clocks using an off-the-shelf clock mechanism. The skills students learn are transferable to the GCSE course and relevant to other material areas.

Year 9:

Like the other material areas, Textiles in Year 9 is all about skill-building to ensure students have a broad range of techniques to apply in their GCSE projects. They will develop some of the skills they learnt during Year 7 and Year 8 and will learn new techniques including Computer Aided Manufacturing of Textiles products.

Year 10 - 11 (GCSE):

At GCSE students study AQA Textiles Technology, which consists of a coursework project and a final written exam. The coursework project will require students to investigate a problem and the needs of a user before developing design solutions. Students will then make their selected design using their chosen fabrics and materials and evaluate their outcome. Projects are set by the exam board but can be tailored to suit students interests. Projects include garments, home furnishings, animal clothing and costumes.


Year 7 & 8:

In year 7 and year 8 students will be set a range of cooking tasks to complete and will develop their own recipes. They will also learn how to plan their activities and evaluate their outcomes. The skills they learn are designed to enable students to make healthy choices about food as well as enable students to access the Food Technology and Catering courses offered at Key Stage 4.

Year 9:

In Year 9 students complete a range of projects to learn the necessary skills and knowledge for the GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course. As well as cooking skills, this includes the ability to select appropriate ingredients, plan sequences of activities and evaluate outcomes.

Year 10 - 11 (GCSE):

From September 2016 we will be offering the new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course. More information will be posted when it is released by the exam boards.


Year 7 & 8:

Students in Key stage 3 complete Graphics projects using a range of hand drawing and CAD skills. Students have access to software including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Techsoft 2D Design, PTC Pro/Desktop and Sketchup, as well as more traditional drawing equipment including drawing boards. Students complete projects such as band or artist merchandising and packaging design. Each project includes skills which are transferable to the GCSE Graphics course.

Year 9:

In Year 9 we aim to get students thinking about the impact of their Graphic Design for products and brands. For example, students might design a roller coaster with a particular theme and explore the Graphic Design opportunities related to it's marketing and image.

Year 10 - 11 (GCSE):

Students follow the OCR Graphics course which includes three units. Two units are coursework based and are completed and assessed in class, while the third is an externally assessed exam. The coursework units are as follows:

Ø  A531: Introduction to designing and making - focus on developing research and investigation skills, drawing, modelling and evaluating.

Ø  A533: Making quality products - focus on designing for a need, producing a quality outcome and further evaluation.

While the overall content of the projects is decided by OCR, the projects include the scope to personalise outcomes to suit students interests and hobbies. 

Construction & the Built Environment

Year 10 - 11 (WJEC):

Students in KS4 follow the WJEC Construction course. There is an external exam focusing on Safety and Security in construction as well as a set of practical construction activities including brickwork, electrical work and plumbing. For each of the practical units students must plan and prepare for their work and produce a folder of evidence to support their work.


Year 10 - 11 (BTEC):

Students follow the Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills course. Students learn basic skills and become familiar with the kitchen and associated equipment. Students will spend year 9 developing thier cooking skills and becoming familiar with the requirements of the course. In year 10 students will begin thier coursework and in year 11 will have the opportunity to gain a level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate. They will also develop thier skills in other areas including flower making for cake decorating.

  • Level 1 focuses on giving young people the skills to prepare delicious and nutritious home-cooked food, using fresh ingredients, as well as understanding the value of passing on cooking knowledge
  • Level 2 develops the student's ability to plan and prepare a series of nutritious home-cooked meals for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner while helping them understand how to cook economically

For more information on the qualification visit www.jamieshomecookingskills.com



"students beneefit from interesting and unusual opportunities for learning, such as vehicle maintenance"

Ofsted July 2013

Year 10 - 11:

Our Maintenance course combines engineering skills and motor vehicle work in our purpose built garage. Activities include engineering fabrication, vehicle maintenance and restoration. This course is designed to cater for learners with an interest in motor vehicles and engineering who want to go on to vehicle based college courses or apprenticeships.


The D&T department is especially proud of our Greenpower racing team, the Electric Python. We launched the project in the 2014-2015 academic year supported by Cummins and at our first race achieved 'best newcomer'. Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year we aim to develop the car to a competitive specification to challenge the leaders in 2016-2017. To find out more about the project please follow this link: http://www.greenpower.co.uk



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