Design Technology

In this hands on subject, students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to solve problems as individuals and members of a team.

Food technology,  product design , electronics and engineering make up our provision in this area.  We have great facilities, including a fully-equipped woodwork and metal workshop. Supporting this is our new computer suite with CAD/CAM provision.

Key Stage 3
During KS3, students will learn skills and processes that will prepare them for both our GCSE Engineering course at KS4 as well as the Hospitality and Catering Vocational qualification. This is achieved through a range of projects designed to cover the curriculum in Design and Technology, including areas such as:

  • Electronics
  • Mechanics
  • Fabrication
  • Woodwork
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Food and nutrition

The Food and Nutrition course, which runs alongside Design and Technology, prepares students for our course in Hospitality and Catering.

Year 7
Students will complete projects including Mechanical Toy, which develops skills in project management and mechanisms and The Money Box, which shows them how basic electronic circuits work and develops their skills of manufacture using the various machines in the department.  In food and nutrition, they are taught the importance of healthy eating and basic cooking methods by following a series of recipes.

Year 8
In year 8, our students will build on the knowledge and skills they have learnt in year 7.  They will complete a Mobile Phone Holder project using the material of wood. In addition, they will further their knowledge of CAD/CAM and product design when completing the Mood Light project.  In food and nutrition ,they will look at international cuisine, where they will cook main meals including sauce making.

Year 9   
Year 9 are moving into more complex solutions with the Metal Stand Project and the Acrylic Flat Pack project. This develops their skills and knowledge of how our machines work with Computer Aided Design and will allow them to look at the fabrication of metal products. In food and nutrition, students will learn how to adapt recipes to incorporate the needs of people with different dietary requirements and learn to work with pastry. This is based around the theme of festival food.

Key Stage 4
WJEC Hospitality and Catering
Year 10s will look at the hospitality and catering industry in unit one and hospitality and catering in action in unit two. This will enable them to build on and develop more complex practical skills as well as teach them about menu planning and catering in a commercial environment.  At the end of the course students will achieve a level 1 or level 2 (Equivalent to GCSE) in Hospitality and Catering.

AQA GCSE Engineering
Year 10s will work on various projects building on skills and knowledge learned in KS3. Subjects include construction, bridge design, electronics and aerodynamics.  In year 11, students will work on a Non Examined Assessment worth 50% of their GCSE and finish with a two hour theory exam for the other 50%.

OCR Child Development
Students study for the Cambridge National Level 1/2 Award.  In year 10, they study child development theory for an exam and complete coursework based on the equipment needed for young children as well as health and nutrition.  In year 11, students complete a second piece of coursework on the theme of children’s play and development.

Marking & Assessment Policy 

Useful links for students

The Design Museum in London

Design Technology Student

Design Council

BBC Bitesize

Delia Smith Online

BBC Food