Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an over subscribed subject, with students eager to participate in all areas. The appeal comes from television programmes such as Robot Wars, Scrapheap Challenge, Grand Designs, Masterchef and Fashion Fix, keeping the subject with a high profile in the public eye.

It is an exciting time to be teaching and learning Design and Technology. The new AQA GCSE syllabus means that students are getting the chance to explore a wider range of ideas theoretically as well as practically, along with the more practical BTEC courses we offer.

At Key Stage 3, the students study Design and Technology as well as food technology.

Design and Technology is the subject that most readily combines the topics taught in other curriculum areas. It is no longer solely in the realm of the practical areas but firmly addresses the key skill issues that face us at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Britain's economic prospects are based on high value sectors such as engineering, advanced manufacturing, design and the creative industries. They are areas where Britain is still highly competitive and Design and Technology plays a key role in providing the skills needed to maintain this level. The subject inspires student to follow careers in these fields - the careers of the 21st Century.

In Design & Technology we encourage students to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make real and useful products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They are taught how to think creatively, work collaboratively and use their design thinking to improve the quality of life. Our students learn how to solve problems as individuals and as members of a team by working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world. They develop their own self-knowledge, self-esteem and self confidence as they work independently and collaboratively in generating ideas and solutions for real world problems in real life scenarios at a variety of social and economics levels; our students, through their work will gain an understanding of their role as a global citizen and factor in the environmental and social impact that their product based solutions will make. They create products and systems and challenge expectation where appropriate by combining both practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of a variety of other external and emotional factors.

We aim to:

  • foster an interest and enjoyment in the understanding and use of Design & Technology
  • stimulate each student's curiosity about the world around her/him and about everyday objects, how they are made and function
  • encourage students to confront and discuss design and technological issues - both new and existing - as well as to consider ethical, moral and environmental aspects
  • equip students to be confident citizens in an increasingly technological world and look to the future with creativity and innovation
  • develop confidence in practical and problem solving activities with real life contexts
  • develop an enterprising attitude and to take risks where appropriate
  • see opportunities and make things happen
  • provide a sound basis for further technological study and entry to Design & Technology based professions

Currently at key stage 4 we offer our students the following subjects;

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition. The new GCSE specification is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical skills to ensure students have a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials.

The teaching of food preparation skills is integrated into 5 core topics:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

Theoretical knowledge is assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute examination and accounts for 50% of the GCSE.

Non-examination assessment (NEA) assesses students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients and is largely practically based with accompanying portfolios.

The 2 NEA tasks which are marked internally account for the remaining 50% of the GCSE.

AQA graphic products. This GCSE enable students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphical and modelling materials. Students will be enthused and challenge by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphical materials and their manipulation. This course has a 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within the subject.

AQA textiles. This GCSE design technology course is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. This course has a 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within the subject.

BTEC Award In Construction and the Built Environment level I/2.

Construction and the built environment is a large, diverse industry which employs about one in 14 of the U.K.'s working population. Careers in construction require individuals with industry knowledge and strong practical, creative and problem-solving skills. This course enables students to develop a theoretical and practical knowledge of the build environment alongside some practical skills. It enables them to engage with the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin the construction industry and explore the impact of design through research and application of their own ideas in response to a design brief.

If you have any queries regarding our Curriculum please contact Lesley Glover via or by using the Enquiry Form on the "school" link in the Contact tab above.