Design Technology

Curriculum Overviews

Design & TechnologyEngineeringFood TechnologyResistant MaterialsTextiles


"Providing creative, practical learning experiences and skills to take pupils into adult life".  (Mr. P. Frame, Faculty Leader)

'Design and Technology is about making things that people want and work well.  Creating these things is hugely exciting.  It is an inventive and fun activity.'  (James Dyson: British Industrial Designer and inventor of the 'bagless' vacuum cleaner).  As a Design and Technology team, we endeavour to prepare pupils to participate in a rapidly changing society.  In our subject, pupils learn to think creatively and solve problems.  They learn to work independently and as part of a team.


Aims of Key Stage 3: 

Pupils at KS3 are taught on a carousel, where they study Materials and Electronics, Fashion and Textiles, Food and Nutrition, and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM).  Throughout the carousel pupils learn a range of practical skills within each of the subject areas through a range of focused practical tasks.  Pupils will also learn about the design process through challenging design tasks linked to the projects delivered within each area of Design and Technology.  By the end of Year 8 pupils will have acquired all of the skills identified within the National Curriculum and be fully prepared for the option of specialising in one of the areas of Design and Technology offered at KS4.


Aims of Key Stage 4:

At KS4 pupils have the option to select any of the areas of Design and Technology to specialise in. The options currently offered within Design Technology are:


Technical Awards (Year 9):

The Technical award qualifications are intended for learners aged 14-16 who are interested in working in a practical way within the context of the Design Technology area chosen, and wish to develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them for further study and employment within this sector. They will particularly appeal to learners who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.


  • Materials Technology Technical Award
  • Fashion and Textiles Technical Award
  • Food and Catering Technical Award


BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Engineering (Years 9, 10 & 11): 

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering has been developed for learners to have the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector and develop a range of personal skills and techniques. They can achieve a nationally recognised Level 1 or Level 2 engineering qualification that supports progression into a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship. It finally offers full-time learners the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical.


GCSE Design and Technology (Year 10): 

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Pupils will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Pupils will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.


GCSE Design and Technology - Textiles:


GCSE Product Design (Year 11):

Pupils will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible as the specification seeks to build upon the multimedia of the Product Design specification.

GCSE Product Design - Food

GCSE Product Design - Textiles

GCSE Product Design - Resistant Materials


Student Feedback: 

"Design & Technology is fun because we learn how to make lots of different things and it's great because we get to take them home." 


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