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Design & Technology

Aims of the Department:

To develop the designing and making skills of the students through the knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and techniques.


The students are taught in mixed class groups, which are organised in a rota system, covering the areas of Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles Technology (following the National Curriculum Programmes of study levels 3-9).


Students will choose a specific area to work within (Product Design or Textiles Technology) and will undertake a two year course of study culminating in the production of a folder of work supported by practical items.  Assessment is in the form of a written exam (50% of marks) and coursework (50% of marks).


Key Stage 3 students work though a variety of modules to design and produce an assorted range of products.  Modules include polymers, timber, structures, mechanisms, graphics and CAD/CAM.

Key Stage 4 students study processes leading to a production of a designed product as part of the GCSE coursework. 


This course is designed as an introduction to the construction industry.  Students work towards a BTEC Award in Construction (Level 2).

Students will progress through a variety of units including:

  • Construction Technology
  • Construction and Design
  • Maths and Science in Construction

They will also undertake practical work in bricklaying and trowel skills and carpentry and joinery skills.

Although materials and equipment will be supplied, students will be expected to provide their own protective clothing i.e boiler suit and steel toe-capped boots.

Food Technology

Key Stage 3

Food Technology at Key Stage 3 involved designing and making using a variety of ingredients to create a range of products.  During years 7,8 & 9 students work at providing written and practical solutions to design briefs issued.  These conform to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

Textiles Technology

Key Stage 3

Textile Technology at KS3 involves the designing and making of a range of textile products with the safe use of the sewing machine and hand sewing in both the construction and embellishment of the products.  The course is delivered through differentiated design brief, which conform to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

Key Stage 4

Textiles Technology is an option subject at KS4.  The student is given a choice of project outlines based on fashion or interior design and must produce a design folder and a textile product.  The final exam will test the application of the knowledge and understanding of textile materials, components, processes and techniques including industrial practice, CAD, CAM and ICT.