In Design & Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to Design and Make products and systems that meet human needs. KS3 pupils work in Electronics, Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles, combining knowledge and understanding of materials with creativity to make quality products. At KS4 options offer pupils the choice of studying a material area in greater depth or choosing a new subject that they are interested in. The Department offers GCSE Product Design in Electronics, Resistant Materials and Textiles, GCSE Catering and Child Development and BTEC Health & Social Care.

Staffing and Responsibilities

  • M Baguley – Head of Department, KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • K Price – 2nd in Department i/c KS3, KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • C. Mills – KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • D. Mahon – KS3 & 4 Teacher
  • D. Warner – D&T Technician
  • M. Lowke – D&T Technician

Design and technology has a statutory programme of study at Key Stage 3. The statutory programmes of study are an important element of the wider curriculum and establish the core entitlement for all pupils.

In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

During the key stage pupils are offered opportunities that are integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with different design concepts and processes within the different material areas provided in this subject. The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to:

  • analyse products to learn how they function
  • undertake focused tasks that develop knowledge, skills and understanding of design and make assignments.
  • engage in design and make assignments including for purposes and uses beyond the classroom
  • work individually and in teams, taking on different roles and responsibilities
  • work with designers and makers where possible to develop an understanding of the product design process
  • use ICT as appropriate for image capture and generation; data acquisition, capture and handling; controlling; and product realisation
  • make links between design and technology and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: Year 11 Catering (Single Award)

Exam Board: WJEC GCSE

Controlled Assessment   60%   120 marks

Two practical tasks internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated. 45 hours work.

Written exam paper   40%   80 marks

Externally set and marked. All questions and all GCSE grades will be covered by one exam. 1¼ hrs.

This course will give an opportunity to develop knowledge and extend practical catering skills in a vocational context.

Pupils will be encouraged to develop Key Skills and a capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

It is particularly suitable for candidates who want a broad background in catering, either for further education or the world of work.

Students should be interested in food preparation, well organised and able to bring in food ingredients most weeks. They should have a basic proficiency in Maths and English and have the motivation to work independently.

Students will study:

  • The industry – food and drink
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Costing and portion control
  • Specialist equipment
  • Communication and record keeping
  • Environmental consideration

Students will be expected to:

  • Provide their own ingredients
  • Complete all written tasks and controlled assessment
  • Meet deadlines
  • Wear chefs’ whites, an apron and hat (all supplied by school) during practical lessons
  • Comply with Health Safety and hygiene rules

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: Child Development

Exam Board: OCR GCSE

Controlled Assessment: 60%

Examination: 40%

This course concentrates on the growth and development of babies and children up to the age of five years.

You will study:

  • pre-conceptual care
  • parenthood, pregnancy and birth
  • nutrition and health
  • physical development of children from birth to five years
  • intellectual, social and emotional development of children up to the age of five years
  • safety

Controlled assessment will include 3 short tasks as well as a child study.It would be beneficial for pupils who are studying Child Development to know a child between the ages of birth and four years.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: Electronic Products

Exam Board: AQA GCSE

Controlled Assessment: 60%

Examination:  40%

The new specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of electronic components with appropriate materials to package the electronic circuit. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical opportunities this Specification offers. The packaging of the electronic circuit can include individually designed cases made from a range of resistant materials, textiles, card or recycled materials.

Alternatively, candidates can purchase a commercially made case and modify the case to meet their project needs.

  • Electronic components and circuits
  • CAD/CAM and PCB manufacture
  • Materials and their properties (wood, metal, plastic)
  • Components, systems, testing, ICT

The Controlled Assessment will be the production of a concise design portfolio (minimum 20 sheets of A4) and a practical outcome.  Popular practical items chosen and produced have included intruder alarm, metronome, Cycle lights and electronic dice.  Candidates are required to have a good understanding of mathematics (level 5 and above) in order to be able to understand the frequent calculations involved. Candidates should also have an interest in developing their practical skills and a flair for being creative.

Design Technology: Product Design Resistant Materials

Exam Board: AQA GCSE

End of Course Examination: 40% of Grade – 2hours

The course is based on the use of the Design Process to produce 3D products using a either a resistant material (wood, plastic, paper or card)

Resistant materials students will study properties & uses of a variety of different types of wood & plastics and how they are used to manufacture products.

All students will study the properties & uses of paper & card related to the material area they are studying for. eg labelling, packaging for products and how simple packaging is produced for different products

All students will study the following areas relating to their chosen material:

Manufacturing techniques

  • Production techniques – Mass, Batch products etc.
  • The use of CAD/CAM to manufacture products
  • The influence of known designers on the design and development of products
  • The tools, equipment and materials used to make products
  • Health & SafetyPackaging & Marketing of products
  • Environmental, social and cultural issues that influence design

The Controlled Assessment task will be set by the exam board. The task requires approximately 45 hours of work to produce a concise portfolio of about 20 sheets of A3 paper and a finished 3D product made from resistant material (wood, plastic)

Tasks include:

  • A product based on a 20th Century designer
  • A toy or game for a child e.g. a construction toy made from wood or dressing up outfit in fabric
  • Self assembly products – furniture, shelving, display products
  • Natural influence e.g. bird boxes or feeders

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: Textiles

Exam Board: AQA GCSE

Controlled Assessment – Designing & Making: 60% of Grade

End of Course Examination: 40% of Grade – 2hours

This course enables students to develop their creativity designing and making products in fabric.

Textiles students will study:

  • Designing and making
  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Dyeing and printing
  • Embellishment
  • Components
  • Health and Safety
  • Manufacturing Techniques
  • Production Techniques- Mass, batch products etc
  • The use of CAD/CAM to manufacture products
  • The tools, equipment and materials used to make products
  • Environmental, social and cultural issues that influence design

The Controlled Assessment task will be set by the exam board. The task requires approximately 45 hours of work to produce a concise portfolio of about 20 sheets of A3 paper and a finished 3D product made from fabric:

Tasks include:

  • Home furnishings
  • Clothing
  • Designing from nature
  • Cultural Textiles
  • Children’s toys/clothing