Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
During Year 7 and 8, students undertake design and make projects carefully selected to give them experience of working with a wide range of resistant materials and associated technologies such as Electronics and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.
In year 9 students gain a flavour of the GCSEs that are available to them in KS4. They experience short courses from Product Design, Construction and Engineering. This enables them to select the most appropriate Design and Technology course for further study. At Key Stage 4, pupils have the opportunity of selecting courses ranging from vocational to the more academic. These include the following:
AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design
This specification has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students undertake a single design and make activity which they select from a range of exam board-set tasks. The tasks enable students to focus on a design area and material that interests them and produce a portfolio of evidence.
The course enables student’s to develop skills in graphic techniques, presentation, product analysis, manufacturing and evaluation. GCSE Certification is gained by an external examination paper 40% and practical coursework accounting for 60%. Additional information about these qualifications can be found at:
Construction is currently offered as an option at Key Stage four.
Edexcel BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment
The BTEC Award gives students an opportunity to develop practical skills, broad knowledge and understanding of the construction sector. The coursework consists of 2 core, 1 mandatory and 1 optional specialist unit. This BTEC Award has units that are marked internally in school and a unit externally marked by the awarding body.
The units covered include: Construction Technology; Construction and Design; Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction and, depending on the project, pupils will follow a specialist optional unit from the following: Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques, Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques or Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques.
The following is also offered at present as a Key Stage four option:
BTEC First Award in Engineering
This course covers various technology systems and manufacturing processes and students learn how engineers and technicians use Maths, Science and Technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The main areas of study in this course are: The Engineered World; Investigating an Engineering Product; and Electronics Circuit Design and Construction. The course not only helps students develop an understanding of the different types of engineering, it also gives them the opportunity to improve their communication, testing and design skills.
A Level – AS and A2 Product Design
A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The course has 50% coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject. Additional information about these qualifications can be found at: