Design Technology

The Importance of Design and Technology

  • Design and Technology prepares students to participate in todays and tomorrow's rapidly changing technological world. 

  • Through Design and Technology all students can become critical and informed users of products, and become designers and innovators.

  • Students will learn to think and do something creative to improve the quality of life for everyone. 

  • Design and Technology is about students becoming self-motivated, creative ,problem solvers, and allows them to work both as individuals and as members of a team. 

  • We enter national and local competitions sponsored by Toyota and the Thames water.

  • We also have whole day technology days with solar cars, Mouse trap cars and designing a holiday village.

  • Students will look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of design ideas and by making and evaluating products and systems. 

  • In Design and Technology students will combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social issues, environmental issues, function, and industrial practices. 

  • Students will consider the use and effects of present and past Design and Technology. 

The Department Staff

Mr T Bailey - Technology Co-ordinator
Miss G Wilson - Technology Teacher
Mrs K Blain - Textiles
Ms C.Beadle - Food Technology

Department Accommodation

2 Woodwork workshops
1 Food Room
1 Textiles Room
1 Computer Graphics Room
1 Resource Room
1 CNC room with Laser, vinyl,  cutters and Sublimation printer.


Key Stage 3

Year 7 

Work on a carousel model with the same teacher teaching all the disciplines to introduce this subject to the students. Resistant Materials – Food, System and Control modules: each module is 6 weeks.

In years 7/8/9 students start working through the Designing and Making Attainment Target at level 3 – and aim to progress up to level 8 by the end of year 8. 

Year 8 

Food, Resistant Materials and System and control modules are taught over 8 weeks by specialist teachers. 

Year 9 

During this year - as preparation for GCSE – students will follow Graphics, Resistant Materials, Food. The year finishes with an introductory module for GCSE. 



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Key Stage 4

Year 9

Students choose 1 Design Technology course to specialise in – Catering Technology, Textiles Technology, or Resistant Materials Technology. Most of the specification is taught during this year through investigations, assignments, minor projects and practical work. The Major Project is started during the half term of the summer term. 

An A* - G GCSE grade can be gained in this subject. The examination is made up of 60% major coursework project and 40% from two written papers. 

Year 10

Two terms are spent completing the major project up to Easter. The remaining time is spent on revision for the two written final papers. 


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Key Stage 5

Year 12 

The AS level Design Technology can be taken in either Food Technology or Textiles or Resistant Materials. and Graphics

An A – E grade can be obtained at A2 level or AS level in four subjects. The examinations are made up of coursework, case studies and written papers. 

Year 13 

The A2 level Design Technology can extend AS to a full A level in the same subjects


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The Courses - Explained

Resistant Materials

Working with woods, metals and plastics to Design and Make products. Students will improve their skills so that they can make a variety of different things from a wide range of different resistant materials using a wide range of tools, equipment and machinery. 


Working with woods, metals and plastics to make engineered products. Also to learn Engineering Drawing skills and techniques to enable products to be designed. Students will develop skills by using a wide range of tools, equipment and machinery (CAD/CAM) to produce top quality products. 

Food Technology

Learning new skills and techniques whilst working with a variety of ingredients and equipment to develop new original products from basic recipes as in the food industry. Students test out their ideas with small quantities of ingredients to keep costs down. They then have to evaluate the results by formal tasting and record results in order to modify and improve the recipe for their final product. Students are required to bring their own ingredients and are given plenty of notice of what they need. 

Graphic Products

Graphic Design uses visual media to communicate a message. Graphic artists, often work in the commercial arena, creating images for large companies, such as logos and promotional items. A Graphic designer uses computers as well as paint and ink to manipulate images to advertise or display information creating a variety of products from two-dimensional solutions such as brochures or posters to three-dimensional design including graphics for corporate companies. Graphic Design can even extend to the creation of physical spaces (such as museum galleries) where a message must be communicated visually. Computer-aided design (CAD) has facilitated the growth of three-dimensional design.

Nevertheless, there is still demand for two-dimensional graphic design, which is often used for creating promotional displays in retail outlets, product packaging, logo design, print advertising, also work on the design and layout of magazines, newspapers, and other print publications.

Systems and Control Technology

Working with structures, levers, electronics, mechanisms, computer control and pneumatics to design and make products. Students will work with a wide range of equipment to improve their understanding of all things technological. 

Textiles Technology

Working with a variety of materials, staging the introduction of new techniques each year. While students follow a structured course they are always encouraged to personalise their products. This is an AQA exam

GCSE Design and Technology

A two year course leading to a pass grade from A* - G. The exam is based on 50% for one Major Project of your choice in the chosen area, and written papers of 50% each. This is an OCR exam