Design Technology Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Miss C Brown the Curriculum Leader.

  • Miss C Brown - Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs V Thomas - Second in Department
  • Mrs R Gregory 
  • Mr P Greaves 
  • Mrs R Turner
  • Mr S Coghlan - Technician

The Design and Technology department offers 4 different Technology areas throughout KS3.  These are Food Technology, Graphical Products, Textile Technology and Resistant Materials. 

At Key Stage 3 Year 7 and 8 have three, 60 minute lessons over a two week timetable on an 10 week rotation. Year 9 have four lessons over a two week timetable again on an 10 week rotation. At the end of Year 9 all students choose either Food Preparation and Nutrition or Design and Technology to study at GCSE. At GCSE students have five lessons over two weeks. 

Key Stage 3


Student Activities Per Year Group


 Year 7

Resistant Materials Bag tag (MDF), hand held game. Materials found in Resistant Materials
Textile Technology Tie dye bag: develop an ideal school bag
Food Technology Exotic fruit tasting, fruit salad, dips and dippers, sticky chicken noodles, rice, cous cous or pasta salad, ragu sauce, pineapple upside down cake
Graphic Products Rendering in colour. Design and make Natural feast bar

 Year 8

Resistant Materials Key fob (Acrylic), ID tag (Aluminium). Design and make a themed clock, tools and equipment used in Resistant Materials
Textile Technology Decorative printing techniques and colour theory: design and make a useful product with given dimensions
Food Technology Bread, pizza, scones, pasta bake, bolognese, tray cake bake, savoury rice, fibre in cakes experiment
Graphic Products 2D techniques. Create the brand image and materials for a new film launch and promotion

Year 9

Resistant Materials Pen holder (acrylic and plywood), mobile phone/TV remote holder developed from final idea to product capable of being mass produced, joining techniques in Resistant Materials
Textile Technology Work of designers. Make a themed cushion cover. Machine decorative techniques, fastenings
Food Technology Knife skills, fajitas, lasagne, chicken curry, sweet or savoury pie, cheesecake, soft cheese, bread investigation, chelsea buns, carrot cake tray bake
Graphic Products 3D techniques (oblique and isometric), rendering in colour, design and make a greeting card, 3D graphics and colour enhancement 

Key Stage 4


We provide a high-quality design and technology education that should give students opportunities to create, innovate, design, make and evaluate a variety of high quality products that are fit for purpose. Students will continue to work on the technical skills and craftsmanship to execute practical tasks, thereby developing confidence to increase their skills, knowledge and competence in using materials, machinery, techniques and processes. Students develop their practical skills and use these safely with a range of resistant and non-resistant materials, drawing media tools and equipment, in both 2D and 3D. They are shown how to communicate their ideas and designs skillfully and accurately in 2D and 3D, using a variety of techniques, including digital technology, manufacture in a range of material areas and CAD. They should know about good design, everyday products and use correct technical terminology with Design & Technology literacy. They will be allowed to investigate and analyse the rich history of design and technological innovation and the work of others, including iconic designs, to inform their own work. They will be shown developments in design and technology and the responsibilities of designers, including environmental responsibilities.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Use of workshops with teacher supervision, Tournaments and Events.

How you can support your child’s progress:

Encourage all work to be completed to meet the set deadlines. Purchase of essential, advanced graphics equipment to ensure high quality presentation skills are developed. Purchase of the recommended revision material is strongly recommended to support all aspects of the course but in particular to aid the development of theoretical underpinning knowledge.  Regular revision of the resources on Moodle which support the work in class.





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Year 11

Sketching Skills, Projects & Theoretical Underpinning

Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 until June


Projects to include the following skills where appropriate:

Analysis, understand inspiration for design, Brief, product analysis, Sketching Skills, Research, user, client, Specification, sketching & generating ideas, Design Ideas generation & presentation skills, Development, 3D sketching / development,  Modelling, Working Drawings, accurate drawing of Final Design, Orthographic projection laser cutting, CAD, CAM, One off & batch manufacture, patterns (surface decoration) Finishing & Assembly, Evaluation, Testing, Presentation & Evidencing.


Theoretical Underpinning: Core Technical Principles: New and emerging technologies; Energy generation and storage; Developments in New materials; Systems approach to designing; Mechanical Devices; Materials and their working Properties. Timber, Plastics & Paper and Card: Selection of Materials or components; Forces and Stresses; Ecological and Social Footprint; Sources and Origins; Using and working with materials; Stock forms; Types and sizes; Scales of production; Specialist Techniques and processes & Surface treatment and finishes

Sketching skills to include:

  • Instruction regarding sketching equipment – pencil, fine line pens
  • All freehand sketching on A3 Paper- Sketching skills to include:
    • Basic 2D shapes
    • Basic Rendering using appropriate media – 2D shapes
    • Converting 2D to 3D basic shapes sheet
    • Basic rendering – 2D to 3D shapes
    • Enhancement using range of techniques – add pencil weight of line, fine line pen, outline pen, markers – colouring in, rendering (using light)
    • Isometric Sketching(examination prep only)
    • 2 Point Perspective sketching – boxes (demo)
    • 2 Point Perspective sketching – crating boxes and forming into shapes 2 Point perspective sketching 3D forms
    • Addition of shadows/linking boxes
    • Styrofoam modelling of pre-set product / form – to learn modelling skills

Term 3 June onwards

NEA Major Project

Theoretical underpinning: Specialist technical principles.

Contextual design challenges linking to NEA.

NEA Major Project:Portfolio, Research, Brief and Design Specification


Term 1 – NEA Major Project

NEA Major Project: Portfolio, Design Ideas, Development, Modelling, CAD skills, Further Development, Final Design concept, Modelling Final Design (CAD).


Term 2 – NEA Major Project

NEA Major Project: Portfolio, Completion of CAD, Evidence of CAD, Manufacture of Coursework, Finishing, Completion & Detailing of manufactured outcome, Submission of Portfolio & manufacture, Examination Preparation


Term 3 – Examination Preparation

Examination Preparation through test papers, questions, practise papers, use of textbook.

Practical Outcome (Formative & Summative): Research, Analysis, Design Ideas Sketching & Presentation skills, 3D Sketching, Initial Design Ideas, Development, Modelling, Final Design, CAD/ CAM skills, Finishing, Assembly, Components, Detailing, Testing and Evaluation, Manufacture & Quality of Finish.



Theoretical underpinning: Specialist Technical Principles.Each topic is assessed at the end using exam questions.

Core Technical Principles.

Each topic is assessed at the end.

Skills and extended writing tasks are assessed separately.

A mock exam is given at the end of the year which includes exam questions from each taught topic









Contextual challenge released on June 1st

AO1 Identifying & investigating design possibilities & Producing a Design Brief & Specification


Theoretical underpinning: Continue with Core technical Principles.

Each topic is assessed at the end using exam questions.

Skills and extended writing tasks are assessed separately.

A mock exam is given which includes exam questions from each taught topic


Generating Design Ideas, Developing Design Ideas, Realising Design Ideas, Modelling, Testing, Further Development, Final Design Solution, Planning for Manufacture, Design for CAD


AO2 Realising Design Ideas

AO3 Analysing and evaluating, realisation, finishing, assembling, Testing & Evaluation, Submission of final Portfolio & completed (working) manufactured work

Revision, Test papers/questions, examination practise.


Every student at Key Stage 4 must study a Design & Technology subject.

There are two different subject areas to choose from:


  • AQA GCSE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - with a specialism in one of the following:






Non-exam Assessment (NEA): 50%



  • Complete a range of assignments that respond to design situations
  • Develop a range of graphic/drawing techniques
  • Develop a range of modelling techniques and manufacturing processes
  • Use of computer graphics, computer aided design, computer aided manufacture
  • Develop an awareness of industrial practices

Non-exam Assessment (NEA) DETAILS: (50%)

Students must produce a Final Major Project which demonstrates their design, make and evaluation abilities.

  • 10% is allocated to practical work
  • 40% is allocated to research, design and evaluation

What is assessed:

Practical application of:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

How it is assessed

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approximately
  • 100 marks


What is assessed:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

How it is assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE


Section A - Core technical principles (20 marks). A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions

Section B - (30 marks)

Several short answer questions and one extended response

Section C - Designing and making principles (50 marks)

A mixture of short answer and extended response questions including a 12 mark design question.

The GCSE will be graded 9-1


  • Students will require drawing and writing equipment and an A3 folder
  • In some cases some students may wish to buy special materials of their own


Graphic Designer, Engineering, Advertising, Fashion, Interior Design, Architect, Product Design.

For further information see Mr Melling/Miss Brown.


Apprenticeships, Engineering, Architect, Product Design, Manufacturing Engineer, Construction.

For further information see Mr Melling/Mr Greaves.


Fashion Design, Interior Design, Theatrical Costume Designer, Retail “Buyer”, Trend Analysis, Merchandising, Textile Design, Marketing, Technologist: - garment, textiles or pattern writing, Fashion Promotion Stylist.

For further information see Mrs Akhtar/Miss Brown.






The new specification for Food Preparation and Nutrition equips you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and encouragement you need to learn to cook. The course will give you the ability to apply principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

The theory is divided into 5 key sections:

  • Food, Nutrition and Health
    • Food Science
    • Food Safety
    • Food Choice
    • Food Provenance


Task 1 Food investigation 15%

A written or electronic report (1,500-2,000 words) including photographic evidence.  Students looking at the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of food.

Task 2 Food preparation assessment 35%

Students to prepare cook and present a final menu of three dishes cooked within 3 hours.

A written or electronic report including photographs.


  • Students will sit one examination paper, of which there is a single tier
  • The exam will be 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • The GCSE will be grades 9-1
  • Multiple choice 20 marks
  • Five questions each with a number of sub questions 80 marks


Students must provide their own ingredients on specific dates.


Research and Development, Food Manufacture, Health and Safety, Product Design, Hospitality and Catering Industry, Food Science and Nutrition.

For further information see Mrs Gregory/Mrs Thomas.

Please see the images below for examples of GCSE controlled assessment projects that the students have created:

Design Technology - Key Stage 4