Design & Technology

Technology is committed to providing all pupils of all abilities with the opportunity to experience success. Through designing and making it is hoped that their confidence and self-esteem will be enhanced. Pupils will be encouraged to experiment and explore a range of ideas.

Aims of the Department:

  • To develop a pupils understanding of the world of design and consumer issues.
  • To develop a wide range of designing and making skills, in a range of materials.
  • To nurture and develop creativity within young people.
  • To encourage a risk taking approach, through modelling and prototyping.
  • To give pupils a range of life skills which can be used in their adult lives.
  • To ensure that pupils are highly challenged, and are independent learners/enquirers.

Key Stage 3 Projects and areas of Assessment

Year 7 & 8 pupils will have an opportunity to learn through 3 materials based projects.  Each project is approx. 18 hours and will develop skills knowledge and understanding in areas such as resistant materials, graphics, food technology and CAD/CAM. Pupils will design, make and evaluate using a range of different materials, tools and equipment.

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GCSE Engineering

Course Description

GCSE Engineering and Engineering (Double Award) enables students to develop skills and understanding which will be of use generally and as part of a progressive career path leading to further technical or academic engineering qualifications.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.



GCSE Food Technology

Course Description

Our fresh and exciting GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety.

Created with help from teachers and subject experts, it will inspire and motivate our students, opening their eyes to a world of career opportunities and giving them the confidence to cook with ingredients from across the globe.


Teaching & Learning

Practical cooking skills form a large part of the course. Knowledge of the principles of food and nutrition is divided into six strands:

  • Food Processes – Combining ingredients, Standard food components, scale of production, quality control, food contamination and bacteria, preservation, domestic and industrial equipment.
  • Marketing & Environment – Social issues, environmental and ethical issues, labelling, packaging.
  • Exam Techniques

These strands are taught through various tasks, which develop different skills such as research, planning, making and evaluating. There are also some stand alone activities to develop making skills and build confidence.

GCSE Graphic Products

Course Description

This Course is for students who enjoy designing and making products.
GCSE Graphic Products gives students the chance to learn about all aspects of the design process and to create a design project of their own brief.

The course inspires students to learn about materials, Components, production processes , industrial processes and the design cycle.

It also gives students the opportunity to find out about the social, Moral, ethical and environmental issues of product design.

Examination Information


Teaching & Learning

Creativity is a large part of the course and it has to be specifically taught. The course requires students to use various computer–aided design programmes such as a multi-purpose knife cutter, laser cutter and 3d plotters. Students will work independently which is part of the controlled assessment. The majority of skills will be developed through designing and making tasks. Year 10 will consist of various tasks which will stimulate the imagination. Students who enrol on this highly popular course will develop many transferable skills which they can utilise throughout their chosen career.

GCSE Resistant Materials

Course Description

Resistant Materials Technology is the design and making of a wide range of contemporary products using a range of materials such as wood, metal, plastics and smart/modern materials. You will combine hand making skills and modern manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to make creative high-quality products. Year 10 will provide students with the opportunity to develop creative designs, knowledge of materials and practical skills through a number of short projects before students complete a controlled assessment design and make project set by the exam board.

Examination Information

In Year 11 a controlled assessment lasting 45 hours will be undertaken. This will account for a possible 60% of the total marks with an examination accounting for the remaining 40%

Teaching & Learning

Students are encouraged to be creative and independent learners who can respond to design briefs with a clear understanding of consumer need, product form and function and the social, moral and environmental impact of their design decisions. Detailed product analysis plays a key role in the development of successful design solutions. Students are encouraged to discuss and evaluate their designs as they develop, and must be willing to improve and change ideas based on feedback received. Communication is vital to your success; this will be developed through discussion, sketching, modelling and the realisation of ideas through 3 dimensional manufacture. Students will develop a wide range of practical skills and must be confident with workshop tools and machines.

Extra Curricular Clubs

Students can take part in a number of clubs including Making Club, CAD/CAM and Graphics