Design & Technology


Design and Technology, at Key Stage 3, is an exciting interactive subject that integrates students of all levels and
abilities through a varied range of projects and activities. Both boys and girls will work, at times, as part of a group
whilst also developing individual skills in all areas of the subject in their own project. In years 7, 8 and 9, all students are taught one double period of Design and Technology each week.

Each student will cover the area of Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Textiles, Electronics and Food Technology. Over the course of the three years all students undergo a range of projects which cover a range of designing and technological skills which fully prepare the students for GCSE Design Technology, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition and GCSE Media Studies.

Projects include traditional metalworking and woodworking based experiences whilst also focusing on the new computer based facilities at times to give a fine balance between the old and the new. Practical skills are complemented by theory knowledge of the five Technology areas which should give a sound all-round approach to problem solving in the future years.


The following projects are included in the programme that we are currently following:

(New facilities incorporated into the department over the Summer will allow us to integrate Electronics into the KS3 rotation, starting September 2018)

Resistant Materials:
 Desk Tidy
Graphic Products: Pop Up
Textiles: Ugly Dolls Hand Sewing
Food Studies: Kitchen Skills and Hygiene and Safety

Resistant Materials:
 Maze Game
Graphic Products: Movie Madness
Textiles: Sustainable Bag For Life
Food Studies: Sustainability and Nutrition

Resistant Materials:
Graphic Products: Blister Packaging
Textiles: Street Art E-Textiles LED Cap
Food Studies: Food preparation and Nutrition Skills and Techniques


GCSE Design Technology

GCSE Design Technology is a new course we are running this year. This GCSE has moved away from the fundamental design and make projects and has more emphasis on skill based learning, covering all specialisms in Design Technology. Students will undergo a coursework project in their second year of the course and it will be completely their choice what they do and what specialism/s they would like to focus on. Once student’s receive the brief they can design and make projects/prototypes such as from coffee table, skateboard ramp, comfortable seating, E-textiles garments and packaging for products or they can combine the specialisms and make a product requiring the skills from either Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphics.

As long as the project is achievable in the school workshops, can be completed in the time available and within the students budget then it can go ahead. This allows for students to pursue their own individual passions and interests. The course consists of short learning tasks, skill based learning and mini projects in Year 10, and then the controlled assessment in Year 11. The breakdown is: - Project: 50% of GCSE marks Exam: 50% of GCSE marks. 

Practical work will also include investigation of the targets markets, different types and uses of materials and analysing consumers' opinions. In the current employment climate there isn't a job or any opportunity that doesn't demand such a quality. It is a creative course that combines Art with Design and Technology.

This is an Ideal preparation for AS Technology courses or post-16 design courses.
It is good preparation for careers in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Building
  • Architecture
  • Product design and development
  • Craft based career opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising
  • Interior design
  • Visual media
  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Design Technology
  • Teach design technology
  • Textiles production
  • Retailing

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

This course is intended for students who wish to develop their skills and techniques, specialising in the use of food materials. Students will extend their knowledge and understanding of food components and apply this knowledge in a practical context in the making of food products. Practical work will also include investigation of the functional properties of food products and sensory and nutritional evaluation. Students will have the option of paying for ingredients termly at the school or they can provide their own ingredients for practical lessons. The course consists of lots of skill based learning, science experiments and building on students practical capabilities. In Year 11 they will be required to complete two courseworks (NEA1: 15% and NEA2: 35%) and an Exam worth 50% in June.

This course is ideal preparation for anyone wishing to study nutrition, catering or hotel management, teach technology or follow a career in the service industry for example:

  • Chef
  • Baker or Pastry Artist
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Hospitality Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Bed & Breakfast Owner
  • Cookbook Author
  • Food Entrepreneur
  • Professional Food Forager
  • Research Chef
  • Restaurant Publicist
  • Agricultural or Food Science Technician
  • Food Scientist or Technologist
  • Food Photographer

Areas of the Food Industry you could potentially have a career in:

  • Research
  • Aquaculture
  • Buying
  • Sales
  • PR
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Butchery
  • IT
  • Technical & Quality
  • Production Operations
  • Engineering
  • Health & Safety
  • Packaging
  • New Product Development
  • Agriculture
  • Supply chains and logistics


BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production - Subsidiary Diploma in Print Based Media

The Course Outline:
This course is for students who wish to develop graphic, written, presenting, in order to enter the media industry. Students undertake three mandatory units and up to four optional units over the two year course. They are introduced to all aspects of the publishing industry - technology, printing methodology, media theory, legislation, writing and editing graphics.

Mandatory Units:

  • Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Optional Units include: Understanding the Print-Based Media Industries
  • Producing Print-Based Media
  • Page Layout and Design
  • Digital Graphics for Print

The course is coursework based with a variety of practical elements including everything from professional prints of work to reflective essays to producing magazine/newspaper layouts. You will have 6 lessons of 50 minutes class time each school week with a subject specialist. At the end of the second year there is a final production assignment which will be showcased.

Career Opportunities:
After successful completion of the course they could progress to university or enter a wide range of employment
opportunities within the media industry. Students could also go onto a degree/training across a wide range of disciplines, including broadcasting, film, digital industries, journalism, media production, design, marketing and events, and media performance.

Entry Requirements:
Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English at grade C and preferably a technology subject at grade C or above). Students must be creative, self-motivated practitioners who are willing to challenge and pursue their own ideas, thoughts and interests during the mandatory and optional units.

A-Level Art and Design Graphic Communication

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills, as defined in Overarching knowledge, understanding and skills, in the context of their chosen area(s) of Graphic communication. Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • Understanding of meaning, function, style, scale, colour and content in relation to the chosen area(s) of Graphic communication
  • Awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of Graphic communication
  • Ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need in the chosen area(s) of Graphic communication
  • Appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief
  • Appreciation of the appropriate use of typography (which could include hand lettering and calligraphy)
  • Understanding of a variety of materials and genres appropriate to their chosen area(s) of Graphic communication

Areas of Study
Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Graphic communication, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

Interactive media (including web, app and game design):

  • Advertising
  • Packaging design
  • Design for print
  • Illustration
  • Communication graphics
  • Branding
  • Multimedia
  • Motion graphics
  • Design for film and television.

Knowledge and understanding
Students must show knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
  • How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of Graphic communication
  • Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
  • Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Graphic communication
  • A working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Graphic communication.




Examining Body

GCSE Design Technology


GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition


GCSE Media Studies





Examining Body

A level Art and Design Graphic Communication



Enrichment Activities

Design Technology offer a variety of extra-curricular activities after school, giving students the opportunity to develop their skills in allow areas.

Clubs that are on offer are:

  • Cooking Club
  • Lego Club
  • Graphics Club
  • Bicycle Repair Club
  • GCSE catch up Sessions


  • Skills Show at NEC
  • Textiles V& A Museum
  • Sky
  • France Residental (Food Studies)
  • Mars Enterprise Challenge


  • Junior Masterchef
  • Future Chef
  • Mars Enterprise Challenge


The following facilities are available to our students:

  • Lasercutter (October 2018)
  • 3D Printing (October 2018)
  • Electronics Station
  • New Food room Facilities (September 2018)
  • Two Computer Suites
  • Specialist classroom facilities for Graphics/Textiles/Resistant Materials/Electronics and Food Studies


Miss D Horn

Head of Design Technology & Food Specialist -

Mr R Samuel

Deputy Head of Design Technology & DT Specialist

Mr J Johns

Deputy Head of Year 10 & Resistant Materials Specialist

Mr A Hassan

Graphics Specialist

Mrs R Sihra

Food and Textiles Technician

Mr I Hebden

DT Technician