Design and Technology


Design and Technology

Curriculum Area and Curriculum Lead(s)

Design & Technology Department

Mrs E Gregory  
Curriculum Leader/Teacher of Textiles, Health & Social Care.

Curriculum Area vision and general information about the CA e.g. successes and strengths

We are a dynamic Faculty with a purpose built, state of the art Design Centre. Our aim as a department is to raise the aspirations of young people of all abilities by educating them to the highest measurable standards equipping them for life and work in a modern technological world; to this end, to exploit current and further technology to the full; to give intellectual and vocational advantage to all, to promote an educational culture which is artistic and technological, vocational and international.

To achieve this department has an industrial catering kitchen for KS4 and a KS3 kitchen, we have a purpose built construction room as well as a traditional resistant materials room which houses a hot working area. The department has a light box room where textiles are delivered as well as a break out area for design and independent work using laptops.

In our department students will be given training in the use of our powerful 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, and there will be opportunities to use CAD and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) in the project work throughout KS3 and KS4.

Homework plays an important area in the development of the students and the progress they make. Students are required to complete all homework set within a week, frailer to do this will lead to an after school detention set by the teacher.

KS3 provision summary e.g. topics covered, links to SOW/overviews and homework

Textiles is an area of the school curriculum where you can design creatively and make exciting, unique fashion or furnishing products. We print, dye, manipulate fabrics and also use computers to help with design ideas.  Here in Textiles we want our learners to reach their full potential.  We help them to achieve this by offering a wide variety of projects which enable them to develop exciting and individual products and designs. (Please see schemes of work for projects and skills taught)

Food Technologyis a popular subject which is taught throughout KS3 and available as a GCSE option for KS4 learners. There are two well equipped, purpose built Food Technology rooms. Both rooms are air conditioned and there is a large walk-in fridge for the safe storage of food ingredients. We have two specialist Food Technology Teachers and one Food Technician. As part of Technology, throughout year 7, 8 ,9 learners experience approximately 18 weeks of Food Technology.  The course provides all learners with the opportunity to learn how to cook, as well as make informed decisions about their diet and health (Please see schemes of work for projects and skills taught)

Resistant Materialsaims to engage both Boys and Girls in an innovative design challenge. Taught at KS3 and KS4. The aim is to provide each and every student with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of a broad range of practical skills and techniques both graphically on paper, Computer aided design and in relation to actual resistant materials i.e. metal, plastic and wood. Resistant Materials Technology is a popular subject and students have the opportunity to be creative and independent.

2016/17 current projects

Year 7

Resistant materials- Alternative Energy (sola panel cars, wind turbine), Structures

Textiles-Sock Monkeys with sound recorders, Monsters with lights

Food- Introduction to food

Year 8

Resistant Materials- Robotics, Virtual design

Food- Healthy eating and multi- cultural cooking

Textiles-What’s in a tin can? Compaction on design and make

Year 9

Construction – Taster session

Textiles-Day of the dead with electronics

Food –Development of skills

KS4 provision summary e.g. topics covered, links to SOW/overviews and homework

We offer GCSEs in Food Technology, Construction, Resistant Materials and Textiles Technology. Our students regularly achieve good GCSE grades and produce some exceptional coursework across all the specialisms. Moderators from the exam boards praised the high standards achieved by the students and the creativity of the work produced.

GCSE Textiles

On this course students will learn about many aspects of both creative and technical textiles. Initially students will take on the role of fashion/textile designer, learning a range of illustration and presentation techniques including CAD, which will enable them to communicate their design ideas effectively.

The course will include developing their knowledge of fibres and how they are used to construct fabrics. Students will learn a variety of techniques for decorating and colouring textiles and also extend a range of practical and construction techniques which will enable them to make the textile products you design during the course.

In year 10, creative, practical and technical skills and knowledge are all further developed through your first GCSE coursework project, during which they will design and make an accessory.

In year 11, all the practical and creative skills developed during year 10 will be enhanced to enable students to research, design and create a textile product of your choice with guidance from a design brief set by the exam board and their teacher. Students will also produce a course work project to support this. Students knowledge of the technical and practical textiles skills and processes developed throughout the course will then be tested in the exam at the end of year 11. After school sessions are also offered to help to enrich their experience

GCSE Food Technology

Food Technology is a popular option for students with a genuine interest in food. The course is broken into two units and there is an equal mix of practical and theory work, with students generally cooking once a week. Students need to be well motivated and organised. An essential requirement of the subject is the ability to supply ingredients to enable students to develop their cookery skills. The theory based lessons will prepare students for their exams and increase their overall knowledge and understanding in a range of different areas.

During the weekly practical sessions students will have the opportunity to improve their cooking skills and develop new and exciting products. Practical lessons have a focus each week but allow for individual choice and flair. Students will be required to bring in or contribute to the cost of ingredients for practical lessons. After school sessions are also offered to help to enrich their experience

GCSE Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials is a new course which, in common with other Design and Technology options, will enable you to develop students designing and making skills, as well as giving them insights into industrial production processes.

During the course students will examine how many commercial products are designed and made, they will complete several projects with the emphasis on designing for manufacture The projects in Year 10 will allow students to develop their skills with a variety of materials including paper/card, woods, metals and plastics. The projects will also introduce theory work required for the final examination and will provide opportunities for working as individuals.

In Year 11 students will design and make a high quality product which will be assessed to give 60% of your final GCSE grade. They will also continue working towards the final examination, using the knowledge that they gain through designing and making. Throughout the course, they will be expected to communicate their ideas through sketches, drawings, notes and models, using computers where appropriate to develop, present and manufacture your design solutions.

Students will be given training in the use of our powerful 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, and there will be opportunities to use CAD and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) in the project work throughout Years 10 and 11. After school sessions are also offered to help to enrich their experience particularly in the workshop and with Computer based designing.

GCSE Construction

WJEC Level 1/2 Awards in Constructing the Built Environment offer a learning experience that focuses learning for 14-19 year olds through applied learning, i.e. acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding through purposeful tasks set in sector or subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work.

Each qualification is built from discrete units, but allows for both synoptic learning and assessment. Each unit has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose is the vehicle through which the learning contained in the unit is made relevant and purposeful. It is also the means by which learners are enthused, engaged and motivated to study how buildings are constructed. The applied purpose provides the opportunity for authentic work related learning, but more than this, it will require learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment.

Prior learning and progression

There is no specific requirement for prior learning with this specification. The qualification has been designed to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 3, particularly skills related to literacy, numeracy, problem solving and enterprise.

WJEC Level 1/2 Awards in Constructing the Built Environment have been designed to develop in learners the skills needed for progression from Key Stage 4 and GCSE learning to further education, employment and training.

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as in maths and the sciences, could provide the learner with opportunities to access a range of qualifications including GCE, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications. 

NCFE Creative crafts Year 10   NEW COURSE 2016

The NCFE Level 2 Certificates in Creative Studies: Craft are complementary Technical Awards and the vocational equivalent of GCSE qualifications. Both are aimed at 14-16 year olds studying their Key Stage 4 curriculum who are interested in any aspect of craft, including researching ideas and working with different tools and materials.

The qualifications have been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects and are appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences.

Students may choose either textiles or resistant materials as your chosen area to study. During this time you will learn -

  • to research ideas and use various sources
  • how to explore a range of media and materials
  • the effectiveness of building a portfolio of ideas
  • how to respond to a brief or theme
  • the effectiveness of experimentation.

Assessment is the process of measuring a learner’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification. The assessment for the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Craft consists of 2 types of assessment:

  • Internal assessment – portfolio of evidence. This will be graded by centre staff and externally moderated by NCFE.
  • External assessment – assignment. This will be graded by NCFE this is a 30 hour practical exam.

KS5 provision if relevant

BTEC Health and Social Care

As we are aware there is a national shortage of qualified care professionals therefore we offer a BTEC in health and Social care level 2 and level 3. BTEC Firsts in Health and Social Care can help you take your first steps towards a career in the care sector. You’ll learn essential skills such as understanding people’s rights and needs, working with individuals, families and carers, and providing therapeutic activities

Units offered include health and social care values, equality and diversity, individual rights, healthy living and communication skills. At level 3 students are required to do a placement within the care sector.


Mrs E Gregory - Curriculum Leader/Teacher of Textiles, Health & Social Care.

Miss E Powell - Teacher of Food Technology

Ms L Street - Teacher of Food Technology

Mr D Haylock - Teacher of Resistant Materials

Mr J O'Connor - Teacher of Construction

Mrs T Moss  - Teacher of Health and Social Care KS4/5

Mr A Goodyear - Resistant Materials Technician

Mrs N Flaherty - Food Technician

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