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Design and Technology

Out of School Learning

Year 9 & 10 Construction

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Design & Technology Department


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 a 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 Technology is 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 , 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 Materials aims 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.

Current projects

Year 7

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

Textiles-Sock Monkeys with sound recorders,

Food- Introduction to food


Year 8

Resistant Materials- Robotics, Virtual design

Food- Healthy eating and multi- cultural cooking

Textiles-Dancing bugs with a small electric motor built inside


Year 9

Construction – Taster session

Hospitality and catering –Development of skills

BTEC Health and social care- Life stages unit 1

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


We offer GCSEs in Hospitality and catering, Construction and Health and social care. 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 Food Technology/ Hospitality and catering  new course 2018

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 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.

BTEC Tec awards in 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 .BTEC Technical awards in Health and Social Care can help you take your first steps towards a career in the care sector. 

BTEC Tech Awards are new skills-based qualification for students aged 14-16: equivalent in standard to and designed for study alongside GCSEs. BTEC Tech Awards give learners the chance to get a taste of what the sector is all about, explore different job roles and start building the technical skills and knowledge they’ll need to pursue a career in it.

The BTEC Tech Award for Health & Social Care is a hands-on course that gives learners a taste of what the sector is like, as well as the skills and confidence to succeed in their next steps. With the new BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care, learners can get to know the core care values, develop valuable skills and explore potential careers.

As the BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a practical introduction to life and work in the sector, learners will be able to:

•develop their knowledge and understanding of the sector.

•appreciate the importance of care values.

•analyse and evaluate their skills.

The course has two internally assessed components, and one that’s externally assessed: These components build on each other to motivate learners by helping them put what they’ve learned into practice and grow in confidence. Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development, Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values, Component 3 – Health and wellbeing.

GCSE Engineering  New course 

WJEC Level 1/2 Awards in Engineering offer an experience that focuses on learning through application, i.e. acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding through tasks set in sector or subject contexts from the world of Engineering and that have many of the characteristics of real work.

Each qualification is built from discrete units and the qualifications have been devised around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning where learners are introduced to a context for learning, review previous learning to plan activities, carry out activities and review outcomes and learning.

The course contains a balance of development and knowledge requirements some of which is theoretical and the demonstration of practical skills. Students will make use of the facilities provided in the Design and Technology Department to carry out any practical activities. The qualification has been designed to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 3, particularly skills related to literacy, numeracy, use of technology and design. You will need to be performing at a level 6 in Maths and Science in order to feel confident in succeeding in the subject as the examination unit 3 requires and good level of understanding in both.


Unit 1: Engineering Design: Internally Assessed = 30 Guided Learning Hours


Unit 2: Producing Engineering Products: Internally Assessed = 60 Guided Learning Hours


Unit 3: Solving Engineering Problems: Externally Assessed = 30 Guided Learning Hours


Miss E Powell - Teacher of Food Technology

Ms L Street - Teacher of Food Technology

Mr K O'Connor - Teacher of Construction

Mr A Goodyear - Resistant Materials Technician

Mrs L Baker - Food Technician 

Extra-curricular activities

Clothes Show Live NEC Snibston Discovery Centre West Midlands Safari Park Hereford Boarder Oak Company

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