Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and in the wider world.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They work in a range of domestic and local contexts, for example the home, health, leisure, and culture. During Year 8 pupils are also encouraged to take part in the IET Faraday Challenge.

Year 7 projects

  • Laminated wooden serving spoon
  • Aluminium and copper oil burner
  • Group manufacturing: electronic quiz game.

Year 8 projects

  • Oak and aluminium coat hanger
  • Acrylic earphone holder
  • Major design project: an audio docking station.

Year 9 projects

  • Pewter casting a decorative item
  • Food on the go
  • Major design project: a clock or sundial.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11 – GCSE)

GCSE Design and Technology encourages pupils to develop their individual design style through a wide range of open design contexts. Design opportunities are structured to promote highly creative and technically advanced products in a wide variety of media. Key focuses include the development of illustration, physical modelling and 3D CAD design skills to aid vibrant and fast moving design decisions.

Year 10 projects

  • Laser cutting and 3D printing of a headphone storage system
  • Pewter casting
  • Cardboard engineering of a coin sorter
  • Memphis design movement display system.

Year 11 projects

The majority of Year 11 is used to complete the major design project that responds to a design context set by the examination board. By exploring design opportunities and recording their thoughts in a design portfolio pupils will ultimately produce a high quality final product.

To support the pupils in preparation for the final examination a scheduled programme of theory tasks and tests are used to monitor progress and identify areas for development.

The GCSE Design and Technology is assessed via two components, 50% being a three part examination paper, and 50% for the major design project in Year 11.