Design & Technology


Years 7 & 8 

In KS3 design and technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.   


Students in Years 7 & 8 follow a rolling programme, spending 8 – 10 weeks in a material area i.e. CAD/CAM – Computer aided Design / Computer aided Manufacture, Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles.  


Years 9 & 10 

Students begin a three year GCSE AQA course in Design & Technology which studies Resistant Materials or Textiles to produce a marketable Product at the end of year 11.  


In Years 9 & 10 students will begin to learn the skills and theory necessary to enable them to undertake a ‘Controlled Assessment Task’ which will begin during the year and continue into year 11and to sit a 2 hour theory Exam at the end of the course in Year 11  .


Students also have the option of studying a specialised food course called AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. 


The course focuses on practical cooking skills and helps students understand nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food. 


Year 11 

Students in Year 11 will concentrate on the ‘Controlled Assessment Task’ during the first part of the year. Using the skills learnt in years 9 & 10,and from a choice of set ‘Design Tasks’ they will Design and Make a Product suitable for their chosen Market. 


From Easter they will concentrate on the theoretical knowledge required to sit the Theory Exam in June. All students sit the same Exam paper. 


Design Technology  GCSE is made up of the following;- 

  • Controlled Assessment Task 50% 
  • Written Examination 50% 
  • The Food Preparation and Nutrition course is made up of two non- examined assessments (50%) as well as a 1 hour 45 minute exam (50%). 

Extra Curricular 

These include GCSE catch up club, and various workshops. 




Sixth form 

Controlled Assessment is a fundamental element of all the courses and therefore it is important that students choosing to study a Technology course have the ability to organise their own work and meet deadlines. 


In the Sixth Form, students can choose between AQA Product Design 3D Design / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) or A Level art & Design (Textile Design)