Design and Technology


“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Steve Jobs

Design and Technology is a unique mixture of practical and theory combining to give our students an experience unlike any other in the school. We offer modern and traditional skills that will not only help them to gain success in any future professions but will also help students with solving practical life skills and be able to become informed consumers. We are the subject for problem solvers; for dreamers; for people who like to be doing instead of sitting. We are creative like no other, as we have to make the products we design. Think iWatch, think Jaguar, think PlayStation 4, think D&T.


In Key Stage 3 all students are encouraged to increase their practical and design skills to a higher standard in preparation for taking the subject at KS4. Our goal is ensure every student exceeds their own expectations; to try new techniques and technologies and to learn how products are designed and manufactured. Design is a key feature of the nation’s future; modern manufacture is very competitive with only design and ideas being the difference between success and failure. It is the department’s goal to turn out creative and exciting designers who can produce workable, eco-friendly, sustainable and modern designs.


At KS4 students will follow the AQA Design and Technology syllabus. Assessment at the examination stage takes place through a controlled assessment task worth 50% of the overall grade and a written examination also worth 50%. All non-examinable assessment work is internally assessed and externally moderated. We aim to make the subject as close to the real world as we can. Students will have the opportunity to create their own design brief based on the contextual themes set by the examination board in June of each year; this encourages them to work independently and produce exciting and innovative products. As part of the making process, students learn traditional methods of communicating design through hand drawings and 3D prototype models. Students then progress to specialised 2D & 3D ICT design packages to cover CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture). By the end of the course, students should have a sound knowledge of theory, a coursework folio and practical prototypes that they can be proud of.

GCSE Design and Technology covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured a wide range of materials. As well as learning hand skills, students will use a range of industrial processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of two years students will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to the world of Design and Manufacture and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management. This area of study focuses on designing and making, using different materials and techniques. The course prepares students to manufacture design ideas to clients through using a range of materials, such as: softwoods and hardwoods, aluminum and mild steel and acrylic and HIP, paper, card, Styrofoam and MDF. Prototype models can be produced by hand as well as by CAD/CAM. Students are encouraged to make full use of our laser cutter, 3D printer and vinyl cutters in order to produce high quality prototypes.


In KS5 we offer a popular course for students who wish to continue their Design and Technology studies through a focus on Product Design. This is an opportunity for students to play a part in designing the future, as product design is an essential aspect of any modern economy and can transform our daily lives.

This course allows the students to stretch their creative and practical skills to the limit. The 2-year linear AQA A-level course is made up of three components consisting of two written examination papers and a non-examinable assessment which will consist of a practical portfolio of creative skills.  Students will have the opportunity to work from their own briefs with a client, providing the opportunity develop their skills to become informed and independent designers. As with the GCSE, the NEA is worth 50% of the overall grade; all NEA work is internally assessed and externally moderated.

This course is suitable for those who wish to use their creativity to produce innovative products and can lead to a foundation course in art and design or degree courses in creative areas as diverse as architecture, automotive design, industrial design, graphic design, games design, engineering, material sciences, surveying, interior design or of course product design.  The list is almost endless, with well over 3 million jobs directly related to Design and Technology subjects.  Students who are creative, inquisitive, enjoy problem solving and care about the environment then this is the career path for them. Students who are unsure should take a look at some of the work our KS5 students have produced.  In addition, the skills and techniques learnt on these courses will be invaluable, regardless of whether they continue on into the industry or not.


Head of Department: Mrs P Kelly
Teaching Staff: Mr J Kelly
Mrs K O’Loughlin
Sept 2019