Yr 8:

Textiles Technology

Systems & Control (Mechanical)

Systems & Control (Electronic / PIC Programming)




At Key Stage 3:
What Is Design Technology?

The department consists of the following focused areas; KS3 Design & Technology; KS4 Design & Technology; Catering & Hospitality; Engineering; AS/A Level Design & Technology ( Product Design)

In KS3 Design & Technology students will focus on;

Yr 7:


Food Technology

Resistant Materials

Yr 9:

Product Design

Food Technology

Textiles Technology


The assessment process is based around the design and make assignments in each of the focused areas. Learners are assessed on their practical capability and on their knowledge and understanding of the material area.

Year 7


The introductory year is split into three very different assignments which are designed to provide a good insight into the

various aspects of Design & Technology study.  Each assignment has a different focus to enable learners to experience a wide

range of processes and skills based activities.


Year 7 Themes


Graphics – Fan Club merchandising – a suite of laser cut products

Food Technology – Snack Foods for a particular target market

Resistant Materials / Electronics – Fuse Tester  

Selection of Year 7 practical outcomes

Year 8


During Year 8 learners are introduced to Textiles and Systems & Control. The programme of  assignments are technically more advanced in order to provide an appropriate level of challenge for learners.


Year 8 Themes


Textiles – ‘Pugglies’ focusing on fabrics & their properties

Systems ( Mechanical) – Automata / Mechanical Toy

Systems ( Electronic) – Interactive Door Sign featuring PICAXE chip

‘Puggly’ toy

Automata Products

Interactive Door Sign

Year 9


During Year 9 learners are provided with opportunities in Product Design, Food and Textiles, providing a bridge to those topics at  KS4 and beyond.


Year 9 Themes


Product Design – CAD/CAM clocks

Food Technology – Sweet / savoury handheld product which has a multicultural theme

Textiles – i Wallet featuring laser image transfer 

Selection of Year 9 laser cut clocks


Pupils are assessed at each phase of the design and make task using a combination of formative and summative assessment methods. Homework is set regularly to correspond with subject knowledge requirements and the application of literacy and numeracy within D&T. Learning ladders are use within each focused area to provide a checklist of things which learners must satisfy in order to achieve a particular level. It is expected that within KS3, learners will progress at a rate of at least half a level each school year. 

At Key Stage 4:

At KS4 learners are able to study the following subject options;


Product Design – WJEC Specification


This GCSE course has two components, a controlled assessment task which accounts for 60% of the overall mark and a two hour written examination which has a weighting of 40%. At present candidates are able to sit the examination during the first year of the course ( Year 10) . The controlled assessment (CAT) must however, be completed during the final year. 


During year ten learners will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which will enable them to succeed in year 11.


Year 10 Focused Tasks


Clip Light – plastic forming techniques

‘Get the message’ – memo pad featuring a nature or wildlife theme (Laser Image Transfer)

Stylised Radio – mini CAT aimed at developing subject specific skills and knowledge

Stylised Radios

Year 11 Controlled Assessment Task (CAT)


Pupils are able to select from three design briefs which are set by the examination board each year. They must complete a ten hour design study and a twenty hour making task. This work accounts for 60% of the GCSE.

Practical outcomes from the 2013 CAT


Textiles Technology – WJEC Specification


Course assessment:


Coursework 60% ~ (180 marks) Controlled Assessment Task (30 hours in total).


Part A - Carry out an analysis of the problem, write a design specification, generate a range of ideas, develop a solution and produce the details of the final solution. (10 guided hours).

Part B - Plan the making process, carry out the making and evaluate project. (20 guided hours).

Both parts of the task have to comply with the controlled assessment rules.


Written Exam 40% ~ (120 marks) One two hour paper,  section A consist of four compulsory questions, relating to the world of design technology and focus area specific. Section B is four compulsory questions spaced on the Specification content.  These questions share a common focus within all areas of Design Technology.



Hospitality & Catering


Learners are expected to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the following aspects:


·      Food and Drink Industry

·      Job Roles

·      Health, Safety and Hygiene

·      Nutrition and Menu Planning

·      Costing and Portion Control


In addition, candidates are expected to demonstrate an extensive range of cooking skills.


The course comprises of two units;


Unit 1 – this consists of two controlled assessment tasks with a practical element which is worth 60% of the overall mark.

Unit 2 – 1.5 hour written examination which has a weighting of 40%

Afternoon Tea – part of the Year 10 practical assessment


BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Engineering


This vocational course gives learners an opportunity to gain a specialist work-related qualification in Engineering. The course is broken down into mandatory and optional units. Unit 1 is a mandatory unit, the remainder as noted below are examples of optional specialist units.


Mandatory Unit

1. Working safely and effectively in Engineering ( 5 credits)


Optional Units

2. Interpreting and using engineering information ( 5 credits)

10. Using computer aided drawing techniques in Engineering ( 10 credits)

18. Engineering marking out ( 5 credits)


In order to achieve the full award candidates would need to complete the mandatory unit and a combination of other units with a total value of 15 credits.

Examples of BTEC practical work

KS4 Support


There are opportunities for candidates to attend weekly coursework ‘catch up’ sessions in each of the KS4 options.  D&T staff are also available at designated times during the Easter holiday period to support a revision programme.

Outside Lesson-time:

At KS3 learners are encouraged to participate in some of the following;


F1 challenge – pupils design and make a model of an F1 racing car to compete in regional finals


STEM Club – this provides an opportunity for KS3 pupils to engage in a range of practical activities aimed at promoting an  interest in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.



At KS4 pupils are encouraged to take part in a number of challenges.


Ford Engineering Challenge – team challenge with an emphasis on working with others


Arkwright Scholarship Programme – pupils with an interest in studying the STEM subjects at Post 16 level are encouraged to apply to the scholarship programme.


F1 in schools – design and make a model F1 car to compete in regional finals.

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