Design and Technology

Welcome to the Design and Technology Department 

Who We Are

Mrs C Nicol - Curriculum Leader

Mr S McNaughton

Mr A Field

G Bell

E Kalatzis

H Matthews 

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Autumn Term

Blister Packaging

The Blister packaging project is an introduction to DT as a subject and provides students with the opportunity to develop their graphic drawing skills to produce a piece of packaging for an existing product.

Introduction to health and safety.  Introduction to DT.  Graphic Techniques.  What are resistant materials? Introduction to plastics.  Project introduction.  What is a brief?  Understanding branding.  Methods of research.  Product Analysis.  Using research to influence designs.  Design development.  Evaluating designs against brief.  Introduction to processes and techniques.  Vacuum forming.  Using a Coping saw. Final project.  Design and make a blister packaging for an existing product.  Evaluate final product against brief and designs.

Spring Term

Travel Game

Students will be given the opportunity to design and make a wood and acrylic travel game. The focus for this project is practical skills and manufacturing within specific specifications.

Introduction to timbers and wood theory.  Selection of materials.  Understanding timber properties.  Manufacturing.  Health and safety recap.  Using a Pillar drill and disk sander.  Following step by step process.  Working accurately.  Problem solving.  Introduction to CAD/CAM.  Computer aided design using 2d design program.  Computer aided manufacture using the laser cutter.

Summer Term


The judder project provides students with the opportunity to explore electronics and a systems approach to design.

Introduction to electronics.  Basic series and parallel circuits.  Current.  Voltage.  Resistors.  The Design Process.  Sources of research and inspiration.  Using a mood board to support creativity.  Development of design ideas.  Manufacturing.  Using Jigs to improve accuracy.  Introduction to soldering technique and safety.  Quality control checks.

Year 8 - Autumn Term

Wooden Jewellery Project

This project enables students to build on prior knowledge and experience from year 7. By developing practical and design skills to create a piece of wooden jewellery inspired by a 20th century design movement.

Health and Safety refresher.  Working in the workshop.  Using of machines.  Key technical vocabulary. Introduction to the project.  Understanding 20th century design movements.  Using chosen movement to influence design.  Introduction to brief.  Design specification.  Target market.  Design development. Production plan.  Manufacturing.  Use of veneers.  Forstner drill bits.  Finishing techniques

Spring Term


This is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore new technologies and gain an understanding of how and where robots are used in the world today.

Introduction to the project.  What is a robot?  Where and why are robots used?  System inputs and outputs.  Basic electronic components.  Introduction to programming.  Using flowcharts to program subroutines.  Programming a microbot.

This is an independent learning project supported by the teacher students work through set tasks and challenges to explore and expand their understanding of programming.

Summer Term

Pewter Casting Project

This is the first opportunity for students to work with metal to create a pewter cast product.

Introduction to the project.  Health and safety of working with the brazing hearth.  Understanding the working properties of pewter.  Following the casting process.  Design work.  Understanding what a culture is.  Learning about different cultures and using them to influence design ideas.  Development of design.  Building on prior knowledge of using 2D design to create a mould for the casting.  Understanding the importance of following a plan to create a product.  Evaluation of practical against specification.


Key stage 4 

Examination Board: AQA

An exciting new addition to the Design Technology options alongside Resistant Materials and Engineering isGCSE Product Design. This creative and rewarding course builds on the previous Graphics GCSE and allows pupils to work in a greater range of media and materials that best suit their strengths and allows them to design and make a wider range of original and high quality products both 2D and 3D.

Pupils will have the opportunity to learn a range of new skills using dedicated computer design software and laser cutting technology as well as traditional methods of creative expression.

Assessment: 60% controlled assessment, 40% written examination.

Progressions: This course provides an excellent platform from which to progress on to the successful A level Product Design course.

Examination Board: Edexcel

This is a skills based course in which you will focus on improving knowledge and understanding of Resistant Materials both through one-off tasks and project work. You will experience the three main resistant materials (wood, metal and plastic) through a range of products. In year 10 you will concentrate on acquiring the technical skills necessary to produce different practical outcomes and learn how to apply the design process. The new skills that you will acquire will include forge work, simple joinery, modelling, casting, woodturning, silversmithing and wood construction. In Year 11 you will concentrate on a self-generated project to showcase the techniques you have acquired in a creative way.

Assessment: During Year 10 your work is assessed regularly to give you an understanding of how you are progressing. The Year 11 project provides 60% of the final grade. This is in the form of controlled assessment, and will be completed entirely in class time. There is also a theory exam worth 40% of the marks.

Progression: You can continue to study in our Sixth Form and this qualification is suited to a wide range of jobs where practical skill and the ability to communicate well is needed.

Examination Board: AQA

Costume Designer...Fashion Trend Forecaster...Textiles Designer... Visual Merchandiser...Fashion Journalist...Fashion Stylist...

All of these career possibilities (and many more) are within your grasp if you choose study Textiles Technology at GCSE Level.

Textiles Technology explores the world of Fashion Textiles, allowing students to develop strong knowledge and understanding of industry practices whilst also nurturing their creative skills. Students will have the opportunity to work in ways similar to a Fashion Designer for their design and make project. Students will create an A3 portfolio of work, building on research, analytical, investigative and designing skills, which will accompany a final Textiles product of their choice.

Textiles Technology is a dynamic GCSE course which will challenge learners to develop a critical and thoughtful approach to designing.


60% Coursework - An A3 portfolio with a final Textiles product.

40% Examination – A two hour exam based on designing and theoretical Textile practices.

Progression: After your GCSE course you may wish to pursue your Textiles Technology studies further. You can apply for A Level or BTec programmes with this GCSE qualification. There are a range of specialist degree courses at local and national Universities which will pave your route for a successful career within the Fashion Textiles Industry.

Examination Board: Edexcel

This course is designed to introduce learners to working in this rewarding and interesting sector or prepare them for further study, such as BTEC National qualification or an appropriate NVQ. It will encourage learners to develop the hands-on skills and essential expertise required for today’s competitive world of engineering.

Assessment: 25% exam, 75% controlled assessment, equivalent to a  GCSE

Progression: There are an estimated 800,000 engineers employed in the UK and the output of engineering manufacturing, which employs 1.7 million people in total, is in the region of £67 billion annually. According to the Engineering Council UK, engineers on average enjoy better remuneration than accountants and solicitors and are well represented on the boards of companies, including at chief executive officer level. Whether an individual wants to specialise in planes, cars, electrics, communications or mechanics, there is a wide range of courses to choose from.

September 2017