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Design & Technology

Why study Design & Technology or Engineering?

The world in which we live is full of products that have been designed to satisfy the needs and wants of different groups of people in our society. Modern consumers make increasingly challenging demands on the world’s resources and as a result designers and engineers now have a vital role to play in the design and fabrication of appropriate solutions to new and increasingly technological problems. Only the best individuals will be able to create products for the 21st century that are ‘fit for purpose’ and support a sustainable safe and healthy lifestyle for us all.

Departmental staffing

Mr D Greenwood – Head of D&T and Engineering

Mrs R Bradley – Second in Department/ Teacher of Textiles

AlejandroComp winnerMr P Bullen – Technician for D&T and Engineering

Mr D Owen – Teacher of Product Design and Engineering

Mrs C Hughes – Teacher of Product Design and Engineering

Mrs C Maguire – Teacher of Food Technology

Mrs J Reid – Teacher of Food Technology

Mr T Caine – Teacher of Product Design and Engineering

Mrs A Myles – Teacher of Food Technology

Mrs L Gaertner – Teacher of Graphics

Mrs S Suttill – Food & Textiles Technician

Subjects in the Main School

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Year 7 and 8, pupils will work with a variety of material, tools and processes to develop their D&T capability. Projects will be run in specialist D&T rooms on a carousel cycle over nine week blocks. All students will be given thorough demonstrations in correct tool and equipment use as required and expected to maintain their own risk assessment checklist in their D&T folders.

At KS3 each student will have the opportunity to design and make quality products in four different media areas each year. This will help student to prepare and make informed option choices during Year 8 for their GCSE studies.

dt1The media areas currently offered subject to appropriate resources and staff being available are:

Electronics Products

Food Preparation & Nutrition


Product Design

Resistant Materials


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Having opted to develop their D&T or Engineering capability still further by working towards a GCSE or Level 2 qualification, Year 9 pupils complete a foundation/preparation year in the specific D&T subject(s) of their choice, prior to starting their formal GCSE studies in Year 10

The department offers 4 full courses to GCSE level:

DT: Electronic Products
DT: Food Preparation & Nutrition
DT: Product Design
DT: Textile Technology
The department offers a Level 2 qualification in Engineering for those individuals considering a modern apprenticeship after school.

dt2Examination Board  and Courses

All GCSE courses are from the AQA suite of full course specifications:

These are

DT: Electronic Products

DT: Food Technology

DT: Product Design

DT: Textiles Technology

The level 2 qualification is a BTEC Extended certificate in Engineering awarded by EDEXCEL.

Examination and Assessment Arrangements

All D&T GCSE courses:

Unit 1 – Written Paper

40% of total marks
2 hour exam
120 marks
Candidates answer all questions in 2 sections. Pre release material issued


Unit 2 – Design and Making Practicedt3

60% of total marks
Approximately 45 hours or controlled assessment time
90 marks
Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of AQA approved tasks.

BTEC Level 2 in Engineering:

In order to pass any unit each student must present evidence that demonstrates they have met all learning outcomes to a pass level.
Assessment will make use of evidence generated in practical activities; work experience & realistic workplace scenarios.
All learners will be required to present evidence of their achievement through folder work, practical work and performance observation within set time frames.

Future Changes to KS4 course DT: Food technology is that the last exam will be in 2017 and from 2018, the course will be Food Preparation and Cooking.

Subjects in the Sixth Form

Course entry requirements

Students considering an AS/A2 course in design & technology would be expected to provide evidence of attainment to at least a ‘B’ grade at in the related GCSE course.

Course content AS A2

The Associated Sixth Form offers course at both AS and A2 level in:

DT: Food Technology
DT: Product Design (3D-Design)
DT: Product Design (Textiles)
Examination Board /Course

The association offers a variety of GCE pathways to higher education. These are:

EDEXCEL Engineering

AQA DT: Food Technology

AQA DT: Product Design (3D design)

AQA DT: Product design (Textiles)

Examination and Testing Arrangements

EDEXCEL Engineering:

Unit 1 – Engineering Materials, Processes and Techniques

1.5 hours exam

Unit 2 – The role of the Engineer

Written assignment working with an engineer

Unit 3 – Principles of Design

Working from a design brief provided by a client

Unit 4 – Applied Engineering Systems

Externally assessed activities set by the board and working under exam conditions
3 practical activities to be completed in a 10 hour period

Unit 5 – The Engineering Environment

Written assignment investigating a product or service.

Unit 6 – Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

Working to a client’s brief
Work is presented as a portfolio including engineering drawings to British Standards

All AQA examinations:

Unit 1 – Materials, Components and Application

50% of AS, 25% of A2
2 hour written paper
80 marks
Available January and June

Unit 2 – Coursework

50% of As, 25% of A2
Approx 50 of supervised time
80 marks
Available June only

Unit 3 – Design and Manufacture

25% of total A2 marks
2 hour written paper
84 marks
Available June only

Unit 4 – Coursework

25% of total A2 marks
Approx 60 hours of supervised time
85 marks
Available June only

Departmental Facilities

The department is located in a prominent single location on the ground floor. It consists of 5 specialist D&T classrooms, 2 open study areas with fully networked PCs, a department staff base and technician area.

G20 – Textile Technology

G21 – Product Design & Resistant Materials

G23 – Engineering & Resistant Materials

G24 – ICT suite (Part of the ICT department located in D&T)

G25 – Electronics & Product Design

G26 – Food Technology