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Design and Technology

Staffing and Role:

Mr Watkins Head of Design and Technology
Mrs Bennion

Design & Technology Teacher 

Vision Statement:

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

The course offered in Design and Technology work towards achieving the following aims:

• To stimulate and maintain student’s interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concerns about     technological aspects of the world in which they live.

• To develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills, principles and vocabulary in Design and Technology, enabling them to become competent and confident in:

1 Developing, designing and producing a range of products of good quality.
2 Evaluating their own products and those designed by others.

• To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students to have equal access to D&T and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum 

6 X 10 week projects in a variety of materials, identifying material properties, processes and the needs of the end user.
In years 7 and 8 students, follow schemes of work that develop and explore new skills. The complexity of the projects increases as the students’ progress through the Key Stage. Within their projects, students combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. Through Design and Technology, students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products.

Key Stage 4

Design and Technology GCSE

Course Overview - Examining Body: AQA

Design and Technology is part of everyday life and is constantly evolving. In this GCSE, students will participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. The qualifications focuses on developing practical skills and allows students to manufacture high quality outcomes. They will learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit their exam and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

The course content is divided into three areas:

● Core technical principle

● Specialist technical principles

● Designing and making principles



Exam Non Exam Assessment (NEA)

How it's assessed

● Written exam: 2 hours

● 100 marks

● 50% of GCSE


How it's assessed

● Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours


● 100 marks

● 50% of GCSE









Useful resources and reading:

Reading list:

 - Authors: Michael Ross, Publisher: PG Online, ISBN-13: 9781910523100, Price: £20

 - Authors: Bryan Williams, Louise Attwood, Pauline Treuherz, Dave Larby, Ian Fawcett, Dan Hughes, Publisher: Hodder Education, ISBN-13: 9781510401099, Price: £19.99

 - Authors: Bryan Williams, Louise Attwood, Pauline Treuherz, Dave Larby, Ian Fawcett, Dan Hughes, Publisher: Hodder Education, ISBN-13: 9781510401129, Price: £19.99


Extra-curricular Information:

Y 11 coursework weekly surgery

Headteacher’s design award

Quotes from Students:

“I love DT because it lets me be creative and express myself. I get to use awesome tools and it lets me know how things are made and what they are made of.”

“It is a very free subject we get to do what we love all the while getting a product at the end. AMAZING”

“The time goes quick because it is good doing things I haven’t done before”