Design & Technology

Design and Technology is a subject which has evolved from more traditional beginnings.  It includes the areas of CADCAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture) Control, Electronics, Food, Graphics, ICT, Product Design, and Textiles.

The development in the use of CADCAM means that students can now design articles using specialist software, set up machine parameters and then see their ideas cut out with laser cutters.  Students will therefore experience both hand-made and mass production methods of manufacturing.

During Key Stage 3 students will experience working in all of the areas, learning new skills and incorporating them into design and make projects.  The work is quite demanding as they will be expected to utilise skills and knowledge from other areas of the curriculum as design projects develop.

They will be assessed on their ability to:-

  • gather and use information
  • sketch and draw design ideas
  • model
  • plan and organise their making activity
  • use tools and equipment in a safe, controlled and accurate manner
  • evaluate their outcomes

Towards the end of Key Stage 3 they will opt to specialise in one focus area.

In Key Stage 4, students cam choose to follow the GCSE Design and Technology course of their choice.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

All KS3 Schemes of Work cover a variety of practical activities, the theme listed is the major design and make task

Basic drawing skills. 

3 modules of work lasting 11 lessons each

Food: the balanced plate
Textiles:  Cushion

Materials: USB Light

4 modules of work lasting 11 lessons each

Food:  Food provenance & issues

Textiles: drawstring bag

Graphics:  chocolate packaging

Electronics:  Amplifier


3 modules from the following:

lasting 14 lessons each

Food: feeding yourself / Foreign influenced dishes

Textiles: Slouchy pants

Product design: Pewter jewellery and box

Graphics:  Pop Up cards

Electronics:  Programming & torch



Year 10

Year 11

AQA GCSE Design & Technology (8552)


Autumn Term:

Core Technical Principles:  Materials and their working properties.

Specialist Technical Principles: 
Textiles – shirt project, Timber - money box project.


Spring Term:

Core Technical Principles:  New and emerging technologies, Developments in new materials, mechanical devices.

Specialist Technical Principles:  Textiles – Manufacturing project making gift bags, Timber - Lighting


Summer Term:

NEA:  Based on briefs released from the Exam Board.


AQA GCSE Product Design (4555)

CAT:  MP3 Speaker based on a twentieth century design movement. 



AQA GCSE Textiles Technology (4570)


CAT:  Garment based on a cultural theme. 



AQA GCSE Graphics Products (4550)


CAT:  Board Player.



AQA GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition (8585)

NEA1:  Food Science Investigation.

NEA2: Food Preparation Task.


AQA Food Preparation & Nutrition (8585)


Autumn Term:

Practical, Theory and investigative work based on:

Food Safety & Hygiene, Fruit & Vegetables, Cereals & Carbohydrates


Spring Term:

Dairy Products, Calcium & Fat


Summer Term:

Meat, Fish & Protein