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Design and Technology


  • Mr J Fonseca (Head of Department)                     
  • Mr N Forrest (DT Technician)

Year 7 Scheme of work

Year 8 Scheme of work

Year 9 Scheme of work

Year 10 Scheme of work

Year 11 Scheme of work

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

Students follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8) and are given the opportunity to pursue a GCSE programme of study in years 9 to 11.

Key areas are used to judge student progress, and amongst other things students should be able to:

  • Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas in a range of ways, using appropriate strategies
  • Respond creatively to briefs, developing their own proposals and producing specifications for products
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of a range of materials, ingredients and technologies to design and make
    their products
  • Use their understanding of others’ designing to inform their own
  • Plan and organise activities and then shape, form, mix, assemble and finish materials, components or ingredients
  • Evaluate which hand and machine tools, equipment and computer-aided design/manufacture (CAD/CAM) facilities are the most appropriate to use
  • Solve technical problems
  • Reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their ideas and proposals to improve products throughout their development and manufacture.

Homework is set once a week. Students are expected to spend at least an hour per homework practising drawing skills, knowing and understanding correct terminology, researching and revising theory notes.

KS3 Curriculum Description

Year 7
Students will use industry standard tools and machines therefore health and safety are of paramount importance and form a large part of year 7.

Drawing skills are essential, and therefore a graphics module is undertaken in the first term which will support students through the basic drawing skills required to realise a concept and present it appropriately.

Students will also learn about tools and correct tool usage, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) and work with two resistant materials wood and metal.

Year 8
Students will build on their year 7 experiences with a more complex range of problems to solve. This will include Systems & Control (Electronics), Structures & Mechanisms and Plastics Processing.

KS4 Curriculum Description
In year 9 students who selected the DT option will work on two mini coursework projects which allow them to become more familiar with the GCSE programme of study. Both projects will include research, design and final product manufacture. In the summer term students will begin the coursework element of the AQA GCSE course and complete this at the end of year 10.

The GCSE course consists of the following;

  • Coursework approx 40 hours: Design, CAD, analysis and evaluation work = 60% of total GCSE mark
  • 2 hour written exam taken at the end of year 11 = 40% of total GCSE mark

Technology Student Essential Items

  • Sketching pencils (2H, HB, 2B)
  • A set of good quality soft colour pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Canvas apron

KS5 Curriculum Description
At KS5 students will follow the AQA Product Design A Level course.

AS outline
At AS level candidates develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety:

  • 2 hour written exam – Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application = 50% of AS, 25% of full  A Level
  • Coursework approx 50 hours - Unit 2: (PROD2) Learning Through Designing and Making = 50% of AS, 25% of full A Level

A2 outline
At A2, the specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture.

  • 2 hour written exam – Unit 3 (PROD3) Design and Manufacture = 25% of full A Level
  • Coursework approx 60 hours – Unit 4 (PROD4) Design and Making Practice = 25% of full A Level 


Useful Links
The following websites are recommended to support further development in Technology:        DT general resource and GCSE revision                 GCSE revision           Free download of a 3D drawing package



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