Design Technology

The faculty encompasses a variety of disciplines all providing exciting opportunities for our students. This enables them to gain vital skills, knowledge and understanding that will not only equip them for forthcoming examinations but also life beyond the classroom

Year 9

In technology, students will have the opportunity to experience two subject areas throughout year 9. Due to recent changes in Design and Technology and increased content at GCSE, the importance to prepare students for years 10 and 11 is greater than ever. Our intention is to teach content from our KS4 technology specifications, which will give our students a realistic experience of what it would be like to take a technology subject as an option in years 10 and 11. We would like to give our students the opportunity to choose two subject areas they would prefer to focus on though out the year. The three subject areas to choose from are;

  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Product Design – (Resistant Materials Technology)
  • Food and Nutrition

In Fashion and Textiles, our year 9 students develop technical skills by creating a garment, in Product Design students create a USB lamp which includes the use of CAD/CAM and in Food and Nutrition students prepare a range of dishes using their practical skills gained over time.

Year 10 and 11
Course GCSE Design and Technology (includes Graphics, Electronics & Resistant Materials)
Exam Board/Syllabus AQA  8552
Grade Equivalences 9 to 1
Assessment Route

Unit 1 Written exam, 2 hrs, (50%)

Unit 2 Design and Make Task, 30-35 hours, non exam assessment (50%)

The fundamental aim of the Design & Technology course is to build on the work covered in Key Stage 3. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Throughout Year 10, students will have the opportunity to research, design, make, test and evaluate a range of products. The skills they gain will be vital and will provide a foundation to what is required for their Controlled Assessment in Year 11.

Students will be required to purchase a revision guide and workbook to support the theory content of the specification, plus an A3 carry folder and an A3 flip folder to present their Controlled Assessment.

It is important to note that we would recommend that students wishing to study an A-level in Design Technology choose this option. The course covers a more extensive range of subject matter and is a more appropriate course for students who are aiming to Design Technology at a higher level.


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