Design Technology

Design & Technology is an inspiring subject that is enjoyed and experienced by students in the academy. Our aim within the curriculum is to create innovative, independent thinking individuals who are ready for an ever changing technological world.

Students undertake a variety of individual and group based practical tasks. These tasks are project centred and are designed to help the students  increase their design skills as well as their ability to manipulate various materials. The projects have various focuses which can be either, design and make practical tasks or product analysis based.

Lessons will be taught by one of the following highly trained staff who will ensure lessons are engaging, challenging and safe.

Mr Paul Aldous
Miss Hannah Drewery
Mrs Hayley Lockey
Mrs Jen May
Elysia Cuckow, technician.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

The emphasis in Year 7 is to introduce the students to the subject, making sure that they realise why they study Design and Technology and the relevance it has in their everyday lives. We want every student to gain confidence in our workshops and improve in all aspects of Design and Technology, both practical and paper based.

Year 8

The emphasis in Year 8 is to build on the introduction to technology that the pupils gained in Year 7. Students will now take an active role in the evolution and realisation of products that they will find useful. There is also more emphasis on the core knowledge of the subject as it is essential that the students are aware of the theory that backs up the practical work that they do.

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Design and Technology. (NEW SPEC)

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

This course has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be stimulated and challenged by the range of practical activities available. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics, fabrics and composite materials will be required. The use of new technologies is encouraged.The assessment criteria allow strengths in one area to compensate for weaknesses in another.

Unit 1: Written Paper

2 hours  50%

Candidates answer all questions. (15% Mathematics)


Unit 2: Design and Making


Approximately 45 hours  50%

Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks.

Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

The distinction between Designing and Making is a convenient one to make, but in practice the two often merge. For example, research can involve not only investigating printed matter and people’s opinions, but also investigating e.g. proportions, adhesives, colour, structures and materials through practical work.

We currently offer the AQA Design and Technology course.

Curriculum Overview 2018/19

Overview for all Year Groups including homework 2018-2019

Year 7 SOL

Year 8 SOL

Year 9 SOL
First 6 Weeks Finishing Technique Task

Year 10 SOW

Year 11 SOW

Employment – Design and Technology offers a wide spectrum of skills that employers are wanting in the modern workplace, the most important being the ability to practically problem solve and work as a team. Students who can demonstrate these skills and have evidence of practical coursework can expect to branch out into a vast range of career opportunities that have an element of creativity and imagination within them i.e. Product design, Interior Design, Architecture, Engineering, Marketing and Teaching.