Design Technology

“Design and Technology should be as riveting and relevant as the career it channels into. Logical, creative and practical, it’s the only opportunity that school students have to apply what they learn in maths and science.” – James Dyson


KS3 Design Technology

KS3 Design Technology provides students with an opportunity to develop practical skills, increase their knowledge of materials and understand more about how and why products are designed and made.

It aims to meet the guidelines set out in the KS3 National Curriculum 2013.

There are links to the world of work, particularly the Engineering and Construction sectors.

 Year 7

Module: Overall focus

An introduction to the workshop

Health & Safety

Use of small hand tools

Use of machinery

Basic materials and their properties


Metal casting

3 Focussed practical tasks using a range of materials, skills and equipment

Intent behind the module: Pupils have an introduction to the knowledge and understanding of RM including; timber, manufactured boards, plastics and metals. Also introduces basic marking out and measuring skills and use of small hand tools.

Assessment Focus: Initial assessment to establish baseline information.

Formative assessment point of pupil work against level descriptors

Summative assessment point of pupil’s independent practical skill development (Photographic evidence) and written response.


 Year 8

Module: Overall focus

Developing designing skills

Research 20th century design movements

Analyse existing products

Develop design ideas

Model and evaluate ideas

Use basic materials and tools to create a design “in the style of”

8 lessons using research and practical work to develop a high quality product.

Intent behind the module: Pupils are developing their knowledge of other designers and their work as well as starting to understand the process involved in designing products. They also have an opportunity to develop their creativity and problem solving skills as well as consolidating their practical skills further.

Assessment Focus: Formative assessment point of pupil work against level descriptors

Summative assessment point of pupil’s independent practical skill development (Photographic evidence) and quality of practical outcome.





 Year 9

Module: Overall focus

Sustainability and Products

Big issues in sustainability








A series of 8 lessons focussing on sustainability and environmental issues within design.

Intent behind the module: This is an important topic both in terms of PSHE and also in relation to the new DT GCSE specification. Covering it in Y9 gives an opportunity to explore issues in depth and help pupils understand the issues and the role which designers having in solving bigger problems.

Assessment Focus: Use of questions from AQA GCSE DT exam.  Formative assessment point of pupil work against level descriptors

Summative assessment-by quality of outcome and evaluation of environmental impact of product..

For 2019/2020 Module 2 will be the same as Y8 since this year’s cohort will not have done it in Y8. This will be replaced with a new module in 2020/21


KS4 Design Technology

Currently we offer:

EAL Level 1 Certificate in Engineering

Pupils undertake 4 units; one is externally assessed and the three others are internally assessed.

  • Introduction to working in the engineering sector
  • Cutting, jointing and finishing wood
  • Cycle maintenance
  • Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)


Btec Level1/2 Construction and the Built Environment

Pupils undertake 4 units: one is externally assessed, the other three are assessed internally.

  • Unit 1—Construction technology
  • Unit 2—Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction
  • Unit 3—Construction and Design
  • Unit 5  – Preparing to work effectively with carpentry and joinery tools and equipment


AQA GCSE Design and Technology

Pupils can chose to study GCSE Design Technology. This course is composed of an exam(50%)  and coursework (50%).

Y10 covers a wide range of subject knowledge from energy storage and generation to inclusive design and planned obsolescence.

In Y11 pupils create a portfolio of work for their coursework as well as revising topics for their exam.


Curriculum Maps