Senior DT

Design and Technology is taught at KS3, with all pupils studying Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles, in line with the National Curriculum. At KS4 level pupils can choose to study Resistant Materials, Food Technology depending on their options. At KS5, pupils can choose to study A-Level 3-D Product Design or BTEC Art & Design.

Girls in DT workshop


The department has two well equipped learning specific classrooms; the DT workshop is designed to facilitate the practical and theoretical learning of Resistant Materials & Product Design from Year 7 to Year 13. Textiles lessons are also taught in the DT workshop from Year 7 to Year 9. Adjacent to the DT workshop is an ICT room with up-to-date CAD/CAM facilities. The Food Technology room is situated across the courtyard from the DT workshop; it has 12 spacious workstations allowing for small group sizes and every pupil receives the help and personal attention that they need.


The department is staffed by the Head of Department Mr Donaldson who teaches Resistant Materials from Year 7 to Year 11 and 3-D Product Design at A-level. Mrs Coen teaches Food Technology from Year 7 to Year 11. Mrs Firth teaches Textiles from Year 7 to Year 11 and Food Technology from Year 7 to Year 11. Mrs Chloe Williams teaches Graphic to KS4 and KS5. Mr Kaminski works part-time as a workshop technician in the department.

Courses at GCSE

At GCSE level pupils have the opportunity to choose Resistant Materials or Food Technology from their option blocks. Resistant Material pupils follow the DT Short Course in Year 10 as an extra ½ GCSE which provides valuable experience at completing coursework and examination practice before starting the Resistant Materials Full Course in Year 11; by the end of Year 11, Resistant Materials pupils will have had the opportunity to achieve 1 ½ GCSE’s in Design and Technology.  

(i)           Design and Technology Short Course  (Year 10)

(ii)          Resistant Materials (Year 11)

(iii)         Home Economics Food & Nutrition (Year 11)

AQA - Design and Technology Short Course (Year 10).

GCSE Design and Technology: Short Course helps pupils develop their knowledge and experience of materials to design and make small scale products or prototypes. The Short Course specification aims to recognise and promote all that is good in Design and Technology, rewarding creativity, flair and originality in designing and making.

This two unit specification requires students to develop a mixture of theoretical knowledge and design and making skills. The course is 60% controlled assessment, which is designed to reflect the importance of design and making within the subject.

Unit 1: Written Paper

40% of total marks - 1 hour - 60 marks

Candidates answer all questions.

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice.

60% of total marks - Approximately 20 hours - 90 marks

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


AQA - Resistant Materials – Full Course (Year 11)

GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials helps pupils develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

The Resistant Materials course requires pupils to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Unit 1: Written Paper

2 hours –120 marks – 40%

Candidates answer all questions in two sections

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Unit 2: Design and Making Practice

Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%

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

Food GCSE - OCR Home Economics: Food and Nutrition

Unit 1 Candidates submit three short tasks and these form 30% of the total GCSE marks.

Unit 2 Candidates submit one Food Study Task and this forms 30% of the total GCSE marks.

Unit 3 Principles of Food and Nutrition, a written exam which covers all aspects of the specification content. This forms 40% of the total GCSE marks.


Courses at A level

(i)           Product Design (3-D Design) AS – Year 12 (Units 1&2)

(ii)          Product Design (3-D Design) A2 – Year 13 (Units 3&4)

AQA – Product Design (3-D Design)

A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps pupils take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Product Design provides pupils with the opportunity to design and make a product (or in the case of AS, a number of smaller products) in both years of the course.

The course has 50 per cent coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

AS Examinations (Year 12)

Unit 1 - PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

2 hour written paper

80 marks

Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections

Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions

Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two

Section 3 contains one compulsory question

Available June only

Unit 2 - PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

               50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Coursework - approx 50 hours

80 marks

Written (or electronic) design portfolio

Manufactured outcome(s)

Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work

 Available June only

A Level Examinations (Year 13)

Unit 3 - PROD3 Design and Manufacture

25% of A Level

2 hour written paper

84 marks

Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections

Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section.

Includes synoptic assessment

Available June only

Unit 4 - PROD4 Design and Making Practice

25% of A Level

Coursework - approx 60 hours

85 marks

Written (or electronic) design folder

Manufactured outcome

andidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity

Available June only


Courses at BTEC

The Design and Technology department delivers the 3-D art & craft units of the Art & Design BTEC.


Extra-curricular activities in department

The Design and Technology club is a popular afterschool club where pupils of all ages are encouraged to make their own practical projects in the DT workshop under the guidance of Mr Donaldson.

Textiles club is a new afterschool club which is run by Mrs Firth.

Annual trip to the NEC Birmingham in December to visit Clothes Show Live for Year 9, GCSE & BTEC students.

Annual trip to the NEC Birmingham in November – National Design and Technology show.


KS3 Curriculum.

Over the school year each KS3 pupil will experience Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food Technology.

Resistant Materials

In Year 7 pupils are introduced to the DT workshop in a safe and guided manner. An awareness of Health and Safety best practice is very important when working with workshop tools and machines. In Year 7 pupils make a number of small projects using woods, metals and plastics. Lesson time is mostly spent completing practical work while design work is usually set for homework.

In Year 8 pupils have acquired the confidence and skills to work more independently and safely in the DT workshop. Projects include making pewter cast key fobs, studying different mechanisms and making an automata project while also developing CAD/CAM skills.

In Year 9 pupils take on a challenging project of making a pizza cutter from aluminium, acrylic, stainless steel and brass completely by hand. No adhesives are used in joining the materials together, instead rivets are used and a scratch-free finish is achieved using the buffing machine. In Year 9 pupils also look at sustainability and where materials are sourced from.

Food Technology

Pupils look at ‘Healthy Eating’ where they are set the task to design and make a variety of dishes that meet current dietary guidelines including the ‘5 a day campaign’. Pupils learn a variety of food preparation and cooking skills whilst working safely and independently in the food room.


In Year 7 pupils are encouraged to learn a wide range of drawing and designing skills, also a variety of textiles techniques including fabric painting and stencilling. The project theme is ‘Multi-cultural’ with pupils looking at the art and textiles of a variety of different countries – currently ancient Egypt.

In Year 8 pupils develop their drawing and designing skills and extend their knowledge of textiles techniques using recycled textiles to make a ‘Bag for Life’. The project allows pupils to work independently and inspires creativity. Pupils have access to a computerised sewing machine and a wide range of textiles equipment.

In Year 9 pupils design and make a garment. The theme for the task is ‘Graffiti’. Pupils have the opportunity to research a variety of graffiti artists and fashion designers to gain inspiration for their final piece. Pupils can work independently or collaborate into design teams to undertake the task.

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