Curriculum – Technology


Design and Technology is a unique mixture of practical and theory combining to give students the opportunity to maintain and stimulate their curiosity, interest and enjoyment of technology based subjects. All students follow a balanced programme of study in Design and Technology, in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. All work is marked to a common assessment scheme which allows the students to clearly see where, and why, levels have been awarded for any piece of work.

Key Stage 3 - Year 7 - 9

In Y7, Y8 and Y9 students study projects linked directly to the National Curriculum. They are allocated three periods a week in year 7 & 8 which is delivered on a carousel format. Students will spend part of the year in Food Technology, Textiles, Resistant materials and Graphics. Students will gain practical skills in a range of design make tasks and focussed practical tasks. The Key Stage is divided into modules and the pupils rotate to experience the different materials areas utilising the specialist staff’s experience and classroom resources.

Year 9 students will be given the opportunity to gain further skills in Food Technology, Textiles, Resistant materials and Graphics. This will be timetabled through out the year. Design and make modules will be delivered over a longer period of time enabling students to work both independently and as part of a team.

In Key Stage 3 we get all students to increase their practical and design skills to a higher standard to prepare them for taking the subject at KS4. Our goal is to get everybody to exceed their own expectations.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11

At KS4 students are given opportunity to choose from a range of  subjects delivered within the department.

The following subjects are available at KS4:

  • AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering
  • OCR National Level 1/2 Award in Health & Social Care
  • OCR National Level 1/2 Award in Child Development
  • AQA GCSE Art Textile
  • OCR Design Technology
  • OCR National Level 1/2 Award in Engineering Design

Design Technology is taught in 7 specialist rooms. All rooms are fully equipped and students have access to an excellent range of CAD CAM software.

Extra Curricular

Students can enjoy DT activities outside of lessons through a range of clubs.

Textiles club.
Technology club.
Food Club to support students completing Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.