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Design and Technology

Design and Technology provides students with an opportunity to enhance their previous experience through the design and manufacture of a range of products.

From a given brief, students develop ideas and manufacture quality products to meet real needs. As their technical knowledge increases they are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their projects, setting targets, managing resources and evaluating progress. Extensive use is made of ICT to support learning.

This is a broad based subject that encourages intellectual, creative and personal development, requiring students to use their initiative and to develop practical, problem-solving skills.

design_technologyThroughout Key Stage 3 work on a wide range of exciting projects in Design and Technology, including graphics, textiles, systems & control, food, product design and resistant materials technology.

Each project develops specific skill development and fosters innovative design and making. The projects range from programming a robot to making bespoke jewellery.

The department offers a wealth of opportunities to study key aspects of Design and Technology at GCSE and A level.

GCSE (AQA Examination Board)

Graphic Products (AQA  4550) 60% Coursework & 40% examination

GCSE Graphic Products covers a wide range of designing, including packaging, point-of-sale display, interior and architectural design and product design. Over the course of two years students develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to the design of new products.

Resistant Materials (AQA 4560) 60% Coursework & 40% examination

GCSE RM covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics to produce products in many forms. As well as learning hand tool skills, you will use a range of industrials processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of two years you will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to RM and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

AS/A Level GCE (OCR Examination Board)

Design and Technology: Product Design – H053, H453

This specification is designed to offer learner’s opportunities to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas. Recognising the routes that are pursued at GCSE this specification provides candidates with opportunities to continue their studies either exclusively or as a combination of focus material areas.


  • Excellent progression from GCSE DT subjects with an AS Advanced Innovation challenge unit.
  • Has four units (2 each year), thus reducing the assessment burden on learners.
  • Accommodates exclusive use of materials or a combination of focus material areas.
  • E Portfolio allows improvement in reflect customer feedback and learning platform linked to industry and universities (show cases their design work).
  • Creative and innovative course, A2 project is very open for student’s to generate very creative briefs.
  • AS no written examination paper (Not changed to new style A levels until Sep 2017)
  • There is a wide range possible pathways offered within this qualification –using a range of materials from a wider specialist area.

Mrs  L Chan (Head of Design and Technology)