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In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Our objectives are that the students will be able to:

  • generate, develop, model and communicate ideas in a range of ways
  • respond creatively to briefs, developing their own proposals and producing specifications for products
  • apply their knowledge and understanding of a range of materials, ingredients and technologies to design and make their products
  • use existing products and design to help them develop their own
  • plan their Designing and Making and then shape, form, mix, assemble and finish materials, components or ingredients
  • evaluate which hand and machine tools, equipment and computer-aided design/manufacture (CAD/CAM) facilities are the most appropriate to use
  • solve technical problems
  • reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their products so that they can see how they could make improvements in future project work 

Within the Technology Department there are several ‘Strands of Knowledge’

Product Design  |  Textiles Technology  |  Graphic Products  |  Food Technology

Each of these strands cover a wide area but all follow identical processes of Design and Manufacture.

Design Brief

Task Analysis


Research Analysis

Developing a Specification

Initial Ideas

Development of Chosen Ideas


Planning the making




 Throughout Key Stage 3 girls will rotate around the department spending approximately 12 weeks studying an area before moving to the next. By the time the girls reach the stage of deciding their GCSE options they would have experienced eight or nine sessions and will have experiences that will help them make their choices. Each of the four main areas listed above are offered at GCSE and also at AS and A2 level.

Key Stage 3

All students are on a carousel in which they study four units of Design & Technology and one unit of Food every year. This gives the students a broad curriculum that prepares them for the Design & Technology GCSE course. The units of work covered can be seen below.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Food Food Resaurant Design




Textiles — Wall hanging


Design & innovation based on a theme





Plastics & Metals


To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Encourage your daughter to be inquisitive about:
  • How things are made
  • How things work
  • The graphics applied to packaging, magazines, advertisements, clothing, etc.
  • Materials – especially wood, metal, plastics, card, fabrics etc.
  • The taste and texture of things that she eats
  • The ingredients in her food – what is healthy and what is not?
  • Electricity – the importance and dangers of mains power and battery use and disposal.
  • Encourage and be interested in her designing and the products that she makes.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE we offer: GCSE Design & Technology and GCSE Food preparation and Nutrition

EDUQUAS GCSE Design & Technology

The following five units are studied in Year 10

  • Graphic Materials
  • Textiles
  • Resistant Materials
  • Systems and Control
  • Design and our world

In Year 11 the students choose to create their own project based on a theme given by the exam board. They can specialise in any area of DT that they choose.

AQA GCSE Food preparation and Nutrition

I Year 10 the students will develop a series of food products following a chosen theme. Each product is analysed, evaluated, photographed and recorded.
In Year 11 the students undertake two practical assessments that go towards the final GCSE grade.

  • Food investigation
  • Food Preparation

Assessment Details
In both cases:

  • 50% Coursework
  • 50% Written examination
To support your daughter’s learning

Encourage and be interested in her designing and the products that she makes.

Encourage your daughter to be inquisitive about their chosen option, especially:

  • How things are made.
  • How things work.
  • Packaging, and environmental issues, etc. connected to her option.
  • Appropriate Materials – especially new developments, technological advances etc.
  • Energy use within her chosen option – the importance and dangers of mains power and battery use and disposal.
  • Recent developments in the technology of her chosen option.
  • Encourage her to read books and magazines and to watch documentaries about her chosen technology.

Extra Curricular

After school supervised open workshops to continue with lesson based projects or even to design and make a product independently.

Visits to ‘Clothes Show Live’ the Design Museum and other industry based trips.