Design Technology

D&T is an inspiring and innovative subject and we aim to deliver an exciting, creative and challenging curriculum that is designed to develop students’ problem-solving skills, whilst giving them the opportunity to acquire life-long practical skills. Disciplines taught include Food and Nutrition, Product Design, Graphics and Textiles Technology, meaning our students are exposed to a wide range of materials and processes and all lessons combine theory work with practical application.

KS3 (Y7-9)

Content Assessment
At KS3, students learn the fundamentals and explore a range of materials.  Projects are themed within years 7 and 8, so that as students rotate disciplines, they begin to make links across specialisms which they can carry forward. 

Year 7: Materials techniques and processes 

Food: Healthy Eating 

Graphics: Digital Design – Photoshop book sleeve 

Product Design: Making Memphis – Acrylic Clock 

Textiles: Surface Decoration – Cultural cushion 

Year 8: The 6 R’s of Sustainability 

Food: Seasonal Produce 

Graphics: Carbon Neutral – Sustainable single use cards 

Product Design: Recycled Upcycle – Desk light 

Textiles: Denim Discovery – Bucket hat 

Year 9: Interpreting the brief 

Preparing students for GCSE, students follow the design process from initial brief which outlines the focus of the project, researching relevant information to help inform their ideas, to designing and making a final product. All students are expected to develop their own ideas and make decisions for themselves. 

Food: World Food and its influence on British cuisine 

Product Design/Textiles: Storage Solutions 

Assessment is based across three areas; Knowledge and Research, Design and Make, Test and Evaluate. This enables us to measure student performance holistically and allows all students the opportunity to excel within some aspect of the subject.

 

Design Technology GSCE (Y10 & 11)

Content Assessment
Year 10

Students will be challenged by a range of practical activities that develop their understanding of the broad perspectives of design, development and manufacturing. Students will learn about woods, plastics and metals and get to experiment with tools, machines and techniques in order to better understand the properties of materials and their uses. 

Theoretical lessons will cover: 

Materials and Components 

Classification and working properties of materials 

Design and Market Influences 

Processes and Manufacture 

Practical Project: 

Spice Rack and Confectionary boxes– Hand tools, Card Modelling, CAD/CAM, Vacuum forming.

 

 
   
Year 11

Students will design and make their own product in keeping with a design task, set by the exam board. They will also produce a design portfolio, demonstrating research, designing, development, modelling, manufacturing processes, testing and quality control and evaluation. 

Examples of previous coursework and past papers will be available on the intranet for students to use as guidance. 

NEA 50%: Students’ own response to theme set by exam board 

Exam 50%: Technical and Core principles of Materials along with Designing and make principles 

 

Hospitality and Catering Level1/2 Vocational (Y10 & 11)

Content Assessment
Year 10

Students gain knowledge of all parts of the industry through both theory and practical lessons and are subsequently entered for assessment for this unit at the end of year 10. The areas of study are 

LO1 – Understand the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate 

LO2 – Understand how hospitality and catering provision operates 

LO3 – Understand how the hospitality and catering provision meets health and safety requirements 

LO4 – Know how food can cause ill health 

LO5 – Be able to propose a hospitality and catering provision to meet specific requirements 

UNIT 1 

The Hospitality and Catering Industry – External online assessment (Year10) 

40% of total mark 

   
Year 11

Students continue to improve their practical skills and knowledge of nutrition within lessons in preparation for their unit 2 assessment. This takes the form of a 9-hour controlled assessment which is split into the following 3 sections: 

LO1 – Understand the importance of nutrition when planning menus 

LO2 – Understand menu planning 

LO3 – Be able to cook dishes 

Students are given a Learner Assessment Brief (LAB) and are required to produce a portfolio of evidence. 

Unit 2 

Hospitality and Catering in Action – Internal controlled assessment (Year 11) 

60% of total mark 

 

Product Design A Level

Content Assessment
Year 12

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of both technical and design and make principles. Theoretical lessons will look in more detail at the many materials, techniques and processes used within the design industry. Students are taught via theoretical and practical lessons. 

 
   
Year 13

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of both technical and design and make principles. Theoretical lessons will look in more detail at the many materials, techniques and processes used within the design industry. Students are taught via theoretical and practical lessons.

NEA 50%: Students’ own response to theme set by exam board

 

Exam 50%:

Paper 1: Technical and Core principles

Paper 2: Designing and make principles

 

Fashion & Textiles A Level

Content Assessment
Year 12

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of both technical and design and make principles. Theoretical lessons will look in more detail at the many materials, techniques and processes used within the fashion and textiles industry. Students are taught via theoretical and practical lessons.

 
   
Year 13

As with GCSE, Students will design and make their own product in keeping with a design task set by the exam board. They will also produce a substantial design portfolio, demonstrating research, designing, development, modelling, manufacturing processes, testing and quality control and evaluation.

NEA 50%: Students’ own response to theme set by exam board

Exam 50%:

Paper 1: Technical and Core principles

Paper 2: Designing and make principles