Design and Technology

Head of Subject: Mr G. Leaver


Subject overview:

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical area of the curriculum provided through five subject area; Food Preparation and Nutrition, Product Design, Textiles, Healthy Living and Modern Technology. Using creativity and imagination, the two year KS3 course is taught on a rotational basis enabling pupils to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.


Year 7:

Product Design, Textiles, and Modern Technology.

  • Develop specifications and generate creative ideas.
  • Research and explore the study of different cultures
  • Select and use specialist tools, techniques, processes and equipment.
  • Analyse existing products and the work of past and present professionals.
  • Test, evaluate and refine ideas.
  • Create outcomes, realising intentions.

Food Preparation & Nutrition / Healthy Living

  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
  • Cook predominantly healthy, savoury dishes to feed a family


Year 8:

Product Design, Textiles, and Modern Technology.

  • Investigate new and emerging technologies.
  • Over time, students will select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials.
  • Understand developments in D&T and its impact on individuals and society.
  • Understand how advanced mechanical systems enable changes and movement in force.
  • Use programmable components to imbed intelligence into products

Food Preparation & Nutrition / Healthy Living

  • Have a deeper understanding of the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients
  • Become competent in a range of cooking techniques using more complex ingredients.


Key Stage 4:

WJEC GCSE Catering (to become GCSE in Food Preparation & Nutrition from 2017)
AQA GCSE Design and Technology (Product Design)
AQA GCSE Design and Technology (Textiles)
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AQA A Level: Design and Technology (3D Design)
BTEC Level 3 Art and Design: Fashion and Clothing
click here for post-16 (sixth form) courses and information


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