Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

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The vast majority of our students enjoy its practical, hands-on approach to learning, which is underpinned with knowledge and understanding. This is applied across the different areas of the department which include food technology, graphics and resistant materials.

Modules 1 to 6

Pencil Case, Table Tennis Bat and Fantasy Character

Supporting theory includes:
Health and safety in the workshop, types of woods, introduction to CAD and CAM, product analysis.

Modules 1 to 6

LED lamp and Wooden box

Supporting theory includes:
Types of plastics and uses, electronics, soldering, orthographic drawing, smart materials, basic use of CAD and CAM.

Modules 1 to 6

Speaker and Upcycle Lamp

Supporting theory includes:
Sustainable design, modelling, veneers and man-made boards, fixtures and fittings, developed use of CAD and CAM.

  • Modules 1 & 2: Passive Speaker Project
  • Modules 3 & 4: Mock NEA Project
  • Module 5: CAD project
  • Module 6: NEA—analysing design brief
  • Module 1: NEA—initial designs
  • Module 2: NEA—development of ideas 
  • Module 3: NEA—making
  • Module 4: NEA—evaluation
  • Module 5: CAD project
  • Module 6: Written Exam preparation
  • Modules 1 & 2: Amazing Spaces architecture project and model making
  • Modules 3 & 4: Upcycle product project based on recycling and eco friendly philosophy
  • Module 5: Workshop Skills mini projects
  • Module 6: Introduction to component 2 and initial investigation (Component 2)
  • Module 1: Design generation (Component 2)
  • Module 2: Design development (Component 2)
  • Modules 3: Making (Component 2)
  • Module 4: Evaluation (Component 2)
  • Modules 5 & 6: Written Exam preparation
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Design is thinking made visual.
Saul Bass

Design and Technology is a subject that enthuses and motivates young people because it is open ended and creative and uses problem-solving – and these are just the type of skills employers are looking for.
Rhys Morgan – Royal College of Engineering