Design and Technology

Head of Department 

Mrs H Startut

Subject Overview:

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares young people to function in the designed and made world.  Using creativity, imagination and increasingly sophisticated resources, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems.  They will gain an understanding of the technical and practical expertise needed to design and make high-quality products and as part of their work.


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Overview:

In KS3 lessons students explore designing and making skills. They are encouraged to be inventive, creative and produce unique products and enjoy the subject. Students learn a range of manufacturing techniques for both specialisms and become familiar with tools & equipment. They also learn about raw materials.

Year 7:

During Year 7, students will follow a curriculum that encompasses both Resistant Materials & Textiles. Students will experience Design & Technology in a carousel and will visit Design & Technology twice in an academic year.

Year 8:

During Year 8, students will follow a curriculum that encompasses both Resistant Materials & Textiles. Students will experience Design & Technology in a carousel and will visit Design & Technology twice in an academic year. Students will build upon the knowledge, skills and experiences from Year 7.

Year 9:

During Year 9, students will follow a curriculum that encompasses both Resistant Materials & Textiles. Students will experience Design & Technology in a carousel and will visit Design & Technology twice in an academic year. Students will build upon the knowledge, skills and experiences from Year 7 & 8.

Assessment at Key Stage 3:

Assessment is based on student research, ideas, making & evaluation. Students also complete a base line test on entry on year 7 and an end of unit test at the end of their cycle in DT. Students are graded on an 11-point grading system Entry Level to Grade 9.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 Overview:

At the end of year 9, students can opt into Fashion & Textiles or Materials Technology Technical Award as a GCSE subject. These are new qualifications this year based on Textiles Technology and Resistant Materials. They

Years 10 and 11:

In KS4 students will begin by gaining skills and knowledge which are transferable across the two subjects. These will be largely based in the Design element of the subject and basic manufacturing and processing techniques.

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

In KS4 students are assessed using the AQA Design & Technology; Resistant Materials or Textiles Technology Specification. The qualification comprises of 2 units; Unit 1 is a 2 hour written exam which is worth 40% of the overall grade. Unit 2 is a 20 A3 page coursework project and 1 manufactured product which is worth 60% of the overall grade. Students are graded from A*-G. There will be changes to the Design and Technology qualifications from 2018.