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Design and Technology

Key Stage 4 

GCSE Design and Technology

Students follow the AQA GCSE Design and Technology specification. 

In Year 9 students complete the following projects in preparation for the new specification:

  • Graphic Products – Technical Drawing Skills/CAD drawing skills
  • Resistant Materials –Pewter Casting Jewellery/Glass Jewellery
  • Board Game Portable
  • Textiles – Draw String Bag
  • Food – Multicultural Foods and Meal Planning

Aims of the course:

This course aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Design and Technology, through the investigation, designing and manufacturing of a range of products, which can be made from a variety of materials such as wood, smart materials, polymers, paper/card or textiles.  Areas covered within the course are:

Resistant Materials

Furniture, storage, children’s toys, disability aids


Interior textiles, cushions, embellishments, door stops


Corporate design images, packaging, point of sale, displays, architecture influences, CAD 3D modeling

Product Design

Design influences such as Memphis, Pop Art, Andy Warhol, nature. Cultural and ethical design, environmental considerations in manufacturing.


Anglepoise lamps, can crushers, programmable products such as bike alarms, robotics. Green car racing. Turning, milling, CAD/CAM and welding.

Modelling products with 3D software and using 3D printers, CAD/CAM routers, lathes and graphic printers (sublimative). CNC lathes and routers.  Welding (MIG, TIG, MMA).

Course content:

The course will involve lessons in either a specialist workshop or computer design room.  The course will enable students to develop their curiosity in the design of everyday products, the ability to develop a novel design of their own, to then manufacture that novel product either by hand or using CAD/CAM, the testing of products and how designers communicate with each other.  Students are given the opportunity to design and make products from given themes using a wide range of materials such as card/paper, timber, metals, plastics, ceramics, textiles, or a combination of materials. 

                A                             Core Content
                B                             Specialist technical principles
                C                             Designing and milking principles


You will sit one 2 hour exam which will contribute to 50% of the grade
                Section A              20 marks
                Section B              30 marks
                Section c              50 marks

There is a controlled assessment (30/35 hours) which is the other 50% of the grade  This will be a design and make task - from a designated list of contextual challenges students will produce a prototype and portfolio of evidence.

Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Textiles (AQA)

Aims of the course:

This course encourages students to develop a broad view of design and technology and to develop the capacity to design and make textile products. 

Course Content:

The units studied are:

  • Materials, components and application
  • Learning through designing and making
  • Design and making practice


Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 50% Examination
  • 50% Coursework