Design & Tech
Have you ever wondered …
- Have you ever wondered what designers actually do?
- Have you ever wondered how things move or work?
- Have you ever wondered how you can design products to be good for the environment?
- Have you ever wondered how a product continues to stay popular in the market place?
- Have you ever wondered how products are designed with the user in mind?
In Design and Technology students explore design ideas and develop their creative potential across a range of material areas; including Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Product Design.
We encourage innovative independent thinking, communication and problem solving – key skills, which will be of benefit for the rest of their lives. Our aims are to encourage all our students to participate in and discover how to appreciate our technological society. This is a very “hands on” subject with lots of practical work, where students can gain satisfaction from realising designs they have created. Students regularly comment on the enjoyment they had in a lesson. Students build a large skill and knowledge base from working with a wide range of materials, tools and equipment.
Who we are?
Mrs G Roberts- HOD Design & Technology, Food Technology Teacher, KS4 Coordinator
Ms G Taiano- Graphics and A Level Product Design Teacher & Art
For more information on this curriculum area please contact:
Head of Department, Mrs G Roberts.
Aims and enrichment
Design & Technology is a diverse subject and can open gateways to a wealth of career opportunities. It develops and encourages self-reliance, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills which are all central to successful employment. Universities offer many opportunities for those wishing to take Design & Technology further with courses focusing on Product Design, Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Graphic Design.
We regularly enter students into a variety of competitions including Young Inventor of the Year and Young Chef. Our students have been very successful and we have won prizes in the categories of Resistant Materials, Graphics, Product Design and Young Chef. We promote the use of new technologies and encourage the use of our hi-spec laser cutter and 3d Printer which is used within the department and also by robotics and STEM.
Key stage 3
At KS3 level students study the three subject disciplines of Food Technology, Graphics and Resistant Materials over an 8-9 week carousel with an introduction of the design process, learning the core skills of any Design & Technology area. Each project is planned to challenge with designing and making tasks in line with the current National Curriculum guidelines. They all promote and encourage students to be innovative, creative thinkers and the ability to develop ideas.
Food Technology; the focus of this year is to encourage sound food hygiene, safety and basic cookery skills.
Students will be taught new cookery techniques such as knife skills, creaming, whisking, kneading and rubbing-in, to make a variety of dishes such as fruit salad, pizzas, cakes , couscous salad & French apple tart. This will enable students to become independent and also creative in their choice of ingredients.
Graphics; Sandwich Packaging Project. The focus of the project is teaching key C.A.D. (computer aided design) Adobe Illustrator and 2D Design skills for graphics. Students are taught the function of packaging and the design process. Students design and make a sandwich packet inspired by the British designer Neville Brody.
Resistant Materials; Endangered animal project. The focus of the project is teaching key skills for working with wood and plastic. The theory of the materials is taught, alongside health and safety in the workshop. A puzzle is made, using four different methods for cutting and shaping, with a vacuum formed case.
Food Technology; the emphasis this year is on nutrition and healthy eating in relation to the Eatwell Guide.
The students make a variety of dishes (savoury quiches, banana bran loaf, stir fries, fruit pies and cultural dishes).They are encouraged to modify a given recipe in order to make it healthier and to comment on the nutritional changes made. New culinary techniques are taught and the students become more confident and creative.
Graphics; Festival Project. The focus of this project is branding. The task is to research and design a corporate identity for a new local festival. Students work in groups to produce a logo, poster and propose a range of products incorporating the festivals logo. Students will be taught Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Resistant Materials; Mechanical bird project. The focus in this topic; mechanical systems. In mechanical systems the theory behind levers, motion and linkages is taught, with pupils constructing a linkage toy.
Food Technology; the aim this year is on the dietary requirements of teenagers and high level skill requirements.
The students prepare & make a number of savoury meals (Bolognaise, Korma, Curries, Pies & Minestrone Soup), so that become competent cooks with excellent skills for life.
Graphics; Architecture Project. The focus is looking at architecture and design. This project builds upon C.A.D. designing and technical drawing skills. Students design and model a modern style building using architectural methods of drawing CAD and manufacture. Students will use Google Sketch Up to model their work and use 2D Design to laser cut.
Resistant Materials; Storage box project. There are two projects within this material area. Firstly pupils build on their wood joint skills and secondly CAD/CAM skills designing an intricate features to be cut/ engraved on the laser cutter.
Key stage 4
Our students will study GCSE in Design and Technology (Graphics and Resistant Materials) this is accredited by the OCR, offering a foundation in the principles and iterative design practices of various 21st century design and manufacture industries.
The qualification offers flexibility in the approaches students use to apply knowledge and understanding of these practices and principles when designing and making prototypes that solve real and relevant problems.
Year 10 focuses on core practical and theory skills.
In class pupils build up a portfolio of material samples ready to use in their controlled assessment. These skills include using CAD/CAM with our state of the art laser cutter, 3D printer and special equipment. For homework they undertake several research projects, covering the theory content of the course. The controlled assessment is started in the Summer term.
Pupils continue working on their controlled assessment until February half term.
This involves the preparation of an electronic folder together with a Graphic/ Resistant Materials product or products. From February half term the focus is on examination preparation. Throughout the course students continue to develop a working knowledge materials and components, modern and smart materials, new technologies and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills using software such as Adobe Illustrator and 2D Design. Independent learning and creativity is encouraged at all times.
The GCSE in Design and Technology is based on 50% controlled assessment and 50% on a two hour written examination.
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Food Technology uses the AQA Examination Board and the recommended text book is “Food Preparation & Nutrition” Anita Tull (Illuminate publishing) as well as “Food Preparation & Nutrition”. “My revision notes”, (Hodder Education).
In the first two terms of year 10, pupils will develop their culinary skills, knowledge and understanding of a wide range of ingredients, whilst covering the theory content of the course, in particular nutrition.
The main topics studied in year 10 include…
- Nutrition and Health.
- Food Science (Coagulation, emulsification, gelatinisation etc.).
- Cooking of food & heat transfer.
- Experiments (NEA 1), looking at the function & working properties of ingredients.
- Food Poisoning & Safety in the kitchen.
- Practical cookery (NEA 2), to prepare for the 3 hour examination.
For enrichment, the students will all be entered for the Rotary Chef competition.
From September to March of year 11, pupils will complete their controlled assessments which are in 2 parts (NEA 1 – Science experiments 15% & NEA 2 Practical cookery 35%). In the remaining time they will prepare for the written examination.
- Functional & chemical properties.
- British & International cuisines.
- Food Provenance,
The controlled assessment is worth 50% of the overall grade and the written examination is also worth 50%.
Syllabus information obtainable through examination board websites at:
For more information on this curriculum area, please contact Mrs G. Roberts at email@example.com
Key stage 5
KS5 students will study OCR Product Design over the course of two years.
A Level in Design and Technology; Product Design offers connecting knowledge, understanding and skills that students will develop to relevant 21st century creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. With a focus on iterative design to equip them with valuable critical thinking skills needed for higher education and industry.
During the two-year course, you will study a range of materials. You will develop a technical understanding of how products function and how they are made to appropriately support the design and manufacture of your own design solutions. You will learn about wider design principles and the affect of design on users and the world we live in.
You will identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/products. You will develop your subject knowledge, including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture.
You will develop a critical mind through enquiry and problem solving, exploration, creation and evaluation of iterative designs. We encourage freedom in approaches towards designing and making so as not to limit the possibilities of project work or the materials and processes being used. The OCR content requires you to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. This content reflects the importance of Design and Technology as a pivotal STEM subject.