Design Technology Department

We believe our students need to take an active role in developing their individual knowledge, understanding and skills as a student of DT and as a global citizen. 

Through our curriculum we aim: 

  • To encourage students to be creative and innovative when responding to design briefs 
  • To develop students’ problem solving skills through design and make activities 
  • To promote moral, cultural and environmental issues 
  • To promote equal opportunities for all
  • To encourage students to work independently or as part of a team in order to problem solve 
  • To progress students’ knowledge, understanding and practical skills 
  • To equip each student with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required

We offer a varied and engaging KS3 curriculum that includes Textiles, Graphics and Resistant Materials projects, designed for the British curriculum. 

 

Examination Qualifications offered:

IGCSE: Either Graphic Products or Resistant Materials, through the Cambridge International Examinations board. 

AS: Creative Design course, Art & Design, through Cambridge International Examinations board. 

A-level: 2-year Product Design course through the AQA Examination board. 

 

We follow an open door policy to our students to enable them to utilise and make the most of the department facilities outside of timetable lessons. 

 

Ms B. Renwick
Head of Design Technology

Year Group

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Year 7

Monsters Inc. Project – Textiles focus.

Board game Project – Graphics and Resistant Materials focus.

‘Cubbee’ Project – Graphic focus.

Picture Frame Project – Resistant Materials focus.

Year 8

Diversity House Flags Project – Textiles focus.

Block bot Project – Resistant Materials focus.

Ice Lolly Project – Graphics focus

Design Movement – Clock Project – Range of materials.

Year 9

Wacky Racers project – Graphics and Resistant Materials focus.

Upcycling Textiles Project – Textiles focus

Passive amplifier Project – Graphics focus.

Canned Project – Graphics and Resistant Materials focus.

GRAPHIC PRODUCTS

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Topic 5

Topic 6

Year 10 

Who are you? 

Technical Drawing

Theory component

Range of mini coursework projects to develop skills and knowledge to prepare for year 11 coursework project.

 

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Year 11 

Coursework project (50% of final grade.)

Technical Drawing (25% of final grade.)

Design component (25% of final grade.)

RESISTANT MATERIALS

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Topic 5

Year 10 

Theory component

Range of mini coursework projects to develop skills and knowledge to prepare for year 11 coursework project.

 

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Year 11 

Coursework project (50% of final grade.)

Theory component (25% of final grade.)

Design component (25% of final grade.)

AS: Creative Design course, Art & Design, through Cambridge International Examinations board. 

Students specialise in one of the following areas:

Graphic communication: They may focus on one or combine several of the following:

  • packaging design • branding • advertising • signage • typography.

Three-dimensional design: They may focus on one or combine several of the

following: • product design • interior and exterior architecture • interior design •

environmental design • set design

Textiles and fashion: They may focus on one or combine several of the following: •

fashion design and/or illustration • costume design • constructed textiles • screen printing •

batik • digital-printed textiles • surface pattern.

 

A-level: 2-year Product Design course through the AQA Examination board. 

1 – Paper 1 

What’s assessed: Technical principles 

How it’s assessed: • Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes • 120 marks • 30% of A-level 

Questions: Mixture of short answer and extended response.

2 – Paper 2 

What’s assessed: Designing and making principles 

How it’s assessed: • Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes • 80 marks • 20% of A-level 

Questions: Mixture of short answer and extended response questions. 

Section A: • Product Analysis: 30 marks • Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s). 

Section B: • Commercial manufacture: 50 marks • Mixture of short and extended response questions 

3 – Non-exam assessment (NEA) 

What is assessed: Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. 

How it’s assessed: • Substantial design and make project • 100 marks • 50% of A-level 

Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of a final prototype.