Design Technology is one of the most varied subject areas which draws together elements of your learning from other subjects and applies them in a useful, usable way.

Technology is fundamental to our lives, from the phones in your pockets, to the houses you live in, from the transport that brings our food to the design of the fabrics we wear.

In technology you will learn about many areas that will stuimulate you academically as well as gain practical useful skills for later life, whether or not you pursue a career in these areas.o

During their year 7, 8 and 9 lesson students will have the opportunity to explore the principles of Design and Technology. Alongside learning about the design process and how to produce design ideas, they will look at products and analyse them to gain an understanding of how and why they have been made that way, what materials have been used and the environmental impact of the design and technology.

Students will undertake a range of projects to learn about different materials and their properties and use a range of tools and equipment to produce a product.

Design Technology – GCSE Product Design

Why study Product Design?

We live in exciting times!  In the last 100 or so years, the technological advancement of the world’s cultures has advanced at a staggering rate, with Design and Technology as the key to this progression.  If you have an inquiring mind, are interested in how things are designed and made, think that there are better ways for products to be designed then D&T is for you.

Product Design combines creative, practical and STEM skills into one exciting and interactive subject. On top of this, the creative design industry is one the fastest growing employment sectors in the UK. The Product Design course is designed to prepare students for entry into the industry or further education by providing them with relevant skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the modern creative design market.

Topics include:

  • Materials
  • New and Emerging Technologies
  • Mechanical and Electrical systems
  • Past and present designers
  • Design methods
  • Manufacturing skills


  • One piece of non-examination coursework (NEA), completed in year 11 worth 50% of the total mark.
  • One exam at the end of year 11, worth 50%.

Which students do well at Product Design?

  • Students who have an interest in design
  • Students who are interested in producing practical outcomes
  • Students who are interested in how/why things are made
  • Students who are interested in past and present design

Who do I contact for more information?

Mrs L Hart (

Design Technology – BTEC Engineering

Why study Engineering?

The aims of this course are to introduce students to the exciting and fast changing world of engineering. The course is designed to show students the many different areas in engineering and how they are used in the modern world. The students will learn how to design, build and test electronic circuits and also learn how to investigate engineered products and describe them in detail and explain why they are made that way and why the materials were chosen. Students will finish the course having learnt about a wide variety of exciting new developments in engineering and how they are used in the real world.

As part of this course students will produce an engineered product and will be trained how to use equipment such as the lathe and milling machine. Students will learn how to manipulate materials using CAD CAM and will use automated equipment such as 3D printers and a laser cutter.

We have great partnerships with industry and our external partnerships will be working with students and providing support to them. Students will have the opportunity of having work experience within an engineering company and apprentices will be visiting the school to share ideas with our students regarding their coursework.

An engineering qualification is one of the best ways to ensure employment in one of the areas where job opportunities are growing. The Telegraph recently reported that an engineering degree is one of the top qualifications most likely to secure future employment. With support from our partners and our expertise we believe that we provide an excellent education for our 21st century students.

Topics will include:

  • Engineering Principles
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
  • Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
  • A Specialist Engineering Project
  • Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
  • Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems

Who can I contact for help?

Mrs L Hart (

A Level Product Design

The Design and Technology – Product Design A Level combines creative use of the iterative design process, practical work shop skills, CAD/CAM development, plus theoretical knowledge of materials and material processing to develop on from the GCSE content.

Year 12

Students will study theory of materials including Woods, Metals, Polymers, Textiles, Composites, and Smart and Modern materials.  Within these material areas, student will learn about the associated material processing methods, the physical, mechanical and material properties of each area, as well as how and why these materials are used for real life products.

Students will undertake various design and make projects including: A scaled model of a design movement inspired piece of furniture, a 3D printed wireless speaker, and an infinity mirror.  Within all of these projects, students will use an iterative approach to design the most effective outcome for a client, and will be taught advanced manufacturing methods.

Year 13

Year two theory completes the theory syllabus started in year 12, topics include – sustainable design, social, moral, and ethical design factors, inclusive design, applied maths and physics, and advanced technical drawing.

Students will spend the end of year 12 and most of year 13 completing a single, self-identified “live” project.  This project MUST be undertaken with a live client to liaise with, and will entail the full design process.  Students will have to identify a need or problem that their client has, analyse and research associated area, then design and develop a suitable outcome, before manufacturing a working prototype.  At all stages, the client is involved and consulted as to whether the proposed designs meet their specifications.


The course is examined by a 2.5 hour exam worth 50% of the A Level plus a Non Examined Assessment also worth 50%

The examined content comprises:

  • Materials
  • Performance characteristics of materials
  • Processes and techniques
  • Digital technologies
  • Factors influencing the development of products
  • Effects of technological developments
  • Potential hazards and risk assessment
  • Features of manufacturing industries
  • Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
  • Current legislation
  • Information handling, Modelling and forward planning
  • Further processes and techniques.

The NEA:

  • The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Students will produce a substantial design, make and evaluate project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype
  • The portfolio will contain approximately 40 sides of A3 paper (or electronic equivalent)
  • There are four parts to the assessment:
    1. Identifying and outlining possibilities for design Identification and investigation of a design possibility, investigation of client/end user needs, wants and values, research and production of a specification
    2. Designing a prototype Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of development and final design and communication of design ideas
    3. Making a final prototype Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy
    4. Evaluating own design and prototype Testing and evaluation.

Careers in Design and Engineering

The design industry is vast!  By completing this A Level, students will have the opportunity to advance into many design industries; from Graphic Design to Architecture, from Product Design to Product Engineering, from Automotive Design to Web Design.

The Creative Industry within the UK is worth a massive £92 billion, to the UK GDP and is one of the fastest growing sectors with the UK economy, and is DESPERATE for talented young individuals.  On top of that, creativity is listed as one of the top desired characteristics of most leading UK employers; Design Technology is one of the few A Levels that embodies true creativity and critical problem solving in a real world scenario.

The food industry is constantly expanding providing a wide range of opportunities. A qualification in food science and nutrition could lead to being a food scientist, nutritionist, dietitian, product developer, sports nutritionist, environmental health officer.

These videos show a few aspects that engineers could be involved in:

After School Clubs

After school Activity clubs are an important part of any Students day and we are proud to offer them extensive opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities while learning new skills.

They will learn a wide variety of new skills, and the activities on offer will help our students be exposed to trying new things! It goes without saying that extra-curricular activities are essential to a young person’s future and can really shape which path they choose. In addition to this, they will learn new skills, make new friends, develop their social skills, and most importantly, have fun!

Who do I contact for more information?

Mrs L Hart (

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