Design Technology


In Design Technology we have 6 specialist rooms. These include:

  • A brand new, state of the art Food Technology room including integrated computer stations
  • A textiles/fashion room complete with computer controlled sewing machines
  • Three multimedia workshops with integrated design areas
  • One specialist computer suite including a laser cutting machine and an A3 laser printer


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students study the following design Technology specialisms:

Food TechnologyTextiles/FashionResistant Materials including electronic systems


Food Technology

Year 7 - In these lessons, students learn about healthy food and balanced diet. All students prepare and produce a wide and varied range of healthy food options. Students cook on alternate weeks with the other lessons being used to discuss and demonstrate the cooking skills required.

Year 8 - In these lessons, students learn about preparing a range of healthy, well balanced and nutritious packed lunches. The exact composition of each will be selected by the individual students, but working within the guidelines provided.

Year 9 - In these lessons, students prepare and produce a range of sweet and savoury products including: Sweet pancakes, tomato ragu, swiss roll, thai green curry, shepherd’s pie and fajitas



Year 7 - students design and make a hand puppet out of a range of fabrics.

Year 8 - students design and make a mini-monster themed stuffed toy.

Year 9 - students design and make a ‘Smart’ cover for a smart device of their choice.


Resistant Materials including electronic systems

Year 7 - students design and make an electronic steady hand game. They also design and make a model bridge.

Year 8 - students design and make an electronic fan utilising computer design and laser cutting technology to cut out the body of the fan. They also design and make a ‘Buggy’ powered by an elastic band.

Year 9 - students design and make an electronic doorbell. They also design and make a clock using CAD/CAM.


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students choose to undertake one or more of the following options:

GCSE – Graphic Products

GCSE – Resistant Materials

GCSE – Hospitality & Catering

GCSE – Textiles/Fashion

GCSE – Child Development


GCSE – Graphic Products

The course aims to give you opportunities in designing 2D and 3D products and producing them as models. A large part of the course develops and improves graphic skills (particularly computer graphics) enabling you to present design ideas more clearly.

The course introduces topics and skills relevant to a wide range of careers in the design field, from product design and fashion design to advertising and architectural design.

The first part of this course involves teaching you more advanced drawing techniques. This is followed by a series of mini projects where you will develop your designing and modelling skills. The major assignment for this course involves producing one detailed design folder and one model. Recent examples include designing and making board games to a professional standard using advanced computer graphics and our laser cutting machine.


GCSE – Resistant Materials

This course gives the opportunity for students who enjoy designing and making activities to further develop their abilities to GCSE standard. The course would suit students who enjoy more ‘hands on’ practical work. The major assignment for this course involves producing one detailed design folder and one manufactured product. Recent examples include designing items of educational toys and themed bird house designs.

All students taking this course will have direct access to our own set of computers with high quality design based software. This will be directly linked to our CAM machines including our laser cutter. The course is largely experienced through practical projects and provides a good grounding for A Level and also skill-based careers in industry.


GCSE – Hospitality & Catering


Following a course in GCSE Catering should encourage learners to:

Be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors

make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.



The industry – food and drink

Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training

Health, safety and hygiene

Food preparation, cooking and presentation

Nutrition and menu planning

Costing and portion control

Specialist equipment

Communication and record keeping


GCSE – Textiles / Fashion

Textiles and Fashion is a practical subject area which enables learners to demonstrate their creativity through designing and making fashion garments and textile interior products. Key Stage 4 Textiles and Fashion builds upon skills learnt at Key Stage 3 to allow learners to experiment with new ideas and work with innovative materials.

The design and make element of the Textiles and Fashion course encourages and prepares learners for taking higher level courses or for entering the world of work.


GCSE – Child Development

Child Development is part of the Technology department. The classroom has a variety of specialist child development books for pupils to source information from and has parenting simulation Real Care baby that pupils are able to take home to gain an understanding of how to care for a baby. Also available within the Technology department is a computer suite used for research, homework and the completion of controlled assessment portfolios.

Child Development concentrates on the development and care of children from conception to the age of five years. It allows pupils to develop skills in creativity, innovative thinking and independence relating to their personal interest.



Homework and coursework club for all students every lunchtime in our computer suite.Textiles, Graphics & Resistant Materials coursework sessions after school every evening during Spring term. Hospitality & Catering coursework sessions on Wednesdays after school.Clothes Show visit at the NEC every Autumn term for Key Stage 4 students.FutureChef cooking completion every year for Key Stage 4 students.

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