Design & Technology

Inspire our students to be creative and curious, enabling them to solve real life problems and discover what's possible in the wider world of technology.


Key Stage 3

The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

Cooking and Nutrition:

  • As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Food: Eatwell Guide Project

  • Textiles: Bag Project

  • Resistant Material: Crocodile Automata Project

  • Electronics: Moisture Tester Project

  • Graphics: Keyring CAD/CAM project

Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Food: Dietary Needs project

  • Textiles: Hat Project

  • Resistant Material: Wind Chime Project

  • Electronics: Mood Light/Timer Project

  • Graphics: Clocks CAD/CAM project

Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Food: International Cuisine Project

  • Textiles: Sustainability Project

  • Resistant Material/Electronics: Desk Lamp Project

  • Graphics: Nets CAD/CAM project

Key Stage 4

Students will select one of the three Design and Technology subjects to study in more detail Resistant Materials OR Textiles OR Graphics. Design and Technology is an area of study that focuses on planning, designing and creating products which people use. GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Useful Website Links:

Scroll down to 'Design and Technology'. You will then be able to select AQA. The content of this site covers all of the topics studied on the AQA 8552 GCSE course that we follow. Every aspect is to be understood and it supports the content of the Knowledge Organisers very well.

Has lots of fabulous content. However, I would recommend that students use the 'New D and T GCSE' tab and read through aspects of this depending on what topic they are interested in revising at the time.

Adobe Spark lets you turn your text and photos into a professional-looking, attention-​getting graphic. This program will support your Graphic design projects to enable you to show creative final outcomes.

Revision specific for DT with videos, online quizzes and interactive content.