Technology and Design Department


Technology and Design gives pupils the opportunity to use materials to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to design and solve problems effectively. The subject  specification is divided into four areas:


  • Designing
  • Communicating
  • Energy and control
  • Materials and manufacturing processes


Department Facilities


  • 1 Systems room
  • 2 Planning rooms
  • 2 Manufacturing workshops
  • 1 Material store
  • 1 System store


Key Stage 3
During their first three years all students will be introduced to a range of materials, which will help them develop the skills and knowledge necessary to design and make products.


Key Stage 4


AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials

A practical approach that encourages your students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials are required but other materials may be used in addition

  • Single tiered assessment covering grades A*–G to cater for students of all abilities
  • This specification has a unitised structure based on a theory unit (examination) and a coursework unit (design and make activity)

Written Paper (2 hours)  40% of the total marks:Answer all questions

  • Section A  - A design question based on design brief supplied before the exam to allow for preparation both in class and individually

  • Section B - Covers all aspects of the specification content in terms of materials and manufacturing

Controlled Assessment 60% of the total marks

A design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise A3 design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process


AQA A Level Technology (Product Design 3D)

A-Level Technology studies cover four main topics, and pupils will study two of these each year.

Year 13

  • In ‘Materials, components and application’ - pupils will look at materials, productionprocesses and the impact of cost and design.
  • In ‘Learning through designing and making’ pupils will produce some coursework using their own designs with a range of materials and media.
  • In the first year pupils will have two assessments.

-          A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of the total marks.

-          The coursework and design portfolio account for another 25% of the total marks.

Year 14

  • In ‘Design and manufacture’ – pupils will learn to appreciate therelationship between design and technology, or form and function.
  • The ‘Design and making in practice’ is the practical, coursework part. Pupils will make anobject and record the processes that they went through.
  • In Year two pupils will have two assessments

-          A two hour written paper worth 25% of the total marks

-          Practical coursework and a design portfolio account for the final 25% of the A Level marks.

Where will success take me?

3D design could take pupils into a number of exciting career paths. Of course there’s product or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD for industry appeals more? This course could take pupils into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.

What skills will I learn?

The D&T Product Design3D will help pupils develop a number of skills:

- How to assemble data and assess it

- How to investigate facts and use deduction

- How to put over their point of view fluently

- How to work as a team to achieve results

- How to take responsibility for their own learning.