Design, Technology and Engineering

Head of Faculty – Mr J Workman

Our aim in the Design and Technology Faculty is to create an environment in which all learners feel confident and happy to explore all the opportunities around them. Design and Technology is about identifying needs, generating ideas, planning, making and testing to find the best solutions.  We encourage all learners to be creative and believe in their own ability.

During KS3 we aim to develop their practical skills and understanding of working with a range of different materials including metals, polymers, timbers and textiles. At the end of KS3 students have the option to choose Design & Technology as a GCSE and further develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

We aim to develop our young people by:

  • Promoting high expectations for both staff and learners
  • Creating a culture that is technological, enterprising and challenging for every learner so they are able to reach their full potential
  • Developing innovative teaching, and encouraging creativity
  • Working as  a team, promoting trust and encouragement for both staff and learners


During Year 7 and Year 8 learners will explore the range of different subjects within Design & Technology. They will spend approximately 7 weeks within each subject area, which includes Materials Technology, Modern Technology, Textiles, Design Engineer Construct and Food. The aim is to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the different areas to give them the foundations should they decide to choose it as a GCSE.

Learners will carry out a number of small practical tasks to develop their skills and will complete a work booklet for each subject area.


Courses offered:

GCSE Design & Technology


Course title
GCSE Design & Technology
Course Description   Design and Technology is an exciting, creative and challenging subject which builds a bridge between academic learning and its usefulness and relevance to the world.   This course is aimed at students who have a passion for designing and making products from a variety of materials, including resistant materials, electronic components, card and paper.   Students will use a wide range of tools and equipment to convert ideas and raw materials into products, for example: Furniture, clothes, toys, jewellery, IPOD docking stations, games, packaging etc.
Examination board and information   Edexcel GCSE 50% Controlled Assessment and 50% exam
Controlled Assessment During Year 9 students will undertake a variety of focused practical tasks and build a portfolio of evidence. During Year 10 and 11 students will focus on design contexts which are released each from the exam board and will undertake their coursework and prepare for their exam.
Further and higher education   A-Level Design and Technology: Product Design Apprenticeships University Degree
Careers Industrial design, product design, graphic design, Jewellery Making, Design Industry, Manufacturing and Production
Course title Engineering Technical Award – Level 2 qualification equivalent to a GCSE
Course Description   This BTEC course has been designed to give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector. The core units underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. One core unit focuses on essential knowledge, and the other core unit focuses on applying essential vocational skills.  
Examination board and information Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering Units Include: Explore Component 1 – Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications Develop Component 2 – Investigating an Engineering Products Apply Component 3 – Responding to an Engineering Brief
Controlled Assessment Component 1 and 2 of this course is project based and requires students to be highly organised and self-motivated. There will be projects to complete throughout the course that require students to work independently to research, record and reflect before reporting their findings. Component 3 is written based exam and investigation.  
Further and higher education   Achievement at Level 2 provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector through progression on to other vocational qualifications at level 3, such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering. Successful learners at level 2 may also consider general qualifications at Level 3 such as GCE AS or A Levels in Engineering or Design and Technology-Product Design.
Careers   There are a wide range of engineering sectors including mechanical, automotive and electrical. Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods. The qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions.
Skills and attributes   Throughout this course learners will develop a range of skills, including research and independent-learning skills, communication and teamwork skills, communication skills, including speaking, listening and presentation skills.