Technology: Design Technology 

Faculty Leader: Mrs L Hennigan 

The Design Technology curriculum has been designed to allow all students to be creative and imaginative when designing and making products that solve real life problems.  It aims to build on student knowledge, understanding and skills while also teaching them about the technical understanding of a developing world to produce high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.  

Students will study a wide range of materials including papers, card, timber and metals.  They will also develop an understanding of systems, programmable components and mechanisms to understand how they work and are used in everyday life.  The Design Technology curriculum has been designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter their level of ability, while supporting them in developing their creative skills. 


Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8 students experience each Technology course within a rotation system.  Students will have the opportunity to learn Catering, Design Technology and Textiles throughout the year.  At Key Stage 3, students will complete the following modules: 

  • Health and Safety:  Students are introduced to the health and safety requirements in Design Technology to ensure they all know how to be safe, avoid risks and know the consequences to their actions if they fail to uphold the Health and Safety protocol in the classroom.  
  • Year 7 Artist Inspired ClockThis project is introduced in Year7 as some students may not have had much experience with DT at primary school. Students will research, produce a range of design ideas, develop their outcome using card pre-cut acrylic pieces, they must ‘finish’ these to a high standard, so it could be ‘shop bought’ This project has an emphasis on finishing skills rather than cutting skills. The use of an artist as inspiration for their product is linked to GCSE 3D Design (Art & Design) course, so there is continuity from year 7 to year 11 
  • Artist inspired Desk Tidy This project is introduced in Year 8 and builds on the book skills that the students have learnt in Year 7. It allows students to understand the design and make process and develop a range of hand tool/machinery skills and techniques such as the use of the hand tools and machinery to cut and shape different woods to create an outcome using a range of different woods and decorative stenciling. There is also emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills to support a high standard of verbal and written communication. The use of an artist as inspiration for their decorative outcome is linked to GCSE 3D Design (Art & Design) course, so there is continuity from year 7 to year 11.

In Year 9 students choose two Technology options from Catering, Design Technology, Graphics and Textiles.  Choosing two Technology subjects allows students to have more time to develop a broader range of skills, which will make the transition easier at GCSE.   

  • Year 9 Design Technology Sculpture ProjectStudents will look at a range of famous artists then choose, research, design and develop their ideas into a 3D sculptural piece that could be for fashion or interiors using a range of materials – wood, metal, acrylic, clay, wire, card, recycled materials and a range of hand and machinery techniques.  
  • Year 9 Graphics Artists Project:  Students will look at a range of paper artists who focus on faces and incorporate their work into a 3D outcome using a range of paper and card techniques.   
  • Year 9 Graphics Crumble Project:  Students will look at computing and the use of electronics to embed intelligence into products so that they can be programmed to perform different actions. ​ Students will use Crumble to program a self-driving robot to perform different actions.  They will also use 3D Computer Aided Design software to create a prototype shell for the vehicle.  


Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4 students can choose to study AQA GCSE Art and Design: Three-Dimensional Design.  This course provides students with a range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to develop and explore their personal interests in 3D Design.  Students will create designs and products for architectural design, sculpture, ceramics, product design, jewelry and body adornment, interior design, environmental / landscape / garden design, exhibition design, 3D digital design and designs for theatre, film and television.  Throughout their work, students will apply knowledge and understanding on the way sources inspire the development of ideas relevant to 3D Design through cultural, social, historical, contemporary and environmental issues where necessary to produce a personal response.  

The GCSE course has two components, a portfolio and an externally set assignment, culminating in a 10-hour supervised practical exam.  Students will complete three portfolio projects using the following themes to produce a creative and meaningful outcome: 

  • Insects 
  • Lamps and Lighting 
  • Materials 


What can I do with a Design Technology qualification?  

A GCSE in 3D Design is not only for people who wish to take their studies further or pursue a career in technology and the creative arts.  It also develops your ability to work independently, think creatively and solve problems.  These are important qualities whether applied to your professional or personal life, skills which colleges, universities and employers are looking for when selecting from a group of applicants.  Such a qualification can lead to careers in, but not limited to, product design, interior design, landscaping, manufacturing, engineering and architecture.