Students are introduced to a range of 2D and 3D skills to enable them to communicate their creative ideas to others. They will explore and experience a range of tools, equipment and machinery that will aid them in developing their practical skills. Students will investigate a range of materials, products and the work of others to develop their own design decisions while exploring ideas. Activities are stimulating, challenging and vary in duration and complexity. 
As students develop, they work on a series of short projects to develop and demonstrate skills. Ultimately students are encouraged to develop their critical evaluation skills which they can employ in a variety of techniques; aesthetics, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts. As a result they will become independent, self-motivated adults, ready for a career or university.

Faculty Leader: 
Mr G Parsons
Subject Teacher:
Mrs M Owen

Curriculum Outline

Key Stage 3 
Key focus: 

  • The ability to communicate ideas visually using sketching and model making.
  • Researching, analysing and evaluating.
  • Design decision and solutions.
  • Social, moral and environmental implications.
  • Health and Safety in the workshop, using basic hand tools and fixed machinery.
  • Practical skills and manufacture.
  • Materials, uses and characteristics.

Key Stage 4 

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.

AQA Course Assessment Overview (to be inserted)


Key Stage Taught (Yes / No)
Key Stage 3 Yes
Key Stage 4 Yes
Key Stage 5 No

Examination Information
Official name of course Qualification Level Exam Board
Design and Technology GCSE AQA