Design and Technology

Welcome to Design and Technology

The Design and Technology Faculty is dedicated to deliver an exciting and engaging curriculum that inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explore, experiment and create their own work and students are encouraged to work independently across a range of exciting subjects. Our well-equipped Faculty comprises two Art studios, three Design & Technology workshops, a Textiles studio and two Food Technology class rooms.

Meet the Team

Mr M Price, Head of Design & Technology
Mrs L Willan, Teacher of Design & Technology
Mrs P Robinson, Teacher of Food Technology

Key Stage 3 Design & Technology

The design and technology department delivers the knowledge and skills relating to product design, graphics, engineering, systems & control, food technology, computer aided design along with more traditional material manipulation skills. Staff work hard to ensure this is delivered through the medium of both engaging and challenging project work, often embedding the skills into a real life scenario. All projects are themed around relevant design briefs which students are expected to problem solve using an in an iterative manor with the aim of producing a commercially viable product.
Students will receive one hour Design and Technology a week and one hour of Food and Textiles a week.


Key Stage 4:

AQA 9-1 GCSE Design & Technology: Product Design

The AQA 9-1 GCSE Design & Technology: Product Design has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale, etc can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability. It comprises two compulsory Units:
Unit 1: Written Paper (45551)
Unit 2: Design & Making Practice (45552)
Design & Making Practice (60%) Written Paper (40%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr M Price – Faculty Leader for Design and Technology

WJEC Level 1/2 in Hospitality and Catering

Qualification – Level 1/2 Award
Exam Board – WJEC
Method of Assessment – Internally assessed project and Externally assessed project
The hospitality and catering sector includes all businesses that provide food, beverages, and/or accommodation services. This includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars. It also includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues; businesses where hospitality and catering is not their primary service but is increasingly important to their success. According to the British Hospitality Association, hospitality and catering is Britain’s fourth largest industry and accounts for around 10% of the total workforce. Since 2010, over 25% of all new jobs have been within the hospitality and catering sector with the majority of new roles falling within the 18-24 age group, according to a report by People 1st.

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study.
The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units:
Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry (External assessment)
Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action (internal assessment)

Learners must complete both units. This structure has been designed to develop in learners the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management.

Cambridge National L1/2 Child Development

This qualification is for learners aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.
The Cambridge National L1/2 Child Development is made up of three mandatory units:
R018: Health and well-being for child development
R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
R020: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for any of these courses please contact: Mr M Price – Faculty Leader of Design &Technology

Key Stage 5

Edexcel A Level Design and Technology Product Design

The course is divided into two parts:
Component 1: The Principles of Design and Technology;
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project.
The syllabus consists of four assessment objectives:
AO1: Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants;
AO2: Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose;
AO3: Analyse and evaluate:
• Design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others;
• Wider issues in design and technology;
AO4: Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of:
• Technical principles;
• Design and making principles.

Design and Technology Product Design is assessed in the following way:
Component 1 – 50% Component 2 – 50%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr M Price – Faculty Leader of Design and Technology