An overview of Design and Technology at KS3 and KS4

Design Technology is taught in a multimedia workshop by one member of staff, and supported by a technicians. A diverse range of specialist skills are covered in the course of study.

The aims of the department are to:

  • Encourage technological awareness and confidence so that pupils will be able to play an effective part in the technological world of the twenty-first century;
  • Stimulate the development of a range of designing and making skills;
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of materials and components, systems and control and structures;
  • Develop the pupils’ capability, through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding to design and make products;
  • Encourage the development of problem solving skills. 

Design and Technology is compulsory in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) where the National Curriculum syllabus is used as the basis for our schemes of work. At Key Stage 4 AQA Product Design GCSE is offered.

Over the three years spent in Key Stage 3, pupils study the subject areas of Product Design, Graphic Products and Electronics within Design Technology, to help prepare them should they decide to opt for GCSE.

Through individual and group work, focussed practical tasks, skills based exercises and individual design and make based projects, they cover a variety of skills including: 

  • Use of hand tools and machines
  • Designing and making using the design cycle for guidance, including developing a design brief and specification, research skills, developing and modelling designs, planning and making their designs, and evaluating their end product.
  • Risk assessment and Health and Safety in the work shop
  • CAD/CAM, using 2D Design and associated machinery, and other graphic software packages.
  • Printed Circuit Board soldering and Electronic systems and control programming

AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design (Years 10 and 11) enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

Candidates will have the opportunity to learn how to:
• Further develop their use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products.
• consider the solution to more technical problems in the design and manufacture process; use tools and equipment safely with regard to themselves and others.
• Plan their time and work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials/ingredients and  components; manufacture products applying quality control procedures; have knowledge of Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAM) and use as appropriate.
• Ensure, through testing, modification and evaluation, that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users, and devise modifications where necessary that would improve the outcome(s).
• Understand the advantages of working as part of a team when designing and making products.