Design & Technology

Teaching Staff

Mr P Shepherd – Head of Open Faculty
Mrs W Elliott – Technician
Mrs M Roach – Technician

Weekly Lesson Allocations

  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8/9) – 3x 50 minute lessons per week
  • Key Stage 4 (Years 10/11) – 3x 50 minute lessons per week

Design & Technology Curriculum Statement

Design and Technology encourages creativity, resilience and independence. Increasingly challenging projects that develop problem solving in a variety of materials. Students learn a broad subject knowledge that incorporates Maths, Science, Engineering and Art.

We of course use the technology that that is now common in the engineering and design world but there is still a focus on the traditional handmade skills that establishes a solid foundation. Design Technology is a rigorous subject that gives the students the opportunity to become resilient, risk taking and enterprising citizens. They will study the work of others and understand how design is developed through people’s views and specific needs.

Students who study Design Technology can go on to make a massive contribution to the creativity, wealth and culture of the world.

D&T Curriculum Overview (pdf)

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage three is assessed using threshold statements. Students will be given a working at threshold at each data capture if they have been in the rotation for this subject:

Threshold Statements – D&T (pdf)

Pupils are set homework booklets half termly to develop their mathematical problem solving skills. There are a choice of tasks and these are self, peer and teacher assessed. THOA Homework Resources

Key stage 4:

Higher Syllabus: 8552
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website:
Subject: Design and Technology

Design Technology syllabus content:

  • Pupils will work to research a situation presented by the exam board. They will develop a design and build a prototype.
  • Pupils will learn about a range of materials, manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies and will be able to use them as appropriate to the design and make process.
  • The main project is based on a brief supplied by the exam board. This is carried out under conditions of controlled assessment and represents around 40 hours of work.
  • This project comprises a significant folder of design work and will also require the purchase of suitable materials for the modelling and making of the final product. It may be necessary for pupils or parents to fund the purchase of these materials.