Design and Technology

Welcome to Design and Technology

The design and technology department offer an exciting curriculum at all key stages where our aim is to provide outstanding lessons, which challenge, inspire and engage students with a range of practical and problem solving skills.



Year 7 and 8

The Design and Technology courses in year 7 and 8 are on a carousel system and students rotate between each DT specialism (Materials/Engineering, Fashion and Textiles and Cooking and Nutrition).

The aim is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to access the KS4 courses. This is done through mainly practical lessons which allows their creativity and independent skills to develop.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Miss K Byrom, Head of Department.

Key Stage 4

  • BTEC Engineering Tech Award

Students will learn about the engineering world and how the demand for engineers is ever growing. People with engineering skills are always in demand. Students who study this course will learn about different engineering opportunities, different engineering sectors and workshop skills needed to succeed in the engineering world.
The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, automotive, aerospace and bio-science.


Controlled assessment – 60% which includes the following:

Component 1
A: Understanding engineering sectors, products and organisations, and how they interrelate
B: Explore engineering skills through the design process

Component 2
A: Understand materials, components and processes for a given engineered product
B: Investigate a given engineered product using disassembly techniques
C: Plan the manufacture of and safely reproduce/inspect/test a given engineered component

Examination – 40%

  • WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY specialising in Textiles

Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. You will specialise in textiles however you will need study all areas of DT (materials or graphics) which will enable you to combine materials to make good quality products.


Controlled assessment – 50% (Including making)
Examination – 50%

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Miss K Byrom, Head of Department.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Pupils will carry out theory and practical lessons to build on and embed their food and nutrition knowledge. Topics include: Preparation and cooking skills, nutrition and health, food science and safety, food choice and origin.

  • Controlled assessment – 50%(Including making)
  • NEA 1 – A practical investigation and report
  • NEA 2 – A research, plan, prepare, cook and evaluate project including a 3 hour practical
  • Examination – 50% (Including multiple choice questions)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact Miss K Byrom, Head of Department.

Enrichment Opportunities for Design and Technology

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.