Design and Technology

"Students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments."
"Students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments."

In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.

They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

  • YEAR 7 TO 9
    • Hours per week: Week A x2 55 minute lessons / Week B x1 55 minute lesson
    • Subject Code:  7Dt / 8Dt / 9Dt

    Year 7 Units

    Communication Unit: 

    • Introduction to drawing and rendering
    • Basic 2D CAD (2D Design)
    • Basic 3D CAD (Sketchup / Fusion 360)

    Critter Project (rotating mass toy):

    • Thermo & Thermosetting Polymer Research
    • Biomimicry Research
    • Development Modeling
    • Cutting and Finishing Acrylic
    • 2D Design (CAD)
    • Use of the Laser Cutting
    • Soldering

    F1 In Schools: Team Based Technology Challenge

    • Graphic Design
    • Engineering 
    • Computer Aided Design
    • Brand Identity
    • 3D Computer Aided Manufacture

    Year 8 Units

    Communication Unit: 

    • Introduction to more advanced 3D Pictorial drawing and rendering techniques
    • Introduction to 2D & 3D CAD (2D Design / Fusion 360)

    Messenger Bag: Students design and make a messenger bag based on a material and design style

    • Sketching
    • Development Modeling with Patterns 
    • Cutting, Sewing and Assembling Synthetic and Natural Fabric
    • Smart Materials and E Textiles 

    MP3 Speaker:

    • Design sheet composition / Annotation and presentation
    • Primary Research (Product Disassembly) 
    • Secondary Research (existing products and materials investigations)
    • Advanced Rendering and Sketching Techniques
    • Development Modeling 
    • Use a rang of appropriate hand tools and equipment
    • 3D CAD (Fusion 360)
    • CAM Laser Cutter / 3D Printer / Camm1

    Year 9 Units


    Lighting 'in the style of': Design and manufacture LED desk lamps influenced by iconic designers or design movements

    • Secondary Research / Product Analysis
    • Visual Communication Techniques
    • Computer Aided Design

    Passive Amplifiers:

    • Acoustic Research
    • Investigation into Fabrication Techniques (combining different materials)
    • Prototype creation and testing
    • Orthographic Drawing 
    • Finishing Techniques
    • Packaging Design / Colour and Logos


     Formative assessment based on folio and practical work.

  • YEAR 10 AND 11


    Course Content

    A practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are also encouraged as part of the complete design proposal.

    Single tiered assessment covering grades A*–G to cater for students of all abilities.

    Year 10

    • Topics
    • Design and Market Influence
    • Materials and Components
    • Manufacturing Methods
    • Design and Make Projects
    • Designer Influences: Lighting in the style of a chosen design movement
    • Controlled Assessment Task
    • Investigating the Design Context
    • Developing Ideas

    Year 11

    • Controlled Assessment Task
    • Developing Ideas (continued)
    • Manufacturing in the workshop
    • Evaluating
    • Final review CAT Deadline (March)
    • Exam preparation: revision of topics.

    Final Assessment

    Examination (40%)

    The written examination – 2 hours. Candidates are given a themed preparation sheet 3 months prior to the exam. The first part of the exam is a design question based on the preparation sheet. The second part of the exam is based on the topics listed above.

    Controlled Assessment (60%)

    The task lasts approximately 40 hours. Candidates choose a design theme from a list supplied by AQA. They can specialise in a material that they enjoy working with such as wood, metal, plastic and textiles.

  • YEAR 12 AND 13

    AS Examinations

    Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

    • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
    • 2 hour written paper
    • 80 marks
    • Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections
    • Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions
    • Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two
    • Section 3 contains one compulsory question
    • Available June only

    Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

    • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
    • Coursework – approx 50 hours
    • 80 marks
    • Written (or electronic) design portfolio
    • Manufactured outcome(s)
    • Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller 
    • projects or a portfolio of work
    • Available June only

    A Level Examinations

    Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture

    • 25% of A Level
    • 2 hour written paper
    • 84 marks
    • Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections
    • Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section,
    • plus a final question from either section.
    • Includes synoptic assessment
    • Available June only

    Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice

    • 25% of A Level
    • Coursework – approx 60 hours
    • 85 marks
    • Written (or electronic) design folder
    • Manufactured outcome
    • Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity
    • Available June only
"Students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments."