Design and Technology


Year 7


Design and technology is the discovery of new material and new technologies through the iterative process. Pupils explore new knowledge through the technology stands of textiles, graphics and resistant materials. The year is designed to enable pupils to learn about safe practices, material properties and building of hand tool skills though the design cycle  


Year 8


Design and technology focuses on developing key knowledge through challenging the design cycle. Pupils are introduced to elements of electronic control and CADM systems, understanding how new technologies play a part in design innovation and realisation 


Year 9


During year 9 the pupils are exposed to design engineering practises, combined with the more traditional design and realisation systems. Pupils explore the role of the iterative design processes, reviewing how design and re modelling of ideas informs final products and stages- i.e.  Manufacture and industrial processes. Year 9 is used to prepare the pupils for the subject at keystage 4, introducing practice of the non-assessed examination (NEA) and detailed theoretical knowledge and skills 


GCSE options


OCR nationals L1/2 Engineering Design and AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9-1  

Cambridge National in Engineering Design helps students understand the processes of engineering design and how market requirements informs the industry. Through practical exploration students develop knowledge and skills in design, iterative processes, technical and computer modelling, and model making to communicate design ideas effectively. The course is divided into four sections R105- externally tested unit, R106- design cycle, R107- engineering drawings using technical skills and 3D software and R108- realisation and prototyping of a design idea    


Year 11 - and AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9-1    


The AQA GCSE requires you to develop skills and understanding in both designing and making. The course will teaches the students to develop a functional prototype which is tested against the user. The course is divided into three main parts:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

All these parts will be assessed in the final examination, a two hour written paper, worth 50% of the mark with the non-assessed unit (NEA) externally set by the board, worth 50%.

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