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Design & Technology

Head of Department: Mr S Fernihough


The Nature of Design and Technology
Design and Technology (D&T) is essentially about providing opportunities for pupils to develop their capability, through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create high quality products, using a wide range of materials and processes.

The teaching of D&T is a distinctive creative process that combines the intellectual with practical skills through purposeful practical activities. The creative process in which pupils are engaged is interactive, but involves a series of identifiable activities including:

  • investigating design opportunities
  • developing creative design proposals, and modifying them in light of evaluation (Iterative Design)
  • planning and making proposed solutions
  • overcoming problems as they arise
  • evaluating the effectiveness of process used and the products made.

D&T is an important subject in that it makes a distinctive contribution to the curriculum. It teaches important skills not covered in other subject areas and offers the opportunity for a wide range of teaching and learning styles enabling students to achieve, learn and value their schooling.

Key areas for success:

  • Learning through doing
  • Using a wide range of skills
  • Opportunities for Creativity
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Enjoyment
  • Making quality products and prototypes
  • Relevant tasks
  • Ownership of projects

Key Stage 3 Schemes of Work

Key Stage 3 Project Plan - based on 72 hours per year

Year 7
D&T Foundation year covering all areas of Design and Technology, taught by the same teacher over the year.

  • Year 6/7 transition (2)
  • Graphics skills (10)
  • CAD – Prodesktop (10)
  • CAM – Techsoft keyfob (8) 
  • Hand Held Game – Wood/Plastics (18)
  • Textiles –Printing/Tie Dying (8)
  • Cooking and Nutrition –Healthy eating (8)
  • Structures – team tasks (8)

Year 8 & 9
Students do 40 hours Resistant Materials in both years 8 and 9, and do 36 hours Food tech in either 8 or 9 and 36 hours of Textiles in either 8 or 9

  • Cooking and Nutrition / Textiles – one project per term (36)
  • Trophy – Metals (12)
  • Decorative Box - Wood (12)
  • Mini Light – Plastics/Electronics (12)

Year 9

  • Cooking and Nutrition / Textiles – one project per term (36)
  • Clock / mobile – plastics/multi-material (20)
  • Graphics – investigation, modelling, corporate design, built environment (6)
  • Project Pinocchio – B&E team task (10)

GCSE Course(s) Overview

Key Stage 4 Overview
The D&T GCSE follows the OCR specification but classes specialise in one of the following focus areas:

  • Graphics Focus
  • Resistant Materials Focus
  • Textiles Focus

Courses start in year 10 with a number of focused practical tasks and projects designed to raise students’ skill levels.

The Design and Make coursework (Non Examined Assessment) is worth 50% of the final mark) begins towards the end of year 10 and continues until  the end of the spring term in year 11. Students select one of the 3 contexts set by the exam board and develop their own product. Students are set a number of interim deadlines during this time and are provided with support materials and assessment information to enable them to maximise their marks.

The rest of year 11 is directed towards revision activities and preparation for the final exam.

The following Food and Nutrition courses are also run:

  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA)
  • V.Cert Food and Cookery (NCFE)

Both courses focus on developing students’ skills and knowledge in a food preparation environment but each has a slightly different assessment system.

GCSE Exam Boards Used

Board: OCR
Design and Technology – (J310)

Board: AQA

Food preparation and Nutrition – (8585)

V.Cert: NCFE

Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery – (601/4533/X)

A Level Course(s) Overview

Exam Board: OCR

A Level GCE Design and Technology: Product Design H406

Course Structure:

In the first year of study Students undertake a number of project tasks to develop their designing and making skills and improve their knowledge of Designing and making principles.

In the second year, students focus on their “Iterative Design Project” for their final coursework (Non-examined Assessment).  This is a Design and make project and is work 50% of their final A level mark.

The following assessed units will need to be completed in the second year of study:

H406/01: Principles of Product Design (Written paper 1 hour 30 Mins)                 26.7% of total A level
H406/02: Problem Solving in Product Design (Written paper 1 hour 45 minutes)  23.3% of total A level

H406/03: Iterative Design Project (Non-examined Assessment)                            50% of total A level

H406/01: Principles of Product Design

Learners will be required to:

  • analyse existing products
  • demonstrate applied mathematical skills
  • demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
  • demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

H406/02: Problem solving in Product Design

This component has a series of longer answer questions that require learners to demonstrate their problem solving and critical evaluation skills. Learners will be required to:

  • apply their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products
  • demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions.

H406/03: Iterative Design Project

The ‘Iterative Design Project’  is the main coursework component (NEA).  It requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative design process of explore, create and evaluate.  Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence in real time though the project to demonstrate their competence.

September 2019