Design & Technology

Subject Leader

Mrs E Beasley


Subjects: GCSE Design & Technology, A Level Graphic Communication, A Level Fashion & Textiles, KS3 Food Preparation & Nutrition, KS3 Textiles, KS3 Product Design teacher

Members of the department

Mr. C. Stansbury; (2nd in Dept) GCSE Design & Technology, KS3 Product Design teacher & EPQ Co-coordinator for Sixth Form

Miss E. Hubbard; A Level Fashion & Textiles, KS3 Textiles, KS3 Graphics, GCSE Graphic Communication teacher

Mrs K. Johnson; GCSE & KS3 Food Preparation & Nutrition teacher, KS3 Textiles & Product Design teacher

Mrs S. Morris; GCSE & KS3 Food Preparation & Nutrition teacher (subject coordinator)

Mrs R. Southall; GCSE Graphic Communication, GCSE Design & Technology, A Level Graphic Communication, KS3 Product Design, KS3 Textiles teacher


Mrs B. Astbury-Jones; Food Preparation & Nutrition, Textiles


Mrs S. Sherriff; Food and Textiles technician

Mr. M. Bullock; Product Design and Graphics technician

About Our Subject

The design and technology department strive to see students aspire to and achieve success at Key Stage 3 and GCSE level.

Individual success for key Stage 4 students will range from an A* grade for the most able students in both exam and coursework, to students completing a challenging practical and making a product which they feel proud of. Learning and developing key skills in the kitchen to the design studio, CAD CAM facilities and workshop that can be further pursued at college or university.

For Key Stage 3 students in Product Design and Textiles, the department wants to inspire and fire the student’s imagination and sense of creativity through various design work tasks. Basic skills are taught through focused practical tasks and these lead to greater freedom with making products in the trial option year 9 academic year. Students are introduced to CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) and use this in several projects.

Key stage 3 students in Food Preparation & Nutrition are introduced to the 5 basic nutrients with addition of fibre and water. Students learn about healthy eating through making a range of food products and also develop their skills using equipment and utensils in the kitchen. Students are encouraged to independently follow a recipe and adhere to safety and hygiene guidance at all times in the kitchen environment.

The Design and Technology department strive for excellence as standard; in the teaching, in the classroom and in results at key stages 3,4 and 5.

DT Graphics Yr 7 & Yr 8

Students will spend the year studying Resistant Materials with Graphics skills taught through parts of the projects. Food and Textiles technology are delivered by a carousel system so students will spend part of the year in each.

This is an over view of projects currently taught at Key Stage 3. We try to update, develop and change projects in-line with developments within the subject and to feed into our Key Stage 4 curriculum.

Food Resistant Materials Textiles Graphics
Year 7: Welcome to Food Tech. Project.

Breakfast Project.

Introduction to the workshop.

CAD CAM introduction.

Key Fob Project.

Memphis Furniture Design Project.

Juggling Bag


Presentation skills; Pen design project.
Year 8: Healthy Meals Project.

Developing recipes; Scone Project.

Metal Creature Project.

CAD CAM Money Boxes.

Alessi Product Design Project.

Adinkra Project. Grid drawing and technical drawing.
Year 9: Bread Challenge Project.

Hot Food on the Move Project.

Pewter Jewellery Project.

Mechanical Toy Project.

Architectural Design Project.

E-Textiles Project. Kitchen and garden design; plan drawing and perspective drawing.

Food Technology GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

 Course outline:

 The course content is based around the following types of work, skills and knowledge. They are listed in no particular order:

Extending your range of practical skills

  • All types of pastry work
  • All methods of cake making
  • Protein foods
  • Bread products
  • Sweet and Savoury sauces
  • Designing and creating your own product ideas.
  • ICT is taught and used throughout the course and course-work project as appropriate.
  • Learning about the function and nutritional properties of different food products.
  • Design project, including a Christmas Cake.
  • A detailed coursework project.

Graphic Products GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Course outline:

The course content is based around the following types of work, skills and knowledge.  They are listed in no particular order.

  • Freehand sketching techniques
  • Colour application and rendering using a variety of media.
  • Technical drawing skills including both 2 and 3 dimensional work, such as 2 point perspective and orthographic projection.
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) work using both 2 and 3 dimensional programs (2D Design).
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) to support the making of the coursework project.
  • ICT is taught and used throughout the course and coursework project as appropriate.
  • Designing skills such as researching, producing ideas,
  • Developing ideas and evaluating.
  • Making skills using light modelling materials.
  • Learning about designers such as Alberto Alessi
  • Mini design projects.
  • A detailed coursework project.

Hospitality and Catering GCSE

Exam Board: WJEC

Course outline:

Hospitality & Catering is both a theoretical and practical, work-related course suitable for students interested in learning food preparation, cooking and serving skills. You will learn about hospitality and catering by completing projects, assignments and activities based on and about this industry.

This is a full course GCSE with two written and practical coursework assignments (60% of final grade). There is a written theory exam in the final summer term of the course (40% of final GCSE grade).

 A financial contribution towards the cost of some practical lesson ingredients (eg. Fish), which is more cost effective to buy in bulk is required for some lessons.

For other practical lessons e.g. cake & pastry, students will be expected to bring ingredients from home. Please see information on the website if you are accessing the pupil premium budget.

Resistant Materials GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Course outline:

Resistant Materials offers students the opportunity to develop a wide range of product design, practical skills and knowledge working with woods, plastics and metals.

Students will learn about:

  • Making high quality products using resistant materials
  • Decorating, manipulating and enhancing materials
  • Manufacturing processes including CAD and CAM
  • Presentation skills including drawing and using ICT
  • Researching and producing a prototype
  • The design manufacture & craft industries
  • Sustainability and environmental design