Design & Technology

Broadly, in D & T we aim to develop a way of working in which students investigate/research a given situation or brief and use their findings, understanding, knowledge and skills to design and make a solution. D & T draws on knowledge and skills from many areas of the curriculum. At Kendrick, the principal subjects taught within the Department are Food, Product Design (which encompasses Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphics, Systems and Control) and Textiles Technology.

At KS3 these topics are covered:

Year 7

Food – All students undertake the Food ‘basic skills’ course.

Product Design –  Introduction to the materials required to ‘design and make’ well constructed and effective products.

Textiles – ‘Design and make’ a decorative cushion by using a sewing machine and embellishment techniques.

Year 8

Food – All students undertake ‘intermediate skills’ and ‘design and make’ a loaf of bread. They also learn how to use four major pieces of equipment.

Product Design – Students analyse existing products, which enables them to design and produce desirable items such as jewellery and LED nightlights for appropriate markets.

Textiles – ‘Design and make’ nightwear, drafting paper pattern and constructing the garment.

Year 9

Food – The main focus is on nutrition and healthy eating, ‘design and make’ savoury food products which could be sold as ‘Food on the Move’ for end of KS3 project.

Product Design –  Applying the ‘design and make’ skills learned in years 7 and 8 to design and create potentially marketable products.

Textiles – ‘Design and make’ a bag end of KS3 project. Students make own choices regarding style, fabric and embellishments.


At KS4, all subjects offered use AQA specifications. These are GCSE Food, Product Design, Textiles Technology, KS5 GCE Product Design (Textiles Technology).

Yr 10

Food –  A large proportion of the AQA Specification Syllabus is covered, including a decorative fruit cake project, extended basic skills, nutrition, cook chill and preservation.

Product Design – A series of ‘design and make’ projects which examine methods of production, CAD/CAM techniques, the history of design movements, marketing and packaging, and graphic representation of ideas.

Textiles – Design and development, industrial practices and mass production, environmental consideration, practical skills, mini project – students ‘design and make’ a product taking inspiration from a culture of their choice.

Yr 11

Food – Students undertake their Controlled Assessment which is 60% of the total marks of their GCSE.

Product Design – Students will choose their GCSE Controlled Assessment from a range of themes and explore a real need for a product. From their research students design, develop and make a prototype product.

Textiles – Students choose a brief set by the board.