Design & Technology

Broadly, in D & T (PD, Textiles) the aim is to develop a way of working in which students investigate/research a given situation or Brief and use findings, understanding, knowledge and skills to Design and Make a solution. 

In Food, lessons are often more focused on specific practical tasks which relate to Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Hygiene and Practical Skills.

What is studied at KS3?

Year 7 

Food – All students undertake the Basic Skills Course which is largely practical in nature.  Students are given the confidence and ability to cook food safely and competently.  Principles of Healthy Eating and good Hygiene underpin everything we do in Year 7.

Product Design – The course is an introduction to the materials required to Design and Make well- constructed and effective products. Underpinning the practical element of the course will be an understanding of how materials work and safe working practices.

Textiles – The course introduces students to basic principles in Textiles including Design, the safe use of equipment, how to use an electric sewing machine, hand sewing and embellishment. All students Design and Make a cushion.

Year 8 

Food – All students undertake the Intermediate Skills Course which builds on everything carried out in Year 7. The Scheme of Work includes a Bread Project, safe use of major pieces of electrical equipment and several other focused practical tasks.

Product Design – Students analyse existing products which enables them to Design and Make desirable items such as Jewellery and Nightlights for appropriate markets. Health and Safety plus extended use of different materials and equipment are an integral part of the Scheme of Work.

Textiles – The main thrust of the course is to Design and Make nightwear. Students make either a pair of sleep shorts/trousers plus an upcycled tee-shirt or vest top to go with these. Sewing machines skills are developed along with embellishment/decoration/customisation of the upcycled top.

Year 9 

Food – The main focus in Year 9 is ‘Food and Nutrition’ and Healthy Eating. Students undertake an extended piece of work which utilises a cheap widely available food commodity such as potatoes. There are also a number of other ‘stand alone’ practical tasks which will fully equip students to continue with food studies at GCSE level and/or for the rest of their lives.

Product Design – Design and Make skills learnt in Years 7 and 8 are applied to Design and Create potentially marketable products and further basic knowledge is imparted to enable all students to undertake the GCSE course should they wish to do so.

Textiles – Students Design and Make a bag. Each student makes their own choices regarding fabrics and embellishments. The theme is ‘All Things British’.

What is studied at KS4? 

At KS4 subjects offered within Design and Technology use AQA or Edexcel Specifications.  These are:

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition AQA, GCSE Design and Technology (leading on from PD at KS3)

Edexcel, AS Level Fashion and Textiles, AQA.

Year 10 

Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE AQA

A large part of the course is covered in Year 10 which encompasses Food Choice, Nutrition, Food Science, Functional Properties of Food, plus a huge range of extended practical skills. 

Design and Technology GCSE Edexcel

Students carry out a series of Design and Make projects which examine Methods of Production, CAD/CAM techniques, Modelling, Marketing, Packaging and Graphic Representation of Ideas. 

Fashion and Textiles AS Level AQA

A combination of practical and theory lessons cover topics such as Design and Development, Industrial Practice, Environmental Issues, Fibres, Fabrics, Yarns, Smart and Modern Materials. Practical tasks include pattern drafting a skirt, Upcycling and Customising Fashion Garments.

Year 11 

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Students undertake NEA 1 (Non Examination Assessment) which is Food Science based task set by AQA. This is followed by NEA 2 which is a Practical ‘Cooking Task’ also set by AQA.  These constitute 50% of the final GCSE mark. In the summer of Year 11 students will sit a written paper of one hour forty-five minutes which contributes a further 50% towards the final GCSE mark. These marks are given 9 to 1 grading.

Design and Technology

Students will choose their NEA from tasks set by Edexcel and these contribute 50% of the final mark. There will be a range of themes and students will explore a real need for a product. From their research students design, develop and make a Prototype. In the summer term students undertake a written paper which contributes the other 50% of the final mark.

Fashion and Textiles

Students will choose a Brief set by AQA and undertake their NEA which contributes 50% of the final mark. In addition a written paper in the summer will supply the remaining 50% of the final mark.


   Mrs Deborah Cook - Subject Leader 

   Mrs Elisabeth Rock

   Mrs Sarah Macwaters

   Mr Mark Hiner

   Mrs Susan Reeves - Technician

   Mrs Carrie Souch - Technician