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Why study Design & Technology or Engineering?

The world in which we live is full of products that have been designed to satisfy the needs and wants of different groups of people in our society.  Modern consumers make increasingly challenging demands on the world’s resources and as a result designers and engineers now have a vital role to play in the design and fabrication of appropriate solutions to new and increasingly technological problems.  Only the best individuals will be able to create products for the 21st century that are ‘fit for purpose’ and support a sustainable safe and healthy lifestyle for us all.


Departmental staffing

Mr D. Greenwood – Head of D&T and Engineering

Mrs R. Bradley – Second in Department/ Teacher of Textiles

Mr P. Bullen – Technician – D&T and Engineering

Mr D. Owen – Teacher of Product Design and Engineering

Mrs C. Hughes – Teacher of Product Design and Engineering

Mrs J. Harding – Teacher of Food Technology

Mrs C. Maguire – Teacher of Food Technology

Mrs D. Wilson – Teacher of Product Design and Graphics


Subjects in the Main School


Course content KS3

In years 7 and 8, pupils will work with a variety of material, tools and processes to develop their D&T capability.   Projects will be run in specialist D&T rooms on a carousel cycle over nine week blocks.  All students will be given thorough demonstrations in correct tool and equipment use as required and expected to maintain their own risk assessment checklist in their D&T folders.

At KS3 each student will have the opportunity to design and make quality products in four different media areas each year.  This will help student to prepare and make informed option choices during year 8 for their GCSE studies.

The media areas currently offered subject to appropriate resources and staff being available are:
Electronics Products

Food Technology


Product Design

Resistant Materials



Course content KS4

Having opted to develop their D&T or Engineering capability still further by working towards a GCSE or Level 2 qualification, Year 9 pupils complete a foundation/preparation year in the specific D&T subject(s) of their choice, prior to starting their formal GCSE studies in Year 10


The department offers 4 full courses to GCSE level:

  • DT: Electronic Products
  • DT: Food Technology
  • DT: Product Design
  • DT: Textile Technology

The department offers a Level 2 qualification in Engineering for those individuals considering a modern apprenticeship after school.


Examination Board /Course

All GCSE courses are from the AQA suite of full course specifications:

These are

DT: Electronic Products

DT: Food Technology

DT: Product Design

DT: Textiles Technology


The level 2 qualification is a BTEC Extended certificate in Engineering awarded by EDEXCEL.


Exam/Testing Arrangements

All D&T GCSE courses:


Unit 1 – Written Paper

  • 40% of total marks
  • 2 hour exam
  • 120 marks
  • Candidates answer all questions in 2 sections.  Pre release material issued


Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice

  • 60% of total marks
  • Approximately 45 hours or controlled assessment time
  • 90 marks
  • Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of AQA approved tasks.


BTEC Level 2 in Engineering:

  •  In order to pass any unit each student must present evidence that demonstrates they have met all learning outcomes to a pass level.
  • Assessment will make use of evidence generated in practical activities; work experience & realistic workplace scenarios.
  • All learners will be required to present evidence of their achievement through folder work, practical work and performance observation within set time frames.


Subjects in the Sixth Form


Course entry requirements

Students considering an AS/A2 course in design & technology would be expected to provide evidence of attainment to at least a ‘B’ grade at in the related GCSE course.


Course content AS A2

The association offers course at both AS and A2 level in:

  • Engineering
  • DT: Food Technology
  • DT: Product Design (3D-Design)
  • DT: Product Design (Textiles) 

Examination Board /Course

The association offers a variety of GCE pathways to higher education.  These are:

EDEXCEL Engineering

AQA DT: Food Technology

AQA DT: Product Design (3D design)

AQA DT: Product design (Textiles)


Exam/testing arrangements


EDEXCEL Engineering:

Unit 1 – Engineering Materials, Processes and Techniques

  • 1.5 hours exam

Unit 2 – The role of the Engineer

  • Written assignment working with an engineer

Unit 3 – Principles of Design

  • Working from a design brief provided by a client

Unit 4 – Applied Engineering Systems

  • Externally assessed activities set by the board and working under exam conditions
  • 3 practical activities to be completed in a 10 hour period

Unit 5 – The Engineering Environment

  • Written assignment investigating a product or service.

Unit 6 – Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

  • Working to a client’s brief
  • Work is presented as a portfolio including engineering drawings to British Standards

All AQA examinations:


Unit 1 –  Materials, Components and Application

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A2
  • 2 hour written paper
  • 80 marks
  • Available January and June

Unit 2 – Coursework

  • 50% of As, 25% of A2
  • Approx 50 of supervised time
  • 80 marks
  • Available June only

Unit 3 – Design and Manufacture

  • 25% of total A2 marks
  • 2 hour written paper
  • 84 marks
  • Available June only

Unit 4 – Coursework

  • 25% of total A2 marks
  • Approx 60 hours of supervised time
  • 85 marks
  • Available June only


Departmental Facilities

The department is located in a prominent single location on the ground floor.  It consists of 5 specialist D&T classrooms, 2 open study areas with fully networked PCs, a department staff base and technician area.


G20 – Textile Technology

G21 – Product Design & Resistant Materials

G23 – Engineering & Resistant Materials

G24 – ICT suite (Part of the ICT department located in D&T)

G25 – Electronics & Product Design

G26 – Food Technology

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