Design and Technology

Throughout Key Stage 3, students rotate around the four Technology subjects, gaining experience in Graphic Design, Product Design, Fashion and Textiles and Food and Nutrition. At the end of Year 8, students are given the opportunity to select one Technology subject to remain in throughout Key Stage 4.

Fashion and Textiles
Graphic Design
Product Design
Food Preparation and Nutrition

Fashion and Textiles

Students spend 12 weeks in either year 7 or year 8 studying textiles. They work on a design and make project that allows them to develop design and making skills in this area. Students make a range of textile products and learn how to use the equipment safely. They research and develop their own ideas based on a design brief.

Year 9

If students opt to take this subject further they will work on two or three extended design and make projects. They are able to develop their skills further in preparation for GCSE. Products made during this year include children’s toys, bags, soft furnishings and fashion items.

GCSE Art textiles

In year Ten and Eleven students will study a GCSE in Art Textiles. Students will complete a range of controlled assessment tasks, including designing and making a wide range of products, for example garments, wall hangings, and fashion accessories. The coursework is 60% of their final GCSE grade. In January of Year 11, these students will start the preparation tasks for a 10 hour classroom-based practical examination.

Graphic Design

Year 7 & 8

Students will spend 12 weeks in Graphic Design during year 7 and year 8.

They will complete a foundation course in year 7 where they will learn the basic skills and concepts relative to Graphic Design. In year 8 they will complete a design and make Project that will focus on utilizing skills learned in year 7. Students will develop ICT skills that are fundamental to the Graphic Design Industry.

Year 9

In year 9 students will work on further developing Graphic Design skills through 3 design assignments which  focus on techniques required for KS4. Traditional skills such as drawing and sketching will be used along with more advanced ICT techniques.

The course will focus on real life design briefs and the students will use industrial methods that are used extensively by professionals working in the graphic design industry.

Year 10 and 11

Year 10 and 11 students will be following the NCFE technical Award id Graphic Design Course. This course is a vocational course which is skills based carrying equivalent points as Traditional GCSE courses and which is graded as Pass Merit or Distinction.

The course is made up of 4 units of work which are internally and externally assessed and a 10 hr. external examination which is skills based.

The 4 units of work are

  • Understanding Graphic Design
  • Responding to a Graphic Design Brief
  • Graphic Design practice
  • Graphic design portfolio


  • Students will be expected to work to industry standards and will gain an insight into the graphic design industry.

Product Design

Year 7 and 8

Students will spend 12 weeks in Product Design during Year 7 and 12 weeks during Year 8. Across the two modules, students will complete a minimum of two design and make projects covering skills in sketching, design development, electronics and CAD/CAM as well as using traditional workshop tools and equipment.

Year 9

Throughout Year 9, students will complete up to 3 extended design and make projects, further developing skills in sketching, design development and CAD/CAM as well as using traditional workshop tools and equipment. The structure and content of Year 9 is designed to prepare students for the demands of the controlled assessment aspect of Key Stage 4.

Year 10

Current Year 10 students (for 2020 examinations), are studying a GCSE in Art and Design: 3D Design. This course has been selected due to its Product Design focus and the element of creativity involved. Students will complete controlled assessment tasks, including designing and making a final product, amounting to 60% of their final GCSE grade. In January of Year 11, these students will start the preparation tasks for a 10 hour classroom-based exam.

Year 11

Current Year 11 students (for 2019 examinations), are studying a VCert in Craft. This course has been selected due to its focus on practical application and the current Year 11 students will be completing the coursework aspect during Term 1. This counts for 50% of their final grade. In Term 2, these students will complete the externally examined aspect of the course comprising of 15 hours preparation time and 15 hours invigilated time.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Year 7

Students spend 12 weeks in either year 7 or 8 studying this subject. They learn and practice a variety of practical skills in the creation of dishes such as pasta salad, chilli con carne and bread. In order to produce these dishes it is vital that they have a good knowledge of food hygiene and safety as well as how to work safely in the food preparation area. In order to help make healthy food choices, students learn about nutrition and Eatwell guide as well as the basics of food provenance and sustainability.

Year 9 & 10

Current Ofqual regulations stipulate that all GCSE assessment in food preparation and nutrition takes place in year 11. Therefore in years 9 and 10 we lay the foundations. Students delve deeper into food and nutrition, finding out more about nutrition related illness and the dietary requirements of people at different life stages. Building on their knowledge of food hygiene and safety, we now look at microorganisms and how they can be used for our benefit as well as how to prevent the spread of pathogenic bacteria. Students also consider factors affecting food choices and look at how the food we eat is produced and its impact on the environment. An interest in science is an asset as students look into the chemical and functional qualities of the food we eat.

This theoretical study is teamed with lots of fun practical work, making a range of highly skilful sweet and savoury dishes. This practical work helps to bring to life the food related principles that they have been studying.

Year 11

In year 11 we start Non Examined Assessment (coursework). The first piece is a food investigation task which is worth 15% of the final GCSE grade. This involves a range of experiments, using ingredients to test a hypothesis that students have generated based on research carried out. They look closely at how ingredients react when they are cooked and/or mixed together. As part of NEA 1, students produce a 1500 word report.

The second Non Examined Assessment piece is a food preparation task based on a type of cuisine, special dietary need or age group. Students are required to research their task, then produce 4 related dishes over 4 lessons. They then select 3 different dishes which they make in one 3 hour session. This piece requires a 2500 word report.

Finally, students sit a 1 hour 45 minute examination, worth 50% of their final grade. This is based on the different topics they have studied in years 9 and 10.