Design & Technology

Welcome to the Design and Technology. Here you will find information on the subjects delivered within the department along with resources and examples of cutting edge projects produced by the students here at the Academy.

Key Stage 3

Throughout KS3 students study Design and Technology for two hours per week. One hour in Product design and the other in both food and textiles on a rotation. Students complete a wide range of projects in all material areas, which include Product Design, Graphics, Systems and Control, Food and Textiles. Throughout the projects students will develop a wide range of skills these include; designing, problem solving, communication, working independently and as part of a team to manufacture a complete and effective end product.

Key Stage 4

Design and Technology GCSEAQA
The GCSE allows for an iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. This is a new qualification that is modern and relevant, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices.

Students will still be able to choose their own route which allows them to specialise within one of three particular areas:

  • Product Design
  • Textiles
  • Graphics

Year 9 & 10 (2-year course – Option Subject)
Students will study this course for 3 hours a week in Year 9, and 4 hours a week in year 10, where they will complete the course.

Year 11 (1-year course – Option Subject)
Students will study this course for 6 hours per week and will complete the course after 1 year.

GCSE Product Design
A*-C 83%
GCSE Graphics
A*-C 85%
GCSE Textiles
A*-C 89%

Technical AwardsAQA
These complement the new Design and Technology GCSE. There are a range of Level 1/2 Technical Awards to give 14 – 16 year olds to choose from, which give students a more hands-on, practical approach to learning. With a greater focus on specialist skills, students can concentrate on the area they’re really interested in.
These technical awards contain the best elements from the outgoing GCSEs and are the result of consultation with teachers, employers and industry to ensure the Technical Awards deliver the practical skills and core knowledge students need to progress onto level 3 qualifications, employment or apprenticeships.

Technical Award Materials Technology (Resistant Materials)
The practical Level 1/2 Technical Award in Materials Technology, provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills in making high quality products using woods, metal and polymers (plastics). They will be expected to make a range of products, prototypes and samples, applying technical and practical expertise to ensure that the product is fit for purpose. Learners will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and modern technologies.

Technical Award Fashion and Textiles
The new, practical Level 1/2 Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles is designed to equip learners with the practical skills in Fashion & Textiles they need to progress to further general or vocational study. They’ll develop a broad understanding of the sector so they can make informed decisions about their career opportunities. Learners will also develop valuable transferable skills including communication and collaboration.

Technical Award Visual Communication (Graphic Design)
This engaging Level 1/2 Technical Award focuses on developing practical design and layout skills. Learners will have the opportunity to use traditional skills, such as drawing and sketching in 2D and 3D and also modern technologies. It is designed it for learners who want to study graphics in a practical and imaginative way, developing the graphic design skills needed to create materials for marketing and promotion.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition AQA
Our GCSE specification in food preparation and nutrition will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and encouragement they need to cook. It will give them the ability to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

Students will be able to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways, and develop vital life skills so that they can feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously.

Food Preparation and Nutrition
86% A*-C

OCR Cambridge Nationals – Child Development
Over the two years students will complete three units of work.
Unit 1 preparation for the end of course exam. All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, and conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety.
Unit 2, students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet these needs. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. Students will produce a portfolio of work which will involve some practical elements.
Unit 3, students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This unit will include researching, planning, carrying out activities with children and observing and reviewing these activities, as well as an understanding of the development norms and the benefits of play in child development.
Year 9 & 10 – (2-year course – Option Subject)
Students will study this course for 3 hours a week in year 9 and 4 hours a week in year 10 where they will complete the course. The exam is worth 50% of the grade and Unit 2 and 3 are each worth 25% of the grade.
78% A*-C

Key Stage 5

Product Design – Graphic Products – Edexcel
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, designing products, as well as their research, analysis, project planning and evaluation skills.

AS Product Design
Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills: In this unit students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s).

This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel. 60% of the total AS marks 30% of the total A level mark.
Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice: 1 hour 30 minute examination set and marked by Edexcel. The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory. In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. 40% of the total AS marks 20% of the total A level marks.
83% A-C
(100% A-D)

A2 Product Design
Unit 3: Designing for the Future: 2-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory. In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design. 40% of the total A2 marks 20% of the total A level marks.
Unit 4: Commercial Design: In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice that comply with the requirements of graphic products. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution. 60% of the total A2 marks 30% of the total A level marks. This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel.

88% / A*-C
100% / A*-D

A level Art and Design TextilesAQA
Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in in at least one of the following areas; fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles. Students will be assessed through two avenues;
Component 1 – Personal investigation 96 marks 60% of the grade.
This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
Component 2 – Externally set assignment
8 questions will be provided by the exam board in February, students will select one and will have three months to prepare for the 15 hours of supervised time in which they will create a final outcome. 96 marks 40% of the grade.
100% / A*-C

Health and Social Care – Edexcel
Student follow a two-year programme of exam and controlled assessment. Student study a range of topical issues reverent to the health and social care sector.

AS 2016/2017
Student are currently studying the new 2016 NQF Extended Certified in Health and Social Care which is equivalent to one AS. Student complete a controlled assessment unit (Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs) worth 50% and an exam unit (Human Lifespan Development) also worth 50%. Students must successfully pass both unit to pass the course.

A2 (2017/2018)
Students will continue to study the course in year 13. They will complete a controlled assessment of 25% (Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs) and an exam of 75% (Working in Health and Social Care).
This is a new course this academic year and therefore no data is available for grades gained.
Current Year 13 – A2
Current year 13 students are studying the Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in HSC. This is equivalent to one A2. This course is 100% controlled assessment. Students complete three units in year 12 (Extended Certificate) and are studying three additional units in year 13. Students cover a range of topics including; Communication, Vulnerable Adults, Caring for Children plus Equality and Diversity. For the last several years students have all achieved D* (equivalent to A*) in this qualification at AS and A2 level.
Students studying Health and Social Care at Level 3 often progress on to a related course or employment such as Teaching, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Nursery Nursing.

E English – Assistant Principal – Deep Learning – Teacher of Textiles and Child development.
L Field – Teacher of Textiles, Food and Child Development
S Hampshaw – Acting Second in Department. Teacher of Product Design
T Hudson – Teacher of Graphics and Product Design
G Iley – Teacher of Graphics and Product Design
S Lonsdale– Teacher of Graphics and Product Design
A Newman – Acting Head of Department Department/Teacher of Graphics and Product Design
K Rutter – Assistant Principal – Deep Experience, Support and Deep Learning. Teacher of Health and Social Care and Child Development
H Midgley – Technician
J Land – Technician