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Design & Technology Options Presentation


Exam Board

EDUQAS A Level Product Design:

NCFE Level 1 Food and Cooking

AQA Food Preparation


Pearson GCSE Textiles:

Key Stage 3

Throughout KS3, students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of material areas via a carousel system.

Students spend between 6 and 12 weeks in any one area.

Year 7

Resistant Materials

 Sweet dispenser (Basic hand skill and machinery – problem solving)


 LED Card (Introduction to electronics and soldering).

Graphic Products

 Drawing and presentation techniques, gusset carrier bag project.


 Soft Toys - Introduction to Textiles techniques


Healthy Snack foods - salads, scones, breakfast bar, healthy breakfast  muffin, fruit salad, pizza.


Exploring mechanisms through Lego (not all experience this area).

Year 8

Resistant Materials/Electronics

Metal Jewellery casting and light sensing display unit (Pewter casting, introduction to PCBs and plastics)

Graphic Products

Packaging project and single point perspective.


Staple foods - pasta, bread, risotto, savoury crackers, potato rosti.


Pencil cases - developing designing techniques, batik, construction methods and machine embroidery.


Acrylic holder designed using CAD and made using CAM (Laser cutting machine)

Year 9

Resistant Materials/Electronics

Eco Lamp (Advanced PCB and soldering, CAD/CAM, hand tools)

Graphic Products

More advanced CAD skills. Post-it note holder made from laser-cut acrylic.


Drawstring bags inspired by Urban Art.

Nutrition and Skills

Food Science, Butchery and Baking.

Key Stage 4 Syllabus (Outline)

All students have the opportunity to choose a GCSE Technology subject from the following:- Level 1 Food and Cooking, GCSE Graphic Products, GCSE Textiles, GCSE Resistant Materials, GCSE Systems & Control, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.

GCSE Design and Technology


Assessment: - NEA (Coursework) 50%, Written Paper 50%

The Year 10 course comprises of small practice projects and focussed theory tasks.

The NEA comprises of one project worth 50% of the final exam mark.
The NEA projects will involve researching, analysing, writing specifications, designing and making a final product.

The written paper tests the knowledge of materials and processes.

GCSE Textiles


Students in Year 10 and Year 11 are taught a broad range of skills through the delivery of workshops and projects that promote the use research, investigation and creativity. These cover everything from fashion Design and garment construction, digital textiles and fabric design, soft furnishings and stitched or embellished textiles. Drawing is a key element to the course, from initial visual research, recording from primary and secondary sources, through to the translation of ideas into finished designs. Students will experiment with drawings, quick sketches, view finders, fashion illustrations, models, paper pattern development, photographs, CAD and painted/printed/stitched practical work. A number to trips are organised at points throughout the year to help students gather inspiration.

We follow the Edexcel exam board syllabus for Fashion and Textile Design where students work towards one thematic response coursework project, a mock exam taken and a final external assessment. Students complete a sketchbook portfolio alongside each project and create a final piece at the end, which are assessed at the end of Year 11. At the end of the year students create a display of their work in the form of an exhibition to celebrate their achievements.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition


This new GCSE consists of two units including 2 controlled assessment tasks and a written exam.

Component 1: Written exam (1 hour 45 Minutes) 50% of GCSE

Component 2: 2 NEA assessment tasks direct by the examination board (1 x 15%, 1 x 35%)

The coursework project will involve researching, analysing, writing specifications, designing and making a practical range of products.

The written paper tests the knowledge of materials and processes and Food Science.

Curriculum detail


Year 10 Term 1

Year 10 Term 2

Year 10 Term 3

Year 11 Term 1

Year 11 Term 2

Year 11 Term 3

Food and Cooking

Unit 1 Preparing to cook – practical assessment and portfolio

Unit 3 Exploring Balanced Diets – theory and exam

Unit 1 Preparing to cook – practical assessment and portfolio

Unit 2 Understanding Food  – practical assessment and portfolio

Unit 2 Understanding Food  / unit 4 Plan and Produce Dishes’ in Response to a Brief – practical assessment and portfolio

Unit 4 Plan and Produce Dishes’ in Response to a Brief – practical assessment and portfolio

BBC Food Techniques:

A LEVEL: Design And Technology: Product Design

product design


Subject description:
Design and Technology at ‘A’ level allows students the opportunity to exercise their initiative, imagination and resourcefulness in the examination of design problems. It is intended that this course should provide an interesting and stimulating subject for study in the Sixth Form. Whilst the content is not seen primarily as vocational, the knowledge, understanding and skills gained are likely to be of great benefit to candidates pursuing further studies, in their personal lives, and in the world of work.

Units studied:

A Level Units

Component 1 – Design & Technology in the 21st Century - Written Paper (3 hour exam) – 50%

Component 2 – Design and Make Task - Designing and producing a workable solution to a real problem identified by you. (Approx. 80 hours work) – 50%

Post-18 opportunities:

On successful completion of the course the qualification is particularly appropriate for entry into Higher Education, notably design-based courses. It will also give you an advantage if you are considering entering the workplace for the first time.

Extra curricular activities

As a faculty we offer a range of extra curricular activities available to all students. These include, amongst others, a Lego League club, a CoSpace programming club and various GCSE catch up clubs.

We have strong links with the local community and have support from local industries.

We often enter students in local and national competitions. For the past few years, we have hosted a Catering competition supported by the local Round Table.