Design and Technology

In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

- The National Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In KS3 (Years 7 and 8) pupils are introduced to three material areas:

  • Food
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles

In these material areas they learn safe and hygienic practice, use of basic tools and equipment, simple skills and techniques and basic subject knowledge. They learn to apply their creativity and to work in teams.

Key Stage 4

In KS4 (years 9-11) pupils can opt for GCSEs which specialise in one of the material areas that they have studied in the lower school:

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Design and Technology: Resistant Materials
  • Design and Technology: Textiles

Each GCSE involves practical experience as well as theory work. They are all assessed by one final examination (50%) and 1–2 non-examined assessments (50%).



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