Technology & Design

About our Department

The Technology and Design department is primarily concerned with the Thought and Action of each pupil. Through a range of intellectual skills and knowledge, pupils can engage in Technology and Design activities that help develop a technological capability which we consider to be essential preparation for life in today’s society.

In Technology and Design all pupils will use and develop practical and thinking skills to solve problems. Pupils will be given the opportunity to experience the use of industrial machines to produce technological artefacts. Through the acquisition of new CAD machinery in the department, pupils will be able to experience and use Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacture and develop their ICT and communication skills. 

Having gained a broad based knowledge at Key Stage 3, pupils have the chance to build on their existing knowledge at GCSE. The course is split up into two sections. Coursework accounts for 60% of their final grade. In it they get to design and manufacture a product of their own choice. The examination based on the theory element of the course is worth 40% of the total mark.

As a subject Technology and Design offers a basis for entry into many areas of industry, such as Design, Graphics, Engineering and ICT. However, all employers recognise and value the skills of problem solving as being essential in the ever changing workplace.

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Programme of Study

The Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 outlines 4 areas, which form the elements of the course.
The skills and elements to be taught as described in the current Programme of Study are:

  • Designing
  • Communicating
  • Manufacturing
  • Using Energy and Control

The units of work, which are listed below, are designed to introduce the pupils to the various elements of the Programme of Study with an increasing demand on the pupil during the key stage.

All pupils in Years 8 – 10 study Technology and Design. We offer a very wide range of experiences and the opportunity to make great projects that get more complex as you get older. Lots of your work is on display along with some classic designs, which we hope will inspire you.

A list of projects are listed on the Units of Work page and as you can see all 3 years are action packed. We review the projects regularly in an attempt to keep them as fresh as we can for you.

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Units of Work

Year 8:
  • Health & Safety
  • Sketching
  • Key Fob – Plastics, include CAD
  • Cantilever Beam – Metals
  • Quick Release Message Holder - Wood
Year 9:
  • Health and Safety (review)
  • Drawing Skills - 1 & 2 Point Perspective
  • AudPod– Plastics and ICT
  • Puppet Show – Wood, Metal with Mechanisms
  • Moving Toy– Wood with Mechanisms
  • Mouse Mat - Graphical Development
Year 10:
  • Health & Safety (review)
  • Drawing Skills - Isometric / Orthographic / CAD Drawings
  • Mobile Phone - CAD and Plastic
  • Automatic Night Light – Wood, Plastic with Electronics and CAD/CAM
  • Clock Design – using all knowledge and skills from the previous projects and a wide range of recyclable materials
  • 3rd World Design Problem - Research / Investigation / Design and present project

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GCSE Technology and Design

Technology and Design provides an opportunity to design and make a real product. It allows you to create something to solve a problem that you have identified. As part of the course you will study the areas of designing, communicating, manufacturing, electronics, mechanical systems and pneumatics. You will learn how these technological developments have influenced the way that we live and work. At GCSE we study AQA Resistant Materials and pupils enjoy the challenges this brings. Students get the opportunity to work with various material including the traditional wood and metal as well as new Smart and Composite materials.


The GCSE consists of the following:

Written Paper

40% of the total marks

120 marks

2 hours


One paper with two sections:

Section A

30 marks

A design question based on context supplied before the exam


Section B

90 marks

Covers all aspects of the specification content


Controlled Assessment - Coursework

60% of the total marks

90 marks

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years.

The design folder should consist of approximately:

• 20 pages of A3 paper

• equivalent A4 paper

• or the ICT equivalent.

It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity.

As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Career Possibilities

Aeronautical Engineer Plumber
Architect Product Designer
Automotive Engineer Software Designer
Computer Software Engineer Sound and Lighting Engineer
Design & Development Engineer               Sound Engineer
Electrician Structural Engineer
Electronic Engineer Teacher
Fashion Designer Textile Designer

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Upcoming Events

19/09/2019 09:00 - 15:00
09:00 30/09/2019 - 15:00 02/10/2019
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