Design and Technology

Key Stage 3

In design and technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. Students will learn to think creatively, identify needs, look for opportunities and solve problems. Students will develop their practical skills and knowledge whilst exploring key concepts and processes. Students will look at historical and up to date design and technology advancements, their purpose and impact and how they could influence their own creative thinking.

Design and Technology is split into two areas of study:

  • Product Design
  • Food Technology

In years 7 and 8 students will cover both of these areas, this will provide them with the relevant skills and experience to continue these subjects at KS4.

Year 7

Students will be introduced to wood and food and will develop fundamental skills that they need. Students will work in workshops and kitchens and will learn about health and safety requirements. Lessons will involve both theory and practical’s tasks to build up skills and understanding. Home learning is used to support and consolidates theory elements covered.

Product Design – Wood

Students will develop the key skills needed to develop good products in design technology. They will learn about designing and how to communicate their ideas, whilst also learning about safe and correct use of workshop tools. Students will create an idea and follow it through to a finished product.

Students will learn about:

  • The properties and characteristics of different types of wood
  • How to accurately mark out and create wood joints
  • Practical expectations and health and safety
  • Sustainability – Life Cycle Analysis – Raw materials to end of life.
  • Scales of production – One off, Batch, Mass, Continuous and Cell

Food Technology – Chef School

Students will explore a range of equipment, cooking techniques are able to experiment with food preparation. Students are shown how efficiency and organisation are vital to developing successful dishes, whilst also learning the fundamental theory and food technology terms.

Students will learn about:

  • How to identify different food groups
  • Understand healthy guidelines
  • A food journey, farm to fork
  • Food hygiene and specialist’s terminology
  • How to prepare, cook and bake
  • How to use a knife accurately

Year 8

Fundamental skills from year 7 are developed in more depth in year 8. As student’s confidence grows alongside their skills, students can become more experimental with their creativity when applying design and making techniques.

Product Design – Plastic in Production 

Students will continue to develop the key skills needed to design products in design technology. They will learn in more depth the environmental impacts that design can have and how we need to rethink design and our use of materials for the future. Students will be introduced to technologies such as the 3D printer and CAD.

Students will learn about:

  • The properties and characteristics of thermos and thermosetting plastics.
  • Plastics application to production
  • How to use a computer aided 3D drawing package Fusion 360, and downstream designs to a 3D printer
  • An understanding of how 3D printing has impacted on society and moral obligations
  • Explain sustainability and how plastic is impacted on the environment

Food Technology – Multicultural Food

Students will investigate further into, where food comes from, what hygiene needs to be applied and how to apply theory to practical work.

Students will learn about:

  • How to identify and understand functions and sources of key ingredients
  • Appropriate food storage and waste
  • Specialist Food hygiene and specialist’s terminology
  • You will develop a range of preparation, cooking and baking skills demonstrating a variety of preparation skills to enable you to adapt a recipe independently

Year 9

In year 9 Students explore a course of skills which is tailored towards understanding the wider impacts of the subject. The lessons guide students thorough the real-world applications of technology, make the links to how people make use of innovations but more importantly start to allow develop the fundamentals of how they can make a difference.

  • Design Technology ‘Design opportunities’ This course is designed to allow students to bring an idea to life though technical skills and concept modelling. Students will explore creative sketching techniques which they will develop into a variety of technical drawings both by hand and via CAD (computer Aided Design). Students will learn the constraints of user needs but discover a wide range of materials, technical terms and new opportunities which make design technology one of today’s ever-changing subjects which applies their everyday lives.

Key Stage 4

Design and Technology – WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1)

Course code: C600QS

What will I learn?

This GCSE in Design Technology allows students to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise, in order to:

  • demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place within contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice
  • develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values
  • use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing
  • develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas whilst designing and making
  • communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing
  • develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing their own project work
  • develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes
  • be ambitious and open to explore and take design risks in order to stretch the development of design proposals, avoiding clichéd or stereotypical responses
  • consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products
  • demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology
  • use key design and technology terminology including those related to: designing, innovation and communication; materials and technologies; making, manufacture and production; critiquing, values and ethics


How will I be assessed?

This course is made up of two parts:

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century

Written examination: 2 hours

50% of qualification

A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates’ knowledge and understanding of:

  • technical principles
  • designing and making principles along with their ability to
  • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.

Component 2: Design and make task

Non-exam assessment: approximately 35 hours

50% of qualification

A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge set by WJEC, assessing candidates’ ability to:

  • identify, investigate and outline design possibilities
  • design and make prototypes
  • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.

For more information please read specification.