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Design and Technology

Head of Faculty: Mr E Lyell

Second in Faculty: Miss B Petts


Key Stage 3 Design and Technology

In KS3 we deliver lessons that allow students to make decisions on how best to design and make useful products. Students have two lessons of Design and Technology each week; one lesson is food based and the other uses other types of materials, such as; paper, card, wood, metal, plastics, smart and modern materials. The materials are processed using a range of methods, including traditional and more modern such as 3D printing.

The emphasis in KS3 is to develop the skills that will allow each student to develop their independence and for them to provide effective solutions to a wide range of problems. We do not tell students what to do…we teach them how to ask the right questions and to work out what they need to do to solve the problem.

Students are taught how to be responsible designers and technologists; they question why and how rather than what.

Key Stage 3 Art 

In KS3 students study one lesson per week which allows them to develop their skills and knowledge to become creative and analytical artists. Students learn how to observe and recreate the techniques of a range of artists and art movements.

The wide range of media used allows each student to experiment and experience methods in expressing to the viewer the emotions and context of the art.  Students use sketchbooks to record the development of their thinking over time; this is a very important part of ensuring rapid and sustained progress.

There is an emphasis on students understanding the art of a wide range of cultures, celebrating their diversity and influences. This provides students with a firm foundation to recreate and expand into their own creative methods of communication.

We obtained Artsmark Gold Award in 2010 and the art staff are committed to providing an engaging and individualised learning experience for its students. At our annual Art Exhibition, we strive to exhibit a piece of work from every student.

Key Stage 4 Design and Technology


GCSE Art and Design

Exam Board: AQA


This exciting, creative and practical GCSE is comprised of two parts. Students will produce a portfolio of Controlled Assessment work; this will add up to 60% of their overall grade. In the Spring Term of Year 11 students will undertake an Externally Set Task; this is a project set by AQA and is worth 40% of their GCSE grade.

Students are encouraged during the course to produce project-based work using a variety of different two and three-dimensional media. Students are encouraged to record observations; analyse images/artefacts; develop their own ideas relating to the theme and produce a personal response.


Exam 40%

Controlled Assessment 60%

NCFE CACHE Child Development and Care

Exam board: NCFE CACHE

CACHE Child Development and Care

Childcare is a vocational based subject that is ideal for learners who are considering a career as an early years or childcare worker. It allows learners to experience the practical aspects of childcare as well as learning through taught sessions and the completion of two assignments and a multiple-choice exam.

It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years. It also gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study.

Content Overview

Unit 1: An introduction to working with children aged 0-5 years

Unit 2: Development and well-being 0-5 years

Unit 3: Childcare and development 0-5 years

Assessment (students must achieve all three units):

Unit 1: Written assignment

Unit 2: Written assignment

Unit 3: Multiple choice exam paper


WJEC Eduqas Award in Constructing the Built Environment

Exam Board: WJEC

WJCE Constructing the Built Environment

This qualification is designed for students who are interested in how things are constructed. You will use a range of hand tools and materials. You can select from a range of areas in construction for example: plumbing, joinery, electrics, painting and decorating.

Content Overview

There are three main units:

  1. Safety and security in construction.
  2. Using practical construction techniques.
  3. Understanding how to plan a construction project.


25% One two-hour timed assessment on how to plan a construction project.

50% Three practical assignments to demonstrate practical construction skills.

25% One exam to show your understanding of how to work safely and securely in construction.

WJEC Level 1/2 in Engineering

Exam Board: WJEC

WJEC Engineering

This course is designed for students who are interested in engineering and would like to acquire knowledge and understanding about the engineering sector. The course is taught through three core units of work;

Unit one: To improve the design of an engineered product (25%).

Until 2 to make a high quality engineered product (50%). 

Unit 3 external exam to assess problem solving skills (25%).

The core elements of environment awareness, engineering techniques and engineering principles are taught through a mixture of practical and written assignments in order to build students’ understanding.

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

Exam Board: VTCT

VTCT Hair and Beauty

 This qualification has been designed to use the context of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy as a vehicle to support the learner to develop broad and comprehensive understanding of this sector but more importantly of core subject knowledge and study skills that will support their progression.

Content Overview

There are four main units:

  1. Understand the Hair and Beauty Sector
  2. Hair and Beauty research project
  3. Hair and Beauty Science
  4. Responding to a Hair and Beauty brief


One external exam.

Three externally set and internally moderated assignments.

All four assessments must be passed to achieve the qualification.

Level1/2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care

Exam Board: Pearson BTEC

BTEC Technical Award Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is ideal for learners who are considering a career in Nursing or being a Care Worker.  The course allows learners to experience the practical aspects of Health and Social Care in the UK. 

The course covers: 

1. Human Lifespan Development –

Aim: understand how we grow and develop throughout our lives

Assessment: internally assessed assignments Weighting: 30% of total course.

2. Health and Social Care Services and Values –

Aim: get to know how the Health and Social Care sector works and the care values that lie at the core of it.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments Weighting: 30% of total course.

3. Health and Wellbeing –

Aim: help improve someone’s health and wellbeing.

Assessment: externally assessed task, in which students create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for an individual, based on a brief Weighting: 40% of total course.

WJEC Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering

Exam Board: WJEC

WJEC Hospitality and Catering 

This is a practical subject where you will learn new skills in food preparation.

The course has been designed to develop knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful.

Following the course, you will Understand ingredients and their functions in the body and when included in recipes. Develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem-solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication. Learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations.


Unit 1 External Assessment – The Hospitality and the Catering Industry.

Unit 2 Internal Controlled Assessment – Hospitality and Catering in Action.

Both units must be passed to obtain the qualification

GCSE Design and Technology:

Exam Board: AQA

AQA Design and Technology

Students will be required to cover all aspects of the core content delivered as product design. Students will design and make quality products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of materials, new technologies and modern electronic devices. This course is partly practical with students designing and making their own prototype products. They will also be able to design and respond to design briefs and contexts. Students will learn about computer-aided design and use software to simulate electronic circuits and render 3D designs that they could print out using a 3D printer.


Exam (50% of GCSE, 2 hours)

What is assessed?

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

Non Exam Assessment (50% of GCSE, 30-35 hours)

What is assessed?

Practical application of:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles