Design Technology

Design Technology is an inspiring, innovative and practical subject. Using creativity and their imagination, students design and make products
that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising, independent and capable individuals. They evaluate past and present design and technology, developing a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Design Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation and around the world.

Lower School

On entering the Design Technology department, pupils will enjoy a well-equipped and very creative environment. Throughout Years 7 and 8 all pupils have a weekly double lesson where they complete a full range of carefully selected projects which introduce new techniques, materials and processes. 

Middle School and GCSE

During Year 9 pupils continue to experience a wide range of projects, offering a real challenge to all levels of ability and providing many of the foundation skills for those pupils who continue to study the subject at GCSE. A large number of the year group decide to study Design Technology at GCSE level when pupils initially complete a range of short task projects. All pupils soon learn to appreciate the advantages of time management and independent thinking whilst experiencing a considerable range of tools, materials, processes and problem solving in the Design Studio, Workshop and ICT environments. The GCSE consists of 50% coursework and 50% final exam. The Design Technology department enjoys considerable success at GCSE where our average grade is often Grade A, and a number of pupils obtain an engineering scholarship from the Arkwright Foundation.

Sixth Form and A level

A Level Design Technology appeals to a wide range of pupils. The course has proven to support many areas of future study from all aspects of Design, to Architecture and Engineering, and even Medicine.

We follow the OCR Design and Technology course, specializing in Product Design. This allows us to tailor the course to a wide variety of outcomes allowing pupils to excel as they can play to their strengths; whether this be resistant materials, graphics or systems and control.

In Year 12 pupils have the opportunity to hone and refine their design and making skills through a range of projects whose targeted focus is on the extra step up that is required from GCSE to A level.

In Year 13 pupils will work on a project of their own choice, culminating in a high quality folder and manufactured prototype. There will be two exams to complete the course; principles of Product Design followed by Problem Solving in Product Design. 

The A Level consists of 50% coursework and 50% final exam. The Design Technology Department enjoys plenty of success at this level and achieves Grade A as their average result.