“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.” Don Norman

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils 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.


In Year 7 students will gain experience of working in food, textiles, electronics and resistant materials.


In Year 8 students will build on their prior knowledge and undertake more challenging tasks in food, textiles, electronics and resistant materials.


In Year 9 students will continue to develop their skills in resistant materials, textiles and food to prepare them for the GCSE options currently offered in technology.

YEAR 10 & 11

Technology GCSE

Edexcel have carefully structured the new GCSE qualification to allow students to continue to specialise as far as is possible under the new requirements – there are six possible material areas (Metals, Papers and boards, Polymers, Systems, Textiles, or Timbers) and 80% of the student’s assessment will focus on their specialism.

The GCSE and AS/A level qualifications have been designed together to ensure clear progression of knowledge, understanding and design/making skills. Students with strong creative skills will have solid foundations, as well as a breadth of knowledge and understanding of a range of materials, to move confidently into AS and A level and become a specialist in their chosen field.

Food and Nutrition GCSE

Students follow the WJEC Board course in Food and Nutrition. This consists of:

Unit 1: Principles of Food and Nutrition, a written examination of 1 hour 30 minutes that makes up 40% of the qualification. This unit will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions. Section A : questions based on stimulus materials . Section B: a range of question types to assess all content related to food and nutrition.

Unit 2: Food and Nutrition in Action, a non – examination assessment, internally assessed, externally moderated. Assessment 1: 10 hours Assessment 2: 15 hours , together counting as 60% of the qualification. Assessment 1: Food Investigation. 20 % of the total marks available will be allocated to a scientific food investigation which will assess the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food.

Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment. 40% of the total marks available will be allocated to a task which assesses the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of dishes to form a menu.

Child Development:   (OCR, J818)

This specification helps students develop their knowledge and understanding of child development issues in a diverse society and enables them to work in a variety of contexts. The two tasks for the controlled assessment provide a choice of a wide variety of topics and account for 50% of the overall marks.  There is also a written exam which makes up the other 50%.


WJEC (9750 A1) Creative & Media Level 1 & 2

The qualification offers learners an engaging experience of applied learning, where knowledge, skills and understanding are acquired through purposeful tasks set in subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work. Pupils will study costume design to include pattern drafting and garment construction.  The qualification encompasses a controlled assessment piece of coursework with design folder and a written exam.


More details can be found below.