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  • Design & Technology

    It is our aim to equip young people with the skills necessary to take a proactive role in society. Pupils build their knowledge and confidence by creating innovative solutions to identified problems, considering both practical and aesthetic needs. Students will have an understanding of the impact that social, economic and environmental issues have on us and the worldwide community.

    In Years 9 & 10 students who have chosen to specialise in D&T continue to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through a wide range of practical tasks. The specialist materials taught are woods, metals, plastics, paper & boards but students are also introduced to electronics, textiles, CAD/CAM, systems & control and smart & modern materials.

    Year 9 Projects


    Practical Focus

    Folder Focus

    Linkage Toy & Blister Pack


    MDF, Card, Polythene sheet

    Cutting and enhancing MDF/Vacuum forming


    Woods Theory /Mechanisms/ Legislation/     Purpose of Packaging/ Information on Packaging/2D Design/plastics theory

    Key Hooks


    Softwood & hardwood

    Inlaying/Finishing Techniques

    Quick sketching/fixtures & fittings/Finishes/Health & safety/Google SketchUp

    Bridge Build


    Paper & Straws



    Structures/Tolerances/Mechanical & Physical properties/data analysis

    Chocolate Packaging



    Teamwork/Manufacturing in Quantity/Quality Control


    Jigs/Templates/Formers/Manufacturing in Quantity/Production lines/Boards theory/Design Movements

    Storage box/cabinet




    Wood joints/fixtures & fittings/CAD CAM/layering acrylic


    Client profile/3D Drawing/Orthographic Projection/Materials ordering/Knock down fittings/exploded views


    Year 10 Projects


    Practical Focus

    Folder Focus

    Pewter rings & packaging

    Pewter/Styrofoam/Neoprene / Microfibre cloth


    Casting/CAD CAM


    Metals theory/Printing processes/Special printing effects/Fabrics theory/Anthropometrics/



    Upcycled clock

    MDF/Mechanism/student sourced materials

    Combining materials


    Sustainability/Modern & Composite Materials/Adhesives


    Pop-up Cards

    Card/Smart Materials


    Cutting and assembly of cards and boards

    Card Mechanisms/SMART materials

    Computer Control & Electronics

    Electronic components. Microbit accessories


    Creating sequence diagrams for computer control. Soldering

    Basic circuits and components. Microbit.

    Please click here to see examples of student work.

    Considering a career in Design or Engineering? Click here to find out more information about our 'A' Level course in D&T.

    Students start their Year 11 coursework at the end of Year 10, when the design briefs are released by the board. We use AQA for our examining board, specification: Design & Technology (8552)

    Assessment criteria:

    NEA (Non-Examination Assessment)   100 marks 50% of GCSE grade

    Students produce a practical piece with a supporting folder of work. Students may specialise in the material of their choice when making their product. The majority of work is done within lesson time but aspects of the folder work may be completed at home. Folder work is completed electronically on a PowerPoint.

    Written Examination (2 hours)               100 marks 50% of GCSE grade   

    A mixture of multiple choice, short answer, design and drawing tasks and extended answer questions, based on the core skills and knowledge, materials specialism and the design and make principles.

    Useful websites:

    AQA past papers and marks schemes can also be found on the Student Share (M) drive.

    Please click here to see some of the visits we run within D&T.