Design Technology

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In Design Technology we are committed to:-
-Giving students as broad and creative experience as possible.
-Providing a safe learning environment where students can develop their practical skills.
-Increasing students’ understanding of the technological and industrial world.
-Improving confidence, independence, decision making and problem solving.
-Supporting the growth of key skills (communication, social skills, motor skills concentration, coordination, sequencing) and providing application for Literacy, numeracy and ICT

Design Technology Curriculum Intent

We are proud of the varied and exciting syllabus we teach in Design Technology and the extensive facilities we have.

All students can expect to work with and learn about a broad range of materials such as woods, manufactured boards, plastics and metals as well as using a number of ready-made components. Students will also gain experience of industrial techniques such as vacuum forming and CAD/CAM.

Projects have been specifically designed to cover many areas so students gain maximum benefit from the subject.

Students are supported to participate in every stage of the design process. This can include activities such as; analysing products, designing, developing ideas, modelling, planning, constructing, testing and evaluating. The subject really does offer something to cater for every pupil’s interests; whether it’s drawing, making or planning we build on their skills (regardless of ability) and develop their confidence and independence in the workshop.

Subject Area:

Design Technology

Teaching staff:

Mr D Cox

Mr D Atkins (Technician)

KS4 Course Title

BTEC Engineering Tech Award 

KS4 Exam Board and Course Number

Engineering: 3 Units, 2 coursework and internal exam [Pearson] 

Coursework and Exam Percentages

Engineering: Coursework 60% external; Exam 40% internal

KS4 Number of lessons per week:


KS3 Course Details:

Students are led on a journey through the main material areas with a mixture of instructed, design-your-own and group challenge projects. Various teaching methods are used and a number of thought provoking tasks are applied to engage all pupils. In Key Stage 3, students will work with all of the tools and equipment within the workshop.

KS3 Number of lessons per week


Additional information

Students do resistent materials in year 7, 8 and 9 but then opt for either Engineering or Construction at KS4. 

KS4 Construction

The BTEC Firsts in Construction and the Built Environment have been developed to inspire and enthuse pupils to become engaged with the world of construction. The new BTEC Firsts will help pupils to develop their knowledge of the construction sector, while introducing them to the theory and allowing them to practise a range of skills. Our new department is fully supported by MKM Building supplies.

The BTEC philosophy of ‘learning through doing’ remains at the heart of this qualification. Pupils are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of skills in the construction sector.

Unit 1 - Construction Technology - External Exam

Unit 2 - Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction – Internal assignment

Unit 3 - Construction and Design - Internal Synoptic assessment

Unit 6 - Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques - Internal assignment

KS4 Engineering

BTEC level 1/level 2 tech award,  three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow pupils to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned. Our assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed.

Unit 1 Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications – Internal assignment

Unit 2 Investigating an Engineering Project - Internal assignment

Unit 3 Responding to an Engineering Brief - External Synoptic assessment

Click here to read about a project that Mr Cox has been following where engineers take 3D printing to the extreme. Could this solve Britains housing crisis and help the construction industry recover following the Covid 19 outbreak? 

Click here to read about Mr Cox's experiences with the Sirus Minerals Woodsmith Mine project.

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