Design and Technology

Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas.

Andy Goldsworthy


In Design Technology students get an opportunity to explore creativity and hands on learning. It enables them to explore different materials and technologies to bring their design ideas to life. They have the opportunity to explore, design, make and evaluate, a process which enables them to reflect on their learning at each stage.

Head of Creative Arts and Technology

Gwen Frye  |

Subject Lead

Asma Ali   |


Matthew Brotherhood  |

Emma Close  |

Natalie Eaton   |

Maureen Lee  |

Megan Oliver  |

Sebastian Willan   

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Design Technology is taught in Y7-Y9. We cover a range of material areas, techniques and skills in order to prepare the students for the DT GCSE. They are given the opportunity to take part in a wide range of different projects which enables the students to develop and cultivate their interest in Design Technology.



Autumn 1- Introduction to DT and H&S. Graphics skills introduced

Autumn 2- Design and make. Textiles (phone pouch)

Spring 1 +2- Design and make. Plastic novelty pen

Summer 1- Understanding renewable energy sources. Balloon powered car

Summer 2- Research and investigate. Fantastic products report



Autumn 1- Design and make. Personalised face mask

Autumn 2- Design and make. Wooden puzzle

Spring 1- Research and investigate. Tech in society

Spring 2- Paper and boards theory. 2D-3D nets

Summer 1- Designing. Bug hotel and understanding sustainability and 3D modelling

Summer 2- Technical drawing skills. DT graphics skills


Y9 Carousel:

Project 1- Dragons den challenge/Smart and Modern materials

Project 2- User centred design. Inclusive design

Project 3- STEAM. Sustainability. Wind turbine project

Project 4- Design and make. Mini NEA



GCSE Design and Technology (AQA) will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.


The course is 50% exam and 50% NEA.


Autumn 1- Introductions to DT GCSE. Researching the work of designers and companies. Smart and Modern materials theory

Autumn 2- Wood theory & plastic theory

Spring 1- Metal theory & Textiles theory

Spring 2- Electronics and Mechanical systems

Summer 1- Other theory (CAD/CAM, Renewable energy & Social/Moral issues

Summer 2- Contextual challenge revealed. Student start working on NEA (Section A). DT mock exam



Autumn 1: Continue working on NEA. Complete sections A, B & C

Autumn 2: Complete AO2- Section D. Start modelling prototype for section E

Spring 1- Complete AO3- Sections F. Prepare for exam

Spring 2- Recap theory and prepare for final exam


Useful websites:

GCSE Design and Technology - AQA - BBC Bitesize

:: Welcome to - A Design & Technology Website ::



Things to do and see:

Visit the Design Museum. Free workshops around Camden and Kings Cross (Keep an eye on the family bulletin for latest opportunities).

Extra-curricular activities and clubs: DT club every Monday lunchtime in TE1.