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, Technology and Media

Gwen Frye  |

Subject Lead

Asma Ali   |

Additional teacher

Helen Crump   |




The Design Technology curriculum aims to engage students in a variety of creative and practical activities that will provide the students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.

Students will be taught how to design, make and evaluate, whilst acquiring technical knowledge. At the start of each year, all students in Y7, Y8 and Y9 will follow a preparatory course.

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Things to see and do

Visit the Design Museum


Our GCSE Design Technology specification sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating. The majority of the specification will be delivered through the practical application of this knowledge and understanding. 

The subject content has been split into three sections as follows:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

In order to make effective design choices students will need a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding that consists of:

  • New and emerging technologies
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Developments in new materials
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Mechanical devices
  • Materials and their working properties.


Autumn term:

  • Theory Content Covered
  • Material area on Wood, Metal and Plastic

Spring term:

  • Theory Content Covered
  • Material area on Electronic, Mechanical Systems and Paper and Boards

Summer term: Introduction to non-exam assessment.


Autumn term:

  • Continue working on non-exam assessment
  • Research and design sections

Spring term:

  • Non-exam assessment - Design and development
  • Making final product
  • Completing non-exam assessment

Summer term: Preparing for GCSE Exam

How KS4 Design and Technology is assessed

Non-exam assessment (non-exam assessment): 30–35 hours approx.

  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Written exam: 2 hours

  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE




Things to see and do

Visit the Design Museum