• Mr D Simpson
  • Mr M Gannon
  • Mr M McClean


  • Mr G Pickering

About our Department

The focus within the Technology and Design department is to provide a learning environment whereby pupils can discover and develop their ability in Design and Manufacture. This enables them to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills through experiences which are meaningful.

Technology and Design activities provide opportunities for pupils to experience the sense of satisfaction and enjoyment that comes from engaging in purposeful activities, leading to the production of completed products. Pupils will develop Technology and Design capabilities through work associated with 4 elements:

  • Designing
  • Communicating
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy and Control

In our lessons we strive to develop every aspect of the pupil through:

  • Thinking Skills and personal capabilities
  • STEM knowledge
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Develop a range of competencies;
  • Display flair and creativity;
  • Critically evaluate everyday products and systems;
  • Acknowledge and gain from the experiences of others ;
  • Capitalize on the knowledge and skills from other subject areas;
  • Learn logical procedures in problem solving;
  • Develop the ability to work collaboratively.

Many pupils choose to study Technology and Design at GCSE and we see an ever increasing number of girls choosing our subject, which is very pleasing as we believe this is  due to the increased focus on Designing and Computer Aided Design elements at Key Stage 3.

We are a department which looks to continually develop and grow, providing as many opportunities for our pupils as possible.


Technology and Design
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How Stuff works


McNickle & Sons Church Furniture Manufacturers
Solid Fabrications

GCSE Technology

Technology and Design is an ever changing subject and with the new specification we have moved to a much more graphical and Computer Aided Design aspect in the subject. The pupils complete an IDOCK yr10 project which is a good example of the direction Technology and Design has gone in the past 2 years. It is obvious through our increase in numbers that the pupils see the relevance and benefits of studying this subject at GSCE. We are now not just a male orientated subject with the main focus being on Design, Graphics, Plastics and Folder work whereby girls excel with their creativity and presentational skills. Technology and Design is 60% coursework. This allows the teacher to monitor the pupils progress over the 2-year course.

How is the course divided?

This GCSE is divided in to 4 Units studied over a 2 year period: Year 11 – Unit 1 & Unit 4

  • This consists of a Design assignment worth 20%.  It is completed under informal supervision within 13 hours.
  • Theory core content is a modular exam worth 20% in June of yr11 – we delivery the theory content with a balance of mini practical projects to underpin the knowledge gained.

Year 12 – Unit 2/3 & Unit 5

  • This is when we begin our main project to be completed within 30 hours incorporating a design folder worth 40%. We will use Computer Aided Design as our main tool when manufacturing our final product.
  • Written exam part 2 worth 20%

Laser Cutter

The department incorporates the New Laser cutter as a major part of our design and manufacturing throughout the main practical project. We as a department see the importance of STEM areas in relation to providing guidance for pupils for potential Career paths.

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

The Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 outlines 4 areas, which form the elements of the course. The skills and elements to be taught as described in the current Programme of Study are:

  • Designing
  • Communicating
  • Manufacturing
  • Using Energy and Control

The units of work, which are listed below, are designed to introduce the pupils to the various elements of the Programme of Study.

All pupils in Years 8 – 10 study Technology and Design. We offer a very wide range of experiences and the opportunity to make great projects that become more complex as the pupil moves through the Key Stage. We have developed our projects to ensure both Boys and Girls can engage and enjoy. A list of projects are listed on the Units of Work below.

Units of Study

Year 8:

  • Health and Safety
  • Key Fob
  • Seasonal Decoration
  • Stationary project
  • Graphics Module
  • Jitter Bug
  • Focus tasks ‘Communication’
  • Focus Task ‘Evaluation’
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Pneumatics

Year 9:

  • Health and Safety
  • Message Stand
  • Graphics Module
  • Personal Fan
  • Focus tasks ‘Communication’
  • Focus Task ‘Evaluation’
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Pullalong Toy
  • Pneumatics

Year 10:

  • Health and Safety
  • iPod Dock ‘CAD/CAM’
  • ICT Testing CAD
  • Pneumatics
  • Graphics Module
  • Hanging Basket
  • Focus tasks ‘Communication’
  • Focus Task ‘Evaluation’

Year 13

Butcher's Block

Butcher’s Block

A course in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the Curriculum for Candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops candidates interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.


Designing and Innovation

  • Product Analysis
  • Materials and Components
  • Industrial and Commercial Practice

DT2 Design and Make Project 60% of AS Level / 30% of A Level Marks

This part of the DT2 unit should give candidates an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to solve a real problem at AS level and also to prepare candidates for the AL design project.

Project Focus on CAD / CAM

Year 14

Butcher's Block

Space saving seat/table

DT3 –Examination Paper 40% of A2 Level /20% of A Level marks

Course Content Year 14

  • Human Responsibility
  • Public Interaction
  • Processes
  • Production Systems and Control

DT4 – Major Project 60% of A2 Level /30% of A level marks 

This project should represent about 60hrs of supervised time, however, as with all other Advanced Level subjects, candidates will need to work independently and outside of supervised time to complete the work to an appropriately high standard.

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