Design and Technology




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Working in Graphics in Graphics
Working in Resistant Materials in Resistant Materials
Using Equipment Equipment
Using the Forge the Forge
Using Equipment Equipment

Key Stage 3

Topics Covered

​Year 7

​Year 8

​Year 9

In Design they make an Active animal from wood.​In Design they make a buzzer game.​In Electronics they make an electronic ball bearing game.
​In Textiles they make a felt cover and door hanger.​In Textiles they make a cushion cover. ​In Resistant Materials they make a mechanical toy.
​In Food the topic of study is Food Hygiene and a range of practical skills​In Food the topic of study is Healthy Eating and they make a range of healthy meals for the family. In Graphics they design a brochure and promotional material for a building company or Night Club.
​In Textiles they make a fabric container/bag.
​In Food they study multicultural Foods.


As you may be aware, in 2013 the Department for Education announced the scrapping of National Curriculum Levels for Years 7, 8 and 9. Schools were tasked with developing their own models of assessment. Whilst, as a school, we had reservations about the immediacy of this change we have welcomed the opportunity to develop a more robust form of assessment which, we hope, provides students and yourselves with a clearer indication of their progress. Previously, students were given a numerical score, or level. In isolation this provided very little feedback to parents, or indeed the students themselves. A ‘level 5’, for example, represented a very broad range of attainment. Nor did a numerical score indicate whether it was a disappointing result for an individual or an outstanding achievement. We also recognise that labelling students with arbitrary grades or numerical levels has the potential to inhibit students’ potential both in school and the future.
Each subject area has spent time developing clear attainment criteria for Years 7, 8 and 9, focussed on the key knowledge, understanding and skills which students require as a foundation for their GCSEs in Years 10 and 11. These criteria are currently divided into four bands, Foundation, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced. 

Assessment Grid


At the end of Year 9 those students who have opted to do Design at GCSE go to the Harry Porter Park

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)


​Course Codes

​Exam Board

GCSEAQA Design Technology 8552

Design Technology

​GCSE​Eduqas Food Preparation & Nutrition C560P1

Food Preparation and Nutrition


Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)


​Course Codes

​Exam Board

​A LevelEduqas Product Design

Eduqas Product Design

​Level 3 Diploma (Year 13)

Certificate (Year 12)
​Food Science and Nutrition WJEC 601/4553/5
Food Science and Nutrition WJEC 601/4553/5


​A Level​Eduqas Textiles 

Eduqas Fashion and Textiles