Design and Technology

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow a rotation of the following disciplines – Food and Product Design, additional skills in Textiles and

Graphics may also be taught in this Key Stage. Practical work is the emphasis in all subject areas. Alongside this, students develop analytical, research, and evaluative skills.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

This new GCSE focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure an understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials.

Pupils will also learn about food from around the world, through the study of British and international culinary traditions. This is an exciting and creative course which will allow pupils to demonstrate their practical skills and make connections between theory and practice.

Transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation, communication skills, independence and time management will be developed throughout the course.

This course is an excellent stepping stone to further study in Food, an apprenticeship or employment in the catering or Food Industry.

GCSE Design and Technology Product Design

This course has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of resistant materials (wood, metal, plastics) and manufacturing techniques. This also includes a range of graphic and modelling materials. In design and modelling they are encouraged to learn through images, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand 2D and 3D design.

They will design and make quality product(s) using a range of resistant materials and also introduced to new technologies to prepare them for the world of work. The course will also foster awareness of resources and substantiality and their effects on the environment.

This course is an excellent stepping stone into A Level Product Design course and for students interested in engineering, manufacturing or a creative career.