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Design and Technology

Design and Technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizz kids turn their bright ideas into products.

James Dyson

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students explore various materials and their properties through the use of specialist tools, equipment and machinery.
This is linked to the study of new and emerging technologies and understanding how the past inspires tomorrow. Computer Aided Design is used to help students develop and model their ideas, where products are then tested and evaluated for their intended user.

Year 9 investigate the “Impact of light” combined with the challenges of how we utilise space where we live and work. Students’ learning links in to industrial methods in the design and making of their prototype.

KS3 Design and Technology

At KS3 students are taught the following:

• Identifying Health & Safety symbols and the importance of risk and responsibility in the workshop
• How to safely use a variety of hand tools, equipment and machinery
• Identify the properties and characteristics of a range of materials including: Wood, Metals & Polymers
• To research and analyse the work of others to understand how  ideas and innovation can be explored
• Explore Computer Aided Design and how it links to industry
• Students are encouraged to experiment with ideas and not be afraid of making mistakes: “It’s how we learn.”
• Career links and where Design & Technology can take you further

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Health & Safety Movements in Design Understanding Consumer Needs
2D to 3D Modelling Techniques and Processes Importance of Prototypes        

Exploring the relationship between nature and design

Exploring Metals and Plastics                         Electronics                                               
Properties of wood Jewellery Links to industrial skills
    Development of a light product


KS4 Design and Technology GCSE

We live in a world of developing technologies, where curiosity and discovery go hand in hand, to meet the needs of humans and improve the systems and products we use.

Studying Design and Technology is an opportunity for students to explore ideas, research from the past and creatively think of how lives can be improved in the future, through investigating, designing and the making of their own prototypes.

These objectives are met in the units studied by students in Year 10:

  • Design and Technology in our world
  • Smart materials
  • Electronic systems and programmable components
  • Materials (paper & boards, timber, metal, polymers and textiles)

The importance of cross-curricular links to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) principles are also strengthened within the course.

In the summer term of Year 10, the exam board Eduqas releases the “Contextual Challenge”  for Component 2.

This will provide students with the freedom and opportunity to really explore possibilities around research, design innovation plus analytical skills and their making.


  • 50% non-examined assessment (NEA) project
  • 50% written examination

Progression routes

The study of Design and Technology can lead to future careers in architecture, engineering, product, fashion and interior design, medicine, aeronautics ... in fact anywhere you choose to apply it!

The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at or telephone 020 8363 3030.