Design and Technology

Head of Faculty: Mrs Z Balfre
Support Staff: Miss N Archer
Level of Teaching: KS3 and KS4
Exam Board: AQA Textiles, OCR Home Economics (Food and Nutrition)

Our mission within the Design and Technology department is to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop their creative and practical skills. At the heart of the department is a strong passion for design. We are aware that within Design and Technology, we are developing and growing some of the architects and builders of tomorrow.

Our students will be faced with many big environmental and social moral issues affecting the way we live our lives, therefore it is very important that we instil a sense of responsibility for ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ within our students, to equip them with a deep understanding of the world around them and to ensure they have the sense of responsibility to look after our natural resources when designing for tomorrow.

All students have the opportunity to follow a Design and Technology GCSE course:

  • Textiles GCSE
  • Home Economics (Food & Nutrition)

There will be a substantial practical element to both subjects and any student who wishes to take work home may be asked to make a contribution towards materials. GCSE practical work must remain in school until the end of October following completion of the course, for marking and moderation purposes. After this it will be available but possibly again it may be necessary to contribute towards materials.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Core topics studies in Key Stage 3 are:

  • Designing and making projects using a variety of materials including: wood, metal and plastics
  • Textiles
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Graphics
  • Food and Nutrition

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

GCSE Home Economics (Food and Nutrition) OCR J431

This course is designed to prepare students with a wide variety of practical cooking skills as well as an in-depth knowledge about nutrition and eating a healthy well balanced diet. We also look at health and safety and hygiene and how to prepare and store food safely.

Initially students learn about different cooking techniques through both practical and theory-based lessons. As part of their learning pupils have the opportunity to learn about and cook different foods from a variety of cultures around the world at particular times of the year, including our own traditions such as Christmas and bonfire night.

In the final year, students will undertake four controlled assessment units contributing to 60% of their overall GCSE grade. They will then sit a written exam worth 40%.

GCSE Textiles AQA 4572

This course is designed for both male and female students who have an interest in fashion, interior design or for those who are interested in the development of modern and smart materials. Students will develop their knowledge of materials and processes; they will also gain an insight into fashion and fabrics from other countries. Students will undertake at least three projects, which will cover the main aspects of design and technology such as research, designing, making and evaluation.

During the final part of the course all students will embark on a major project in which they are encouraged to develop skills obtained to produce a design portfolio and a final product/artefact. This could be designing and making bags and other accessories or producing a range of fashion garments such as jackets and dresses.

Enrichment and Links:

We aim to widen students’ experiences and to give them a greater understanding of different career opportunities.

Pupils also have the opportunity to support whole projects such as our community party, and charity link projects with our primary schools. This year pupils cooked and decorated approximately 200 small Christmas cakes for the Genesis trust in Bath.