Design & Technology is a popular subject, where our pupils can better understand how the products they use are designed and made. We aim to stimulate a lasting interest in problem-solving and technological activities. We are proud to be able to offer up to date facilities, and invest wisely in top quality tools and equipment to enhance the learning experience.

Our school has a large, well-equipped main workshop, a second light workshop, a dedicated computer room and a superb kitchen with excellent cooking facilities. Dedicated technicians assist the Technology teachers and students.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 all pupils study Design and Technology and Food. In Years 10 and 11 we run popular GCSE’s in both subjects. Design & Technology and Textiles are both available at A Level.

Technology Club runs after school and at lunch times, where students can carry on their work or pursue their own interests. Cooking club and Greenpower Car Club are also very popular. The department organises an exciting annual Technology Day for visiting pupils from local junior schools, sponsored by Messier Dowty.

We run trips to Jaguar, BMW Mini and Morgan Cars to enhance delivery of the A Level Course. We are also fully involved with STEM clubs and competitions.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic teachers have a wealth of experience, and work hard to make sure we are keeping abreast of the latest teaching techniques. This is so important in such a fast moving subject. Our innovative Year 7&8 homework regime is testament to this.

Sixth Form

Design & Technology

Design & Technology (Product Design)

  • Component 1: Theory 50% of A2
  • Component 2: Non Examined Assessment (Coursework) 50% of A2
  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Course Code: 9DTO

Course aims:

Advanced GCE Design & Technology aims to provide an opportunity for students to develop their own creativity, design capability and entrepreneurial skills. They learn to apply knowledge and understanding to a range of technological activities and to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. Students should have a strong interest in designing, modelling, making and evaluating products, and an interest in the influences of the products upon the world, including sustainability.

Entry requirements:

Grade B or above in GCSE Design & Technology would provide the most suitable foundation, although we have had many successful candidates who did not study the subject at GCSE level.

Key features:

  • Provides a suitable foundation for the study of Design & Technology related courses in further and higher education and for employment in a related industry.
  • Encourages the development of independent learning, planning, creativity and innovation.
  • Develops many transferable skills that are valuable in an increasingly flexible working environment

Higher Education (check with relevant institutions and career advisors for current subject/grade entry requirements):

  • Engineering – D&T, Maths and Physics make a good combination.
  • Product Design/Graphic Design – D&T, Art, Business Studies and other combinations are possible
  • Architecture/Surveying/Construction – D&T with Maths and Art or Physics or Business Studies.
  • Education – D&T is a very stimulating subject to teach with every day providing a new challenge!

Textile Design

We follow the Edexcel specification

  • UNIT 1: Coursework Project: 60% of AS
  • UNIT 2: Externally Set Assignment: 40% of AS
  • UNIT 3: Coursework Project: 30% of A2
  • UNIT 4: Externally Set Assignment: 20% of A2

Course aims:

To develop an understanding of fibre based materials using them in an informed and expressive way. Outcomes may take many different forms from practical wearable fashions to fine art prints and wallhangings. Introduction to a wide variety of techniques exploring constructed, dyed and printed textiles and an ability to generate and develop your own ideas from a given theme or design brief.

Entry requirements:

No specific requirements but an interest in Art and Design issues and empathy for fabrics and fashion.

Key features:

  • Provides an ideal foundation for the study of Art related courses in further education, higher education and for employment.
  • Enables students to acquire a portfolio of work to apply for the BTEC Foundation Art course or direct entry to BA Honours degree
  • Develops students’ core art skills and enables them to experiment in a variety of exciting methods and techniques.

Higher Education:

Fashion Design – Fine Art or D&T can also contribute to this chosen career path. Fashion Journalism – exciting culmination of Textiles with English or Photography. Fashion Marketing/Buying – a rewarding route incorporating Business Studies. Textiles Technology (product development & testing) – Chemistry and D&T with Textiles. Education – a greatly satisfying career in teaching this challenging practical subject.