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Design Technology

Students who choose to study Design Technology will prepare themselves to contribute to an ever increasingly technological world.  Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and also develop technical and practical expertise.

Year 9

Design Technology students will begin to grow their own personal practical skills and techniques.

Project 1: Sketching and Drawing: Students will begin the year learning how to sketch / draw and how to render their designs.  They will learn how to develop a concept design into a 3d Model using a range of materials and 3D Printing techniques. Quickly moving on to modelling techniques and developing their own ideas as a prototype. 

Design Technology Specification. 3.2.5 Using and working with materials

Project 2: Clock Project: Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills further by creating clocks influenced by a range of designers listed within the GCSE Design Technology national curriculum.

Design Technology Specification. 3.2.3 Ecological and social footprint

Project 3: LED Lighting: Students will learn a range of practical skills and techniques whilst using joinery tools and equipment. They will learn how to cut Dovetail, Lap, Mortice and Tenon joints alongside how to wire electrical circuits. 

Design Technology Specification. 3.2 Specialist technical principles

Project 4: Flat Pack Furniture:  Using the skills that they have accumulated over the year, the students will partake in a focused practical task. Pupils will be guided on how to develop a portfolio. (In lines with the year 10 and 11 NEA examples).  Students will then develop their own flat pack furniture influenced by a range of differing designers.

Design Technology Specification. 3.2.1 Selection of materials or components


Year 10

Year 10 is where the students amalgamate all the skills that they have learnt within year nine and apply this to the first of the three mock GCSE Projects.  


Project 1: Iterative Design: They will begin the year looking at iterative designs and modelling techniques.  There are to refine practical skills and developing the complexity of a design and build project.

Design Technology Specification. 3.1.1 New and emerging technologies

Project 2: Systems and Control:  Students will then look at how electrical circuits are implemented within everyday life, and how the systems and control process is influenced by Input-Process-Output.  They will learn how to independently, operate the laser cutter, and how to wire a pre-manufactured circuit board.

Design Technology Specification. 3.1.4 Systems approach to designing

Project 3: Energy and materials:  Students will learn the differing methods of providing electricity. From solar panels to Hydroelectricity power stations.  They will then develop their own ideas further and create a concept electrical car charging station. Whilst using the 3D printer to manufacture a scaled model of their final design.

Design Technology Specification. 3.1.2 Energy generation and storage

Finally students will move onto metal casting before begin their NEA GCSE project which is 50% of their final grade.   Throughout the year they will also be building upon their subject knowledge studying topics such as energy, materials and systems and control to E based textiles and specialist principles and techniques.


Year 11

Year 11 students are now to develop their NEA GCSE portfolio. They are to follow the GCSE examiners brief and complete a range of pages to demonstrate their ability to follow a design brief.  Students will be expected to manufacture their product using a variety of techniques from laser cutting, 3D printing to hand manufacturing of parts of the project.  As this aspect of the course is 50% of their overall grade, it is important to be resilient and to invest as much time and effort within the allocated examination time.  Students will also sit their GCSE exam in May and this will be the remaining 50% of their course grade.  Students are to take every opportunity to use the Design Technology revision guides in order to enhance their grades further and gain a successful GCSE grade.