Design and technology

Aims of the curriculum

Learning design and technology at school helps to prepare young people for living and working in an ever-changing world. It also emphasises the need to prepare young people to be adaptable in acquiring new knowledge and skills. Design and technology is a popular subject at KS4 and supports the delivery of mathematics, English and science. Students cover a range of academic and practical skills in Design and Technology which allows pupils to develop as a person as well as a learner.

Curriculum overview

Year 10
  •  Introduction to the course
  • Coursework assessment task
  • Developing subject specific knowledge (practical and theory based)
  • Developing exam technique and preparation for end of year exams
  • Course Examination (not 9-1 GCSE)
Year 11
  • Completion of coursework tasks
  • Developing exam technique for resit if necessary
  • GCSE 9-1 Examination

Teaching methods and student organisation

Design and technology is comprised of through  different media areas of which students can pick one to study at Key Stage 4. This is done through various different methods, including theory and practical based tasks. All areas of the GCSE involve students completing coursework. Staff will be able to recommend which subject area is most suitable for pupils and their future career path. Courses vary dependent on the exam board and area chosen, these include:

• AQA Resistant Materials: 60% Coursework (1 task), 40% Exam (Year 11)

• AQA Graphic Products: 60% Coursework (1 task), 40% Exam (Year 11)

• VCERT Food and Cookery: 75% Coursework (3 units), 25% Exam (Year 10 and Year 11)

• Pearson 9-1 GCSE Design and Technology (1 task), 50% Exam (Year 10)

• Pearson BTEC Engineering Level 2 (3 Units) 40% Exam (Year 10)

Progression after Key Stage 4

Once the students have successfully completed their GCSE in design and technology, they may choose to complete an A-Level in product design at St. Thomas More Catholic School. Other options include studying higher level qualifications at college which will give them access to many different careers. These include; engineering, advanced manufacturing, digital ICT and creative industries, the motor industry and the hospitality/catering industry.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Pupils are provided with regular intervention classes in the evenings to support those students who require extra help or wish to further improve their grade.

Useful design and technology websites