Design & Techology

The Design & Technology Faculty teaches strands of the design and technology curriculum to Key Stage 3 students and offers design and technology and hospitality and catering to students in Key Stage 4.

The faculty has specialised rooms for each of the different areas of the curriculum, which are fully resourced and utilized by our students. We aim for students to leave school not just with qualifications, but with skills for life. 

A brief overview of the topics covered by the faculty

Design & Technology

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

  • Introduction to presentation and graphical skills
  • Health and safety in a workshop
  • Basic tool usage
  • Machine compliance
  • Manufacturing using wood and metal
  • Understanding of basic electronic components
  • Creative and inspirational design skills 
  • Manufacturing using plastic, wood and metal
  • Machine Processes
  • Use of adhesives
  • Computer controlled technology 
  • Use of electronics to manufacturer a functional product
  • Understanding of real life contexts 
  • Working alongside a client
  • Production of design proposals in 2D and 3D
  • Demonstrate an ability in the use of Computer Aided Architectural software
  • Working in a competitive market


Food Technology 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

  • Introduction to Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Diet and Health
  • Food Choice
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Special Diets
  • Food Labelling
  • Source and seasonality and characteristics of ingredients
  •  Food, A Fact Of Life'  
  • Knife and Cooker Safety Assessment
  • Weighing and measuring/ Prevention of cross contamination.   
  • Cook with accuracy and precision more complex dishes.
  • Recognise hazards and assess risks.



Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

  • Introduction to basic Textile skills including 
  • hand embroidery, surface decoration & Weaving
  • Health & Safety in the workshop
  • Basic tool usage
  • Design & make activities using fabrics and fastenings
  • Development of design skills based upon an inspirational starting point
  • Manufacturing using fabrics and fabric decoration techniques including, dyeing and printing.
  • Use of sewing machines
  • Understanding user needs
  • Analysing the work of past and present professionals
  • Identifying and solving design problems
  • Generating creative design ideas from a single starting point
  • Communicate design ideas using annotated sketches
  • Manufacturing skills including hand embroidery, applique, felting and embellishments.
  • Understanding of consumer laws 
  • Understanding Textile care labels and packaging


Courses currently offered by the faculty

Design & Technology 

GCSE (9-1) Design & Technology

The Eduqas GCSE in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems. Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors. 

Course structure

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century

A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates' knowledge and understanding of:  technical principles designing and making principles along with their ability to analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.

How it's assessed

Written examination: 2 hours worth 50% of qualification

Component 2: Design and make task 

A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge set by WJEC, assessing candidates' ability to:  identify, investigate and outline design possibilities, design and make prototypes, analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology. 

How it's assessed

Non-exam assessment: approximately 35 hours worth 50% of qualification

Exam board specification link


Hospitality & Catering

Level 1/2 Technical Award in Hospitality and Catering

The Eduqas/WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study.

This Award is equivalent to a GCSE and is graded Pass, Merit, and Distinction.

It is suitable as a foundation for further study, possibly to Level 3 in Food and Nutrition in Further Education, providing learners with a core depth of knowledge and a range of specialist and general skills that will support their progression to further learning and employment.

Course structure

Unit 1 – The Hospitality and Catering Industry 

A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates' knowledge and understanding of;

-Hospitality and Catering Operations

-Health and Safety

-Food and Ill Health

How it's assessed

Written examination: 90 minutes 

40% of qualification

Unit 2 – Hospitality and Catering in Action

The applied purpose of this unit is for learners to safely plan, prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes. 

There will be a 4-hour practical exam towards the end of the course which involves learners planning and making 4 courses for a chosen target group.

How it's assessed

Practical exam: 4 hours worth 60% of qualification

Exam board specification link


Useful Links 


D&T Staff

Mrs S Poolley

Subject Leader of Food Technology

Mrs C Jesson

Subject Leader of Textiles

Ms S Simon

Teacher of Design & Technology

Mrs L Minchin

Food Technician

Mrs S Davies

D&T Technician