Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

The new Food and Nutrition course will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

Key Members of Staff

Mrs K Abbott –

Mr M Fawcett—

Mrs J Wood—

Mr C James—

Mrs R York—

Mrs S Hovers—


Project 1 – ‘Introduction to cooking and food preparation’.

Development of basic skills and techniques to produce a range of different dishes.

Project 2 – ‘Principles of nutrition’.

Develop an understanding of nutrients, the body’s requirements and sources of nutrients.

Product Design

Investigating and building structures


Create, make and evaluate a usable product


Project 1 – ‘food commodities’

Develop an understanding of common ingredients, how they are processed and their characteristics.

Project 2 – ‘Where food comes from’

Develop an understanding of food tradition and how they vary around the world.

Product Design

Investigate, create and evaluate an ergonomic product.


Architecture challenge


Project 1 – ‘Diet and good health’.

Develop an understanding of nutritional requirements at different stages of life to maintain good health.

Project 2 – ‘Science of food’.

Develop an understanding of cooking and processing and the effects on food production.

Product Design

Create, make and evaluate an electronic product: Audio Amp project


The engineered world: Investigating an engineered product

(KS3 subject to change with ongoing developments of the new GCSE D&T specification

KS4 – GCSE Food & Nutrition

The course will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

KS4 – GCSE Design & Technology: Product Design

Design, Make and Evaluate using a number of different materials.

Time on the course is spent being experimental, creative and developing practical skills and written analytical skills and knowledge and understanding of design processes and materials.

KS4 – BTEC Engineering

This course provides a good foundation for students wishing to enter engineering after school, either at level 3 or directly into a job.

It offers a broad-based introduction to engineering and is designed with employers in mind.

Current units include

  • H&S in Engineering.
  • The Engineering World (online test).
  • Manufacturing using CAD/CAM (tape dispenser)
  • Investigating an Engineered product (micro scooter)

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