Design and Technology

Product design is the study of materials and processes in a workshop environment. Students will create a range of products and investigate technology in the real world.

“The mind is like an umbrella, it functions best when open.”

Walter Gropius

Course description

We aim through Design and Technology to offer a unique learning experience, to stimulate curiosity about everyday products and develop skills and knowledge essential for an increasingly technologically advancing world. Our integrated Key Stage 3 Design and Technology programme draws together Engineering, Graphics and Product Design. Our facilities are first class, including as specialist workshops and studios, as well as access to virtual rapid prototyping, laser cutters and industry-standard computer aided design, graphic design and electronic programming software.

Students in Years 7 and 8 study all aspects of the design process, including how professional designers and manufacturers work together to develop and market new products. The course includes aspects of architecture, electronic product design, engineering, graphic design and computer aided design and manufacture. It aims to develop skills of creativity, teamwork, independent problem solving and communication as well as practical skills. The curriculum includes industrial practice and links with local industries. We have outstanding extra-curricular opportunities within Design and Technology ranging from designers in residence and business links to enterprise activities and local, regional and national competitions.

What skills do I need to be successful?
You will need to be organised, able to plan your work, be willing to contact companies, and have an interest in product or industrial design.

What will I need to do outside of lessons?
Pupils will need to gather research, work in sketchbooks and complete homework tasks.

What equipment will I need to provide?
There are certain equipment that are essential for being a Product Designer. Having access to technical graphic equipment like certain pencils, fine liners and graphics markers are an advantage and will be available at the start of the year.

What happens when you have finished?
The progression routes you can take are studying BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering or BTEC Tech Award in Art and Design Practice.


Students will have one assessed task per half term which will be built into a project based piece of work.

Ways to help my child succeed

Your child can succeed in Design Technology through exploring different creative practical elements of the course. Practice and development of design sketching as well as practical skills to produce good quality work are also encouraged in Design Technology. 

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“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering as well as final assembly”

James Dyson

Course description

The BTEC Tech Award in Engineering is an exciting qualification, which has been developed to explore the range of Engineering sectors and disciplines. It involves product analysis, product disassembly, CAD, modelling and manufacture of components for a product. Engineering is an opportunity to explore how products are designed, developed and manufactured within industry.

Engineering is a fast growing industry, covering a wide range of areas such as electronics, renewable energy, aerospace, communications, automotive, rail, marine and bioscience. With this is mind the Engineering course aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills and practices over the three year course.

Within Year 9, students are taught theory content in the build up to Years 10 and 11. They will use machinery such as the CNC Lathe and Milling machine and 3D CAD systems to manufacture components. In Years 10 and 11 students will complete three components, two of which are internally assessed consisting of the submission of assignments/ portfolio of work. The third component is an external assessment which is sat in Year 11.

If students wish to pursue an Engineering as a future career pathway they can complete the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Certificate in sixth form. The Level 3 units build on Level 2 and would put you in an ideal position for either a degree in Engineering or an apprenticeship with a local or national engineering firm.


In Years 10 and Year 11 you will undertake the following three components:

Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications (internal assessment). Students will produce work demonstrating their understanding of different engineering sectors, products and organisations and consider how the sectors interrelate. They will develop their engineering skills producing solutions through CAD drawings and prototype models.

Component 2: Investigating an Engineering Project (internal assessment). Students will carry out an investigation into materials and processes for components of an engineered product. Students will learn how to accurately disassemble a product which they will reproduce, inspect and test after manufacture.

Component 3: Responding to an Engineering Brief (external assessment). Students are given a brief to carry out tests and analyse the data they collected. Students will demonstrate their evaluative skills to consider issues and solutions in response to the brief.

Exam board

The course title: Level 1/ Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Engineering

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Ways to help my child succeed

Access to a computer will allow students to complete their internal assignment work as well as using the CAD/ CAM software. Students will have access to these at school and can download free resources at home to use. Encourage pupils to actively research engineering process, materials and systems to support their understanding and knowledge. Support pupils in good time management as this course has two internal assignments with submissions throughout the academic year.

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“Design is not just what it looks and feels like, design is how it works”

Steve Jobs

Course description

Students will learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills such as, creativity, problem solving, collaboration and communication. For their final piece students will be presented with a context which they will then investigate, design, develop and manufacture a concept for. This could be in the format of print, model, product or architectural design.

The subject calls for students to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past technology, its uses and effects.

What happens when you have finished?
If you choose this subject, you can move onto BTEC level 3 course in Art and Design (Graphics) or BTEC Engineering Level 3 at the Sixth Form, which is ideal preparation for either a degree or apprenticeship.

What will I need to do outside of lessons?
Pupils will need to work on e-portfolios, gather research and experiment and test techniques using the school facilities.


This course will be assessed through three components. (Two external pieces of coursework and one externally assessed practical task).

Component 1 – Generating Ideas in Design
Component 2 – Developing Practical Skills in Design
Component 3 – Responding to a Client Brief