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Design Technology & Food

The Design Technology department is a highly successful team, that have a wide range of experience, skills and are dedicated to raising achievement and providing students with skills for life. The team is made up of Mr Wooding (DT), Mr Coley (DT), Mr Mortimer (Graphics), Miss Mawn (Food), Ms Barden (technician) and Mrs Simkins (technician). The department is well resourced enabling learners to use new technologies which are integrated into their schemes of work. The subject areas enable learners to develop their practical skills, knowledge of materials, as well as their ability to organise, persevere, problem solve and communicate all skills desirable in the modern work place.

Subject Leader: Miss I Mawn (

Key Stage 3

Year 7 students complete a rotation of material areas during the year to develop a range of practical skills and knowledge of materials. This is completed through project based learning and a range of focused practical tasks. Student then choose to specialise in one material area for their year 8 curriculum.  In the summer term of Year 8, all students then do a "cross material" project with a healthy lifestyle theme. 

Year 7

  • Food – Healthy Eating
  • DT Graphics – Architectural promotional material
  • DT – Tatty Devine – Jewellery Project
  • DT – Technical skills and Application to materials

Year 8 Food

Raising an awareness, understanding of food choice, ingredients and cooking techniques from other cultures, who’s foods are eaten widely in the UK.

  • Foods Around the World - Italy
  • Foods Around the World - Spain
  • Foods Around the World - India
  • Foods Around the World - China
  • Foods Around the World – Mexico

Year 8 DT

  • DT – Drawing skills using industry techniques
  • DT – LED Laser cutter projects
  • DT – Alessi inspired - Pizza Cutter
  • DT – Enamel copper Jewellery
  • DT – CAD/ CAM chess project

Year 8 DT Graphics

  • Saul Bass inspired illustrations and book cover
  • William Morris Natural forms Wall paper design
  • Pasta Packaging
  • Street Art verses Graffiti

Key Stage 4 – Food Preparation & Nutrition

Exam board: AQA

There are several reasons why learning Food at GCSE makes a difference to your education and the opportunities you will have in your life. It’s designed to motivate learners to develop the high level of knowledge, understanding and skills to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. Students learn about improving lives through better knowledge of food, where it comes from and how it affects our bodies. Explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.

Future Careers include - New product development; Qualify management: Environmental health; Buying; Nutrition; Food research, as well as a range of careers in the hospitality industry.

Year 9

  • Developing technical Skills and knowledge of processes and ingredients  – students will develop a wide range of basic practical skills, presentation skills, combining, knife skills.
  • Nutrition, nutritional needs and health
  • Food Science
  • Food Safety

Year 10

  • Food Choice and developing on understanding of what affects food choice
  • Food Provenance
  • Food Science – in practice
  • NEA 2 practise task

Year 11

  • NEA 1 - Food Investigation (30 marks) Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients

Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task.

  • NEA 2 - Food Preparation Food preparation assessment (70 marks) Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.
  • Revision

Key Stage 4 DT - Design Technology

Exam board: AQA

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Learners will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. They will get the opportunity to work creatively, iteratively and independently when designing, making and applying technical and practical expertise. The GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.

Year 9

  • Drawing skills using industry techniques
  • Art Deco Pewter Casting - Metal
  • Memphis Acoustic Inspired Amplifier – CAM
  • Iterative Water Bottle (Concept Design)
  • Joinery 101
  • Mini NEA research and concepts project

Year 10

  • NEA practise task 1 – Quality control-based problem solving
  • NEA practise task 2 – Brief based problem solving

Year 11

  • NEA - Contexual Challenge (100 marks)
  • Revisit and deepen theoretical knowledge of core materials and design elements

KS5 Design and Technology Product Design

Exam board: AQA

Learners will build on their KS4 knowledge to investigate the theories and principles that underpin product design and successful design. Learners will have the opportunity to develop their communication, design skills and practical skills as well as analytical skills.

Year 12


  • Topic Materials and their application
  • Topic Digital design and Manufacturer
  • Topic Health and Safety
  • Topic Processes
  • Topic Finishes
  • Topic Commercial practices

NEA practise projects:

  • Ergonomics
  • 1 Legged stool
  • Chocolate Design
  • Architectural
  • Profession set project

Year 13

  • NEA - Practical application of technical principles, design and making principles.
  • Core Process and Material Knowledge
  • Examination practise and techniques