Curriculum Overviews


A Brief Introduction to the Technology Department


The Design and Technology suite comprises of two food rooms, one textiles room, one graphics studio, one resistant materials workshop and a state of the art CAD CAM room. A wood preparation area also houses wood sawing machines and material storage space.

KS3 – The department operates a condensed KS3 programme with each student completing eight modules over a two year period. All students will complete projects within Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles and will develop their CAD CAM competencies during their time in the department.

KS4 – GCSE pathways

The department currently offers Food & Nutrition and Graphic Products  

Statement of Work


How will the course be assessed and what qualifications can you expect to gain?

The course is be broken up into five integrated sections outlined below;

Food, nutrition and health, food science, food safety, food choice and food provenance       

Theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from sections 1 to 5 will be assessed by a terminal written exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. This exam makes up 50% of the students final GCSE grade. The remaining 50% of the grade is made up of a non exam assessment (NEA), comprising of two tasks: :  

Task 1: Food investigation (30 marks) and mean practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task and

Task 2: Food preparation assessment (70 marks)

Graphic Products

The two year Graphic Products course is broken down into three modules. Theoretical knowledge of materials and graphic processes, assessed by a terminal written exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. This exam makes up 40% of the students final GCSE grade. The remaining 60% is assessed through two written coursework assessments.   

From September 2018, a new specification will be adopted for students wishing to opt for Resistant Materials or Graphic Products. The new examinations will be delivered in line with the new National Qualification scheme, converting A*-G grades to a numerical score 9 -1. 9 equating to the historic A*.

In addition to the classroom courses delivered by the Design Technology department, a range of additional support programmes offered students includes:

Intervention classes to support Yr 11 students in their preparation for GCSE examinations and offers.

Opportunities to extend learning, to receive guidance and help with any aspect of work

Additional time to complete homework tasks.

Key Stage 3

At times in the year when specific work has not been set for students to do at home they will be expected to improve their work by making use of the ‘Even Better If . . .’ comments made by their teacher. Students should also use the time to ensure that assignments are up-to-date and ready for assessment. Opportunities to work on these aspects encourage students to work with Technology staff after the school day has officially ended at 2.35pm.

Key Stage 4

As well as the expectations laid out for KS3, students should use the time to further their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

This could be by further reading around a topic, watching some of the many good programmes currently available on television as well as accessing websites such as ‘Doddle’ and ‘GCSE POD’ to allow deeper learning.

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