Design and Technology

Head of Design Technology & Engineering: Mrs C McCafferty, HND CertEd MlfL QTLS


Teacher of Engineering: Mr A McNaughton, BA (Hons), Wales


Design & Technology

This is a brand new GCSE. If you have a keen interest in Textiles or Engineering, you will enjoy studying GCSE Design Technology. Designing a product and seeing it as a 3D outcome is exciting. You will gain inspiration for new product design by looking at designers and their influences. You will be able to analyse the demands of a target market and design and make products which match a particular need. An enquiring and open mind, an independent spirit and a willingness to take on new ideas are essential in order to study this subject. The world of Design has many career opportunities and this course gives you the basic skills to take forward into further education.

Design and Technology enables pupils to work creatively when designing and making, learning how to apply technical and practical expertise. You will develop a working knowledge of a wide range of materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. You will learn about design and market influences, economic factors, processes and manufacture, environmental issues and the use of ICT in relation to the manufacturing of material products. You will be able to recognise the contribution you can make to the environment through careful consideration and selection of sustainable resources.

Course Content
Technical Principles: You will develop a breadth of knowledge in five core areas which cover both Textiles and Engineering: DT in Our World, Smart Materials, Electronic Systems & Programmable Components, Mechanical Components & Devices and Materials. You will choose one of these three areas: Fibres & Textiles, Natural & Manufactured Timber, or Papers & Board. You will study your chosen area and will develop an in-depth knowledge of a specific material to support your Design and Make task.

Design & Making Principles: You will complete a Design and Make task in relation to your chosen specialism; Fibres & Textiles, Natural & Manufactured Timber, or Papers & Boards.

You will apply a broad knowledge and understanding of DT principles within Design and Make activities in order to produce a product. This will include: selecting and working with materials and components, marking out and using tools and equipment, specialist techniques, surface treatments and finishes.
Having studied the entire range of DT topics in Year 10, you will then choose to specialise in either Textiles or one of the Engineering components for Year 11.


Design and Technology in the 21st Century – 2 hour written exam (50%)

Design and Make task, NEA, 35 hours (50%)

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A level

 Textiles Technology

A level Textile design is a versatile course that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabrics and products for different purposes. You will work in an exploratory way to create ideas, concepts, materials and techniques for different purposes such as; fashion items, accessories and clothing for film/theatre, technological innovation, Interior design, fine textile art, soft sculpture and wall hangings.

The course is a self-driven journey during which you will develop ideas through the analysis of existing/past designers’ work and your own personal experiment. You will be encouraged to use a range of materials and techniques to present your thoughts, ideas and observations. You will demonstrate clear intention of ideas through drawing and presentation techniques and sensitive manipulation of materials. You will produce work that is a personal response to set themes that you have helped choose. Disciplines include pattern cutting, print design and making, resist techniques, sublimation printing, embellishment and felt making. You will be given time to work in most of these areas and develop a high command of skills. As part of the coursework, students produce a piece of extended writing of between 1000 – 3000 words that relates to their coursework.

Three Dimensional Design

The 3D Design A Level is an engaging, creative course that enables students to explore a wide range of materials and processes to design and make 3-dimensional outcomes. The outcomes can be decorative or functional pieces which could include architecture, furniture or set design, functional products or sculptures utilising a wide range of materials where students are encouraged to experiment and problem solve. Starting points include nature, architectural and man-made structures. Further studies may also include shape, form, surface and texture.

Most projects will start with some visual research which will involve drawing and photographing man-made and natural objects or environments. You will investigate the work of other designers and artists and develop an understanding of historic and contemporary creative practices. You will be introduced to a range of materials and process methods such as woods, metals and plastics and you will learn how these can be manipulated and combined to create new and innovative 3D outcomes.
Projects might include:
• Architectural: exteriors, interiors set designs and landscape.
• Product Design: transport, consumer goods, lighting, furniture.
• Ceramics: functional, ornamental and sculptural pottery.
During the individual project work you will develop a personal direction within your creative work. You will select a theme that will serve as the inspiration and direction for your coursework. You will generate a design brief and record and explore your ideas using sketches and maquettes to communicate your concepts.