Design Technology

Subject Overview

All pupils take part in Design Technology at Key Stage 3. They are taught on a carousel and have equal time in a number of different programmes, including Resistant Materials. Pupils can opt to study Design Technology to GCSE in Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 3 Overview (Years 7-9)

Year 7

  • Design and make a roller ball game
  • Develop CAD/CAM (2D Design) skills
  • Materials and their properties
  • Designing for a client
  • Oblique drawing
  • Isometric Drawing

Year 8

  • Design and make an invalid aid
  • Levers & Linkages
  • Mechanisms
  • Design and make a earphone holder in CAD/CAM 2D Design
  • Art Deco

Year 9

  • Design and make an birdfeeder in CAD/CAM 2D Design
  • Sustainability
  • Materials and their properties
  • Develop 3D Modelling Skills using CAD


Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11)

NCFE Engineering Level 1/2

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in engineering. It will provide learners with experience of using different tools and materials to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of what engineering may involve. This qualification is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding in engineering and apply that knowledge through a project.

This qualification shows learners how to:

Develop a broad understanding of the engineering sector

  • Research a new idea
  • Use tools and equipment
  • Perform a range of techniques and processes using selected materials
  • Draw, develop and take part in an engineering project.


This qualification aims to:

  • Focus on an applied study of the engineering industry sector
  • Offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a significant core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability
  • Provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • Understand how drawing is applied in engineering
  • Understand and use appropriate tools and equipment
  • Understand and use appropriate materials.

Throughout the delivery of this qualification, the following core areas and transferable skills should be evident:

  • Communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Fault-finding skills
  • Interpreting information
  • Research skills
  • Teamwork
  • Planning
  • Health & Safety