Within the Design and Technology Department at KS3 we offer:

  • Food
  • Engineering
  • Textiles

Throughout KS3 you will have the opportunity to spend a full term in each of the areas to learn valuable practical and theoretical knowledge and life skills. More information is available from each of the specific subject areas

Curriculum Intent

Design and Technology is all around us in our modern world in which everything we use, wear and cook has been designed. It is about learning to understand and apply materials, techniques and processes to a high standard. To Investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences, and innovate with imagination and creativity. Design and Technology benefits everyone and is truly about making the world a better place — from engineering large civil products like bridges, tunnels, architecture, to finding alternative solutions to plastics, to making the man-made world we live in both look and feel better. 

The Design and Technology curriculum at Werneth consists of a range of creative, imaginative and innovative experiences of designing and practical based activities. Using a range of materials from four main areas Product Design, Resistant materials, Textiles and Food in conjunction with drawing on additional knowledge from other STEM subjects.

The curriculum is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge to engage positively with materials, components, products, and technologies in the world around them. Through these types of activities students are actively contributing to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves and their community. It provides highly transferable life skills to help students make innovative career choices


Curriculum Features

  • We follow the KS3 National curriculum in the different subject areas of Food, Textiles and Engineering (which incorporating RM & PD)
  • We are a STEM subject in the school providing cross curricular links.
  • We facilitate practical making opportunities in all subject areas to provide essential life skills and preparation for KS4.
  • We embed literacy and numeracy across all subject areas within project tasks within realistic scenarios e.g. weighing and measuring and designing for consumers.
  • We introduce key assessments in KS3 that mirror KS4 NEA tasks to prepare for GCSE.  
  • We enable students to develop independence and confidence through a range of activities.
  • We provide a positive and safe working environment for all students through high expectations of behaviour and health and safety through skilled classroom management (typicality across the dept.)
  • We provide a termly carousel syllabus in Year 8 & 9 that provides key skills and practical learning opportunities enabling ALL students to experience the different subject areas to allow informed option choices in year 10. The subject areas are Engineering, Food and Catering and Textiles.

Co-curriculum Enrichment

Using the range of materials from the four main areas of Product Design, Resistant materials, Textiles and Food in conjunction with drawing on additional knowledge from other STEM subjects we have links to other curriculum areas in Science, Maths, Geography and Art.

To broaden cultural capital within KS4 technology we aim to continue with our links with Tameside College and Manchester United for food and introduce  external learning opportunities to visit design oriented locations and organisations.


In KS4

Within Design & Technology we offer –

GCSE Fashion and Textiles

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Each GCSE is made up of 2 units
Unit 1 Written Paper - June of Year 11 based on the specification

50% of total marks

2 hours

100 marks
Unit 2 Design and Making Practice Controlled assessment

Year beginning of year 11

50% of total marks

Approximately 30 hours

100 marks

Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board-set tasks

As all Technology GCSEs are 50% Controlled Assessed coursework there is a great opportunity for students to gain excellent marks in their coursework, and therefore help them achieve good overall GCSE grades.

All work, with the exception of research and preparation, should be completed by students under supervision in school time. Teachers may review students' work and may provide advice at a general level. Teachers, however, must not provide detailed and specific advice on how the draft may be improved to meet the assessment criteria. Controlled assessment must be completed in lesson time under exam conditions within the time limit.

GCSE Fashion & Textiles

Course overview


  • Project based working with fabrics.
  • Time will be spent in the computer room and Design Studio.
  • Design based course where students must be independent, creative and interested in making and design.
  • 50 % Non-exam assessment (NEA) – internal coursework project where students specialise in designing and making a Fashion or Textiles product.
  • 50 % Written external exam based on core technical principles and specialist Textile knowledge.

Leads on to further study courses at college and university or working in industry.
It gives students an opportunity to identify and solve problems by designing and making products for the modern world.
It prepares students to communicate confidently and successfully, giving them a firm foundation for the world of work.
All materials are provided for a contribution of £25 per year


GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

This is a new GCSE to replace GCSE Catering and Food Technology. It includes the catering practical skills with the food science and nutrition theory from food technology.

This is the only GCSE now available for those interested in cooking.

This course offers you the chance to learn basic chef and knife skills with theoretical understanding of food science and nutrition.  

This course gives you the opportunity to develop and enhance practical skills and theoretical knowledge.

You will be expected to bring ingredients and will cook every double lesson.

This course is

50% coursework to start in year 11

50% 1hr 45min exam at end of year 11

It involves 2 written tasks for coursework –

Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment 15% of total qualification (1500-2000 words)

Assessment 2:The Food Preparation Assessment 35% of total qualification (20 hours including a 3 hour practical )This assessment will require learners to Plan, prepare, cook and present a selection of dishes, to meet particular requirements such as a dietary need, lifestyle choice or specific context.

Vocational courses on offer 

WJEC Hospitality and Catering level 2

Practical based subject for students who are interested understanding the catering and hospitality industry and food preparation in a commercial catering environment 

A subject where students must be independent, and interested in cooking and learning to cook like a chef. 


40 % Written external exam on theory information relating to the hospitality and catering industry

60% internal CA coursework task involving a Brief to Propose four nutritional dishes Plan for the production of two dishes and then cook and present the two dishes in a 3 hour practical exam

Leads on to further practical study such as college and apprenticeships in the hospitality industry

Level 2 pass equivalent to GCSE grade 4


Level 2 Vcert Technical Award in Engineering

Engineering is one of the most ‘In Demand’ employment sectors in the UK. This course offers a foundation to go into a variety of Engineering related fields. 
You will manufacture projects which incorporate mechanical and hydraulic engineering. You will learn how to use a variety of engineering tools and equipment, with a variety of materials



Design & Technology Department Exam Boards

Technology - www.aqa.org.uk

Food - www.eduqas.co.uk

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