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

In KS4

Within Design & Technology we offer –

GCSE Design and Technology

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 Design and Technology

In this new GCSE students will need a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding that consists of looking at all the different materials involved in D&T including Papers and boards, Timber, Metals and alloys, Polymers, Textiles, Composites and understanding.

  • New and emerging technologies
  • Energy storage and generation
  • Modern and smart materials
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Mechanical devices
  • Materials and their working properties.

All of this section must be taught and all will be assessed in the written exam

This new GCSE cover all the theory specification before students carryout a substantial design and make task

Assessment criteria:

  • Investigating
  • Designing
  • Making
  • Analysing and Evaluating

Students will choice which material they would like to work with (wood, plastic, textiles) and produce a working prototype and a portfolio of evidence.

30 hours (max 40 pages)

Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

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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