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Art and Technology Curriculum

Art and Design

KS3 (content to follow)

KS4 ART & DESIGN (General) and ART (Textiles)

These two courses are successfully taught through to GCSE level by building onto and extending the range of experiences touched upon in lower school as well as introducing and developing new skills. During Year 10 students follow a broader course, using a variety of both media and approaches to learning including the use of ICT. By the start of Year 11 students will be able to pursue increasingly personal areas of interest and specialise in the ways of working and media they feel most confident with.

These courses are examined through an exhibition of work at the end of Year 11. This both have 2 major projects (60%) and an externally set task produced from January to April of the final year (40%).

At the beginning of January students are given a GCSE paper that provides 7 starting points for pieces of work. After preparing for around 8 school weeks they have a total of 10 hours in which to complete their work – which is then exhibited alongside all coursework at the start of June.

Food and Nutrition


Pupils will study 2 years of Design Technology and 1 year of Food and Nutrition during Years 7 to 9.

Food Technology at KS3 is an exciting, relevant and innovative subject. Pupils have the opportunity to plan, design and make various food products. They will learn the fundamentals about good nutrition and how to lead a healthy lifestyle both now and in the future.  The subject covers topics such as healthy eating, world foods, specialist diets, food science and pupils regularly produce healthy dishes covering a wide variety of food preparation skills. Pupils can adapt their own recipes and there are competitions throughout the year, including the prospect to supply their own product to a real restaurant!


The Food preparation and Nutrition course will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and encouragement they need to cook. It will give them the ability to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The course also offers an excellent basis to continue studying Food in the sixth form, where students utilise the professional kitchen to provide expertly cooked and beautifully presented dishes to Brasserie Monique, the on-site restaurant. It will also promote a life-long love of cooking and open doorways in the Food industry as a possible career pathway.


The GCSE course will be assessed through 50% examination and 50% coursework.

Design and Technology (KS3)

Pupils will study 2 years of Design Technology and 1 year of Food and Nutrition during years 7 to 9.

Each year the pupils will study 3 small projects, a mix of Product Design, Graphics, Electronics and Textiles. This gives pupils the opportunity to work with a range of media and learn how to design using different influences. Pupils will gain a variety of skills such as performing analysis, designing, making, evaluating and testing. All these skills are transferable across the curriculum. 

By the end of KS3 pupils will have a thorough understanding of the different areas of Design Technology.

Current Projects for KS3 DT:

Year One:

  • Product Design – Memphis Design Movement Clock
  • Electronics – Moodlight
  • Product Design – Nature Picture Frame

Year Two:

  • Textiles – Christmas Decoration
  • Graphics – Pop-up book
  •  Electronics – Programming

Design and Technology - Product Design


So why do we need Product Designers? We live in a world driven by the desire to purchase or own the latest consumer goods and products that impact massively on society. This is mostly due to a perfect match between the product and the way it is designed, packaged and sold. The design process is the transformation of ideas into products that satisfy the needs, or wants of consumers. This is the principal behind the product design course.

All students will be required to design and make marketable products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will research, investigate, develop and communicate ideas using appropriate graphical means. They are challenged by the range of practical activities and encouraged to evaluate and problem solve as designs develop. Students develop an awareness of the need to consider the sustainability, social and environmental impact of their designing. They work independently to undertake innovative work and make effective use of CAD (computer aided design) CAM (computer aided manufacture) facilities. They also develop a wide range of industrial, hand and machine techniques.

AQA Assessment structure:

  • Written Examination: 40%
  • Controlled Assessment: 60%

Assessment takes the form of a coursework project (design folder plus practical products of a working or non-working prototype), together with a written examination paper of which 25% of the questions relate to the brief set in Feb by AQA.

Design and Technology - Electronic Products


DT Electronic Products is a practical, problem solving activity in which pupils design and make products, which can be tested to see how well they perform.  Students are encouraged to make decisions, to communicate ideas using suitable graphical means, and to apply scientific, mathematical, aesthetic and economic principles to their designing and making activities.  ICT forms an integral part of the course. 

It is reccommended that you should be in at least set three for Maths and Science. Students with who achieve well in Mathematics and Science tend to flair in the theory side of Electronic Products.

Electronics Products is suited to technically minded students with an interest in design and independent problem solving. Electronic Products is fundamentally a practical based subject however there is a strong core of electrical theory which is essential for a student to understand in order to achieve well in Electronic Products.

In Year 10 students will mostly focus on component knowledge, sub systems and the ‘building blocks’ of electronic systems. They will complete a number of small assignments with complimentary practical activities to support and enhance the pupil’s understanding of the theory.

Students will encounter a wide range of industrial techniques including prototyping, breadboarding, circuit design, computer aided design (CAD) of printed circuit boards (PCBs), computer simulation, vacuum forming plastic sheet materials and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). 

This will prepare students for their controlled assessment which is started in Year 10 and completed during in Year 11. Students will demonstrate their understanding of electronic circuits to independently design their own working product.  The pupils will produce a design portfolio which will document the pupil’s design choices and process. Throughout the course students are encouraged to produce work combining a high level of designing and making skills.

AQA Assessment structure:

  • Written Examination: 40%
  • Controlled Assessment: 60%

The controlled assessment marking is biased towards the circuit design and construction with the remaining marks available for the casing/housing of the product. With this in mind, design is a core concept in Electronic Products not only in circuit design but the aim to produce a working product which will meet the pupil derived brief & design specification. 

Design and Technology - Textiles

Textiles is a creative and exciting subject aimed at pupils who enjoy designing and making unique pieces of textile work. The course encourages pupils to consider technological advances in textiles as well as building on traditional and industrial skills.

This involves:

  • learning about fibres, fabrics and components
  • understanding of  how designers get inspiration for design ideas
  • investigating methods to colour, decorate, and stitch textile products
  • design and develop ideas from design briefs to suit intended users
  • how to effective use  a sewing machine to make quality functional products
  • understanding of lay planning and product construction techniques
  • testing, developing and evaluating ideas
  • how to cost a product and communicate information through specifications
  • being aware of how textiles products are manufactured in global industry understanding how ICT & CAD is used in designing and manufacturing

Many lessons involve practical work, to explore exciting new textile techniques and smart materials, working with dye, fibres, threads, yarns, fabrics and components. Some lessons will focus on learning about textile materials and components through hands-on exercises such as product analysis. Pupils will learn to be critical and reasoned in making decisions. They will expand their communication skills and will work independently and as part of a team.

Assessment for Textile Technology:

  • Controlled assessment – 60% (coursework – Design and make project)
  • Examination – 40% (25% of the questions relate to the brief set in Feb by AQA)

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