Design Technology

Design Technology

Purpose of Study

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. To do this effectively, they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

CJP 9812

About the Department

There are three full time technology teachers in the team who work across five specialised technology rooms (two workshops, one restaurant kitchen standard food practical room and two IT rooms). Key Stage 3 lessons are taught over two periods and week and Key Stage 4 over four. Resistant Materials, Food and Graphics are taught to Year 7 and 8 in a rolling programme throughout their time in school. Specialist courses in Graphic Design, Hospitality & Catering and Design & Technology are option choices in Key Stage 4.


Essential Mix is the key knowledge and skills that a Year 7 or 8 student must have mastered to progress to the following year.

Click on the link below to view the technology Year 7 Essential Mix:



Click on the link below to view the technology Year 8 Essential Mix:




These are the courses run by technology for Years 9, 10 and 11. The links take you to the specifications of those courses.

Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design (NCFE)

GCSE Design and Technology (AQA)

Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering  (Eduqas)