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Key Stage 3 – DT: Design & Technology


In Design & Technology we cover a range of projects that will equip learners with both new skills and knowledge by considering the design process. This involves producing product specifications, research methods, planning, making skills and evaluating products. Students are trained in the use of both hand tools and machinery including modern day equipment such as the Laser Cutter. Projects include making a Tangram puzzle, mobile phone stand, model boat and a storage solution. The subject teaches important life skills as well as providing options for Key Stage 4 and further career choices. The subject also helps build and strengthen a student’s numeracy and literacy through all projects by linking closely to other curriculum areas.

Key Stage 4 – DT:  Design & Technology


The Key Stage 4 curriculum includes GCSE Design & Technology where students will create solutions to a wide range of initial briefs such as household devices, furniture, toys and lighting. Future careers could include design, engineering, construction, carpentry and many others related to these areas.

Subject Exam Board Syllabus Number Practical Coursework (NEA) Written Exam
GCSE Design & Technology Eduqas 603/1121/6 50% 50%


Is this the right subject for me?

If you like to design and make new products that interest you –
If you have flair and imagination –
If you like to be creative and innovative –
If you like to use your own sketches, drawings, handle data and learn new computer skills –
If you enjoy making things and fixing them when things go wrong –
If you want to learn more about the world in which we live and how things work in it –
If you are concerned about the planet and saving it for the future –

Then D&T Design & Technology could be for you.


What will I learn?

D&T should encourage you to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will prepare you to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
• Actively engage in the processes of Design and Technology to develop as effective and independent learners
• Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products
• Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
• Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on our quality of life
• Develop decision making skills through individual and collaborative working
• Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies and that products have an impact on lifestyle
• Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.


How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 Coursework (NEA) – A project with a design folder/portfolio and made product         50%

You will be assessed on your ability to:
· Demonstrate cultural understanding
· Demonstrate creativity
· Develop designing skills
· Demonstrate good making skills
· Demonstrate critical evaluation skills

Unit 2 –Technical aspects of D & T (a written paper set by the examination board) 50%

You will develop knowledge and understanding of sustainability, environmental concerns, cultural, moral and social issues. You will look at how design & technology has evolved, looking at products from the past to the present time. This unit also focuses on the knowledge, skills and understanding underpinning the design and manufacture of made products.


What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Study A level or BTEC in: Carpentry & joinery, construction, engineering and product design to name just a few.
Careers include: Engineering, industrial design, carpentry and construction


For more information:

If you want to find out more about these Design & Technology courses then you can talk to Mr Hicks who will be able to describe the course in detail and advise you of what you need to do next when it comes to your options.

If you want to find out more on what this subject can enable you to do, don’t forget Mrs Williams is available for career advice.