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Design & Technology


Design and Technology curriculum is currently being reviewed at Primary.

Years 7, 8 and 9

Design and Technology is a multi-faceted, vibrant subject. It is a marriage of creative, imaginative ideas and valuable practical skills. It helps students understand the man-made environment around them while incorporating and drawing on an array of knowledge from disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing, engineering and art. 

Students learn to use research, investigation and insight to solve real and relevant problems by designing and making products. Completing projects to a high standard pupils will first use basic techniques in the lower years, before going on to master more complex equipment, such as the CAD/CAM laser cutter, CNC milling machine and lathe.

Course Content

Throughout Years 7-9, each year group is rotated on a bi-termly basis, allowing them the opportunity to study Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles. Students are encouraged to develop their creative, technical and practical expertise through a variety of activities and projects, using a range of materials and processes to produce their designs. Each project has been planned so that students will build on their skills and understanding, year on year.

Design and Technology in its very nature, encourages students to exhibit our BRISTOL values. As students practical skills advance and their confidence grows, they will understand the importance of being resilient – developing their problem solving abilities and learning to work effectively as part of a team.

Years 10 & 11

Springboard is a company that support students learning and progress in catering and becoming a chef. They have launched an interactive site to offer digital lessons, videos and support and its free!!!

To guide you through here is a YouTube tutorial.






Course Title: Design and Technology: Product Design
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: GCSE

Students are encouraged to look at the products all around them in an inquisitive way. From the car that they yearn for, the latest mobile phone on the market, the hottest catwalk trend or even the knife and forks they use for their meals, every single product began life as an idea. And this is not a new phenomenon; our fascination with 3D design goes back to flint arrow heads and earthenware pots.

About the course

GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal, as is advertising, points of sale can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

How it is assessed
Unit 1: Written Paper

40% of total marks

2 hours

120 marks

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice

60% of total marks

Approximately 45 hours

90 marks

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

Course Title: Food Preparation and Nutrition
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: GCSE

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition provides students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety, as they develop their skills in our specialist food technology room. 

About the course

The GCSE specification in Food Preparation and Nutrition 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.

Students will be able to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways, and develop vital life skills so that they can feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously.

How it is assessed
Unit 1: Written Exam

1 hour 45 min 100 marks - 50%

Unit 2: Food investigation & Food preparation assessment

100 marks - 50%

Consists of a written or electronic report and portfolio of evidence.

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