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Design & Technology

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, students study Cooking & Nutrition for half of the academic year and Design & Technology for the other half of the academic year.

YearCooking and NutritionDesign & Technology
7Food Skills and Techniques:
An introduction to skills, techniques and equipment enabling students to produce dishes independently. Students develop an understanding of a balanced diet.
Introduction to Tools and Design:
An introduction to tools where students design and make a product for a specific target audience. The design process is introduced with a focus on creativity and graphic design techniques.
8Food Choices:
Students develop cooking skills and techniques within multi-cultural dishes, whilst exploring influences on food choice.
Card Engineering:
Students study Robert Sabuda’s work and collaborate on a group project utilising card engineering principles within a graphic product.
9Investigating Food:
Students investigate functions of ingredients through the preparation and cooking of a range of more challenging and complex dishes along with a food investigation.
Mechanisms and Motion:
Students investigate mechanisms and motion through a Mechanical Toy project, visually demonstrating mechanical principles and motion.

GCSE Design & Technology

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare you to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. ​ You will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. ​ You will have the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.


Assessment – written examination

SectionSubject Marks
ACore Technical Principles:- new and emerging technologies
- energy generation and storage
- developments in new materials
- systems approach to designing
- mechanical devices
- materials and their working properties
20 marks
BSpecialist Technical Principles:- selection of materials or components
- forces and stresses
- ecological and social footprint
- sources and origins
- using and working with materials
- stock forms, types and sizes
- scales of production
- specialist techniques and processes
- surface treatments and finishes
30 marks
CDesigning and Making Principles: - investigation, primary and secondary data
- environmental, social and economic challenge
- the work of others
- design strategies
- communication of design ideas
- prototype development
- selection of materials and components
- tolerances
- material management
- specialist tools and equipment
50 marks


Assessment – Non-examined assessment (NEA)

(50% of total grade)​

Substantial design and make task​

Assessment criteria: ​

  • Identifying and investigating design possibilities ​
  • Producing a design brief and specification ​
  • Generating design ideas​
  • Developing design ideas​
  • Realising design ideas ​
  • Analysing & evaluating​

Students produce a working prototype and a written design portfolio of evidence consisting of a maximum of 20 A3 pages, or digital equivalent within a strict 35 hour timeframe.​


Assessment Weightings %

Assessment Objective NoAssessment ObjectivesPaper 1NEATotal
AO1Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants01010
AO2Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose03030
AO3Analyse and evaluate​:

- design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others​
- wider issues in design and technology
AO4Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of: ​

- technical principles ​
- designing and making principles