Key Stage 4

The Design Technology students in year 9, complete the Sliver Award, in the Arts Award qualifications. This Award allows students to explore all accepts of Design and Research the world of design around them.  Students carry out research and design tasks in all areas of design and technology such as Food, Textiles, Product Design and Engineering. Their completed portfolios are then showcased in the end of year exhibition of success.

The teaching of Design and Technology at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) covers four main subjects: WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering (Syllabus Number 601/7703/2), 

WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering (Syllabus Number 600/8645/2), OCR Art and Design/Textiles (Syllabus Number J164) and Edexel GCSE Design Technology (Syllabus Number 1DT0).

Students will use all the skills they have gained during Key Stage 3 to produce a theory portfolio and practical piece. They are encouraged to design products for the real world and explore how products are made in industry whether it be in an industrial kitchen or the world of auto manufacturing. Their research and development tasks are backed up by educational visits to the Clothes Show Live, Birmingham and FESTO Research, Northampton, BBC good food show, Birmingham and lestercast LTD, Leicester giving students first-hand experience of the real world of Design and Technology.

We believe that the Design and Technology Department enables students to become equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the rapidly changing world of Design and Technology in the future.