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Design and Technology (KS4)

In studying Design and Technology pupils learn about designing solutions to improve people’s lives, they are able to make better decisions and understand more about the impact of products on the environment around them.

The paper consists of two sections.

Section A is assessed on the core content including knowledge and application of polymers, metals, textiles, papers and boards, electrical and mechanical components. Pupils are also expected to critically analyse products and the work of designers and companies such as Tesla, Alessi and Zaha Hadid.

Section B is assessed on the specialist material category we have chosen. In this caltsse it will be Timbers. Pupils are expected to understand the working characteristics, advantages and disadvantages and uses of a range of hardwoods, softwoods and manmade boards. They should be able to apply this knowledge to design products and solve problems.

Pupils will undertake a design and make project based on a contextual challenge released by the exam board in the June of year 10. Pupils will be expected to work independently and iteratively to investigate, design, make and evaluate a prototype of a product primarily made from timber but possibly including other materials and components as appropriate.

The task will be internally assessed and externally moderated.


Here are some websites that students may find useful to the qualification.



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Department Members

Mr R Gibson – Head of Design Technology

Mrs S Morris – Creative Arts Technician

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