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Technology & Design

Welcome To The Technology & Design Department

The Technology and Design Department offers one of the most important subjects in the curriculum as the subject is directly related to industry and the wealth-creating sector. The development of our economy requires our students of today to be educated with an understanding of Technology, with future workers being trained in Technical skills. The importance of this subject is borne out by the fact that the subject is compulsory for all Key Stage 3 Pupils.

The Manufacturing and Engineering and Technical Design industries require workers educated with both cerebral and manufacturing skills. This department aims to provide pupils with abilities and skills that will enable then independently to solve problems.

Technology & Design Department: Aims

We as a department aim to:

  • make technology and Design an interesting and enjoyable experience.

  • create opportunities for pupils to experience success in what they do and thus enhance their self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • develop a classroom ethos where pupils may feel secure and good relationships can flourish.develop practical personal and social skills, particularly self-discipline and the respect for property of others.

  • introduce pupils to a range of practical skills and techniques while at the same time encouraging the development of aesthetic values, mature attitudes and the ability to see a task through to completion individually or as a member of a team.

  • foster an understanding of, and an experience in creative thinking which can be expressed and developed through planning and working with various materials and components.

Technology & Design Department: Subject Overview

Key Stage 3 (Years 8 – 10)

Technology and Design is taught to all pupils in years 8, 9 and 10 three periods per fortnight.  Pupils study the theoretical aspects of the subject alongside product design and manufacturing tasks. Students engage in active and engaging lessons that develop independent learning and resilience whilst enhancing effective communication skills and the ability to work with others. Students develop technical manufacturing skills via set design and make tasks throughout each year at Key Stage 3.

Year 8
Topics studied in Year 8 include:

  • Electronics

  • Perspective drawing 

  • Graphics

  • Polymers

  • Timbers

  • Health & Safety

Year 9

Topics studied in Year 9 include:

  • Art Deco design


  • Geometric shapes, patterns and symmetry

  • Mechanisms

  • Tools and equipment skills development

Year 10

Topics studied in Year 10 include:

  • Streamlining Designs

  • Design, graphics and modelling

  • Product design and development (iterative Design)

  • Metals – properties, uses, tools and equipment.

Key Stage 4

The department offers various subjects at Key Stage 4.

GCSE Design and Technology

The course offered by CCEA is the only Technology and Design qualification that provides all candidates with a foundational core of knowledge in electronic and microelectronic control systems, mechanical and pneumatic control systems, and product design.  This specification provides a good foundation if you would like to study technology and design related subjects at a more
advanced level.


GCSE Construction and the Built Environment

You will develop an understanding of construction and the built environment, the importance of health and safety in the construction industry, and the employment opportunities in the industry. You will also develop a working knowledge of CAD, which is used throughout the construction industry.


GCSE Motor Vehicle and Road Users Studies

Studying Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies will expand your knowledge of the motor vehicle. The course covers the safe use of the road as a pedestrian, cyclist or as a future motorist.  You will gain an understanding of the motor vehicle, the responsibilities of being a road user, maintaining a vehicle and the components of cars.


Key Stage 5

Various pathways are offered at Key Stage 5:

GCE Design and Technology

This specification gives you the opportunity to get involved in the world of design. It will equip you with the skills required to take an initial idea through the process of design, utilising a range of scientific and engineering principles, with the ultimate goal of realising a practical outcome.  It promotes the concept of design allied with the application of scientific principles to realise solutions to real-life problems and everyday situations.


BTEC Level 3 Construction

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment is intended as a Tech Level qualification, equivalent in size to 2 A Levels and, as such, is designed to meet two-thirds of a full-time curriculum. It allows you to develop significant core knowledge and an extensive range of optional areas to allow more depth in areas of your choice.

Unit 1: Construction Principles (this unit has a substantial mathematical content)

  • Construction materials

  • Solving practical construction problems

  • Human comfort

Unit 2: Construction Design (Completed in Year 14)

  • The construction design process

  • Project information and building design production

  • Construction methods and techniques

Unit 4: Construction Technology (Completed in Year 14)

  • Understand common forms of low-rise construction

  • Examine foundation design and construction

  • Examine superstructure design and construction

  • Examine external works associated with construction projects

Unit 5: Health & Safety in Construction

  • Understand how health and safety legislation is applied to construction operations

  • Carry out the development of a safe system of work for construction operations

  • Understand the need for the review of safety systems for construction operations

BTEC Level 3 Engineering

This BTEC National qualification is for post-16 learners wishing to specialise in a specific industry, occupation or occupational group. The qualification gives learners specialist knowledge and technical skills, enabling entry to an Apprenticeship or other employment, or progression to related higher education courses.

Unit 1: Engineering Principles (this unit has a substantial mathematical content)

  • Algebraic and trigonometric mathematical methods

  • Static engineering systems

  • Dynamic engineering systems

  • Fluid and thermodynamic engineering systems

  • Static and direct current electricity and circuits

  • Magnetism and electromagnetic induction

  • Single-phase alternating current

Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team

  • Examine common engineering processes to create products or deliver services safely and effectively as a team.

  • Develop two-dimensional computer-aided drawings that can be used in engineering processes.

  • Carry out engineering processes safely to manufacture a product or to deliver a service effectively as a team

Unit 3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture

  • Design triggers, challenges, constraints and opportunities, and materials and processes

  • Interpreting a brief into operational requirements and analysing existing products

  • Using an iterative process to design ideas and develop a modified product proposal

  • Technical justification and validation of the design solution

Unit 10: Computer Aided Design in Engineering

  • Develop a three-dimensional computer-aided model of an engineered product that can be used as part of other engineering processes

  • Develop two-dimensional detailed computer-aided drawings of an engineered product that can be used as part of other engineering processes

  • Develop a three-dimensional computer-aided model for a thin walled product and a fabricated product that can be used as part of other engineering processes.

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