Design and Technology

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Welcome to Design & Technology. The study of Design and Technology seeks to prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors.

Constructing the Built Environment is a vocationally focused course which will provide students with practical and academic skills. It provides a foundation of knowledge about the construction industry that will help learners progress through to their further study or their journey into entering the workplace.

Designing the Built Environment provides learners with an introduction to the design sector of the construction industry. It develops learner’s drawing skills in the creation of construction plans whilst also helping them integrate their knowledge and understanding of building structures and materials into these drawings.

They will also explore the planning process of construction projects and delve into the topic of planning potential and how this is influenced by design.


Design and Technology

Core Principles:

New and Emerging Technologies
Energy Generation and Storage
Development in New Materials
Mechanical Devices
Specialist Technical Principles (in the specialism of Papers and Boards):
Selection of Materials and 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/processes
Surface treatment and finishes
Designing and Making Principles
Investigation and using Primary/Secondary data
Environmental, Social and Economic Challenges
Work of Others
Design Strategies
Communication of Design Ideas
Prototype Development
Selecting Materials/Components
Material Management
Specialist Tools and Equipment
Specialist Techniques and Processes

Constructing the Built Environment

The course consists of three units: two exams worth 25% each and one practical unit worth 50%.
In Year 10 pupils will cover all theory content for Unit 1 which covers Health & Safety and Site Security.

They will also make a start on their Unit 2 Practical work which consists of demonstrating and writing about different skills: Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing and Painting and Decorating.

In Year 11 pupils will complete their Unit 2 practical work and cover the theory for Unit 3 which looks at the Construction Industry and Construction Process.

Pupils will be entered into Unit 1 and Unit 3 in both Year 10 and Year 11 (if needed), and the highest grade for each unit will be counted.Pupils must successfully complete all of the units to be awarded the qualification.

For further details regarding the curriculum please call or email the head of department, Ms Younes.

Staff List

Ms Younes Head of Department

Key Information

Exam Board: Design & Technology GCSE- AQA, Constructing/ Designing the Built Environment- WJEC


KS3 – 2 every half term
KS4 – every other week


KS3 – termly
KS4 – after each unit

Materials used throughout the subject

KS3 – booklets
KS4 – Revision guides, past papers, booklets

How can you help your child?

Support them with their coursework (NEA) in KS4. This is an ongoing piece of work that should be worked on whenever possible.

What careers can this lead to?

Design & Technology
Sound engineer
Graphic designer
Interior designer
Industrial designer
Video game designer
Web developer
Civil engineer
Mechanical engineer
Aeronautical engineer
Product Designer
Constructing/Designing the Built Environment
Property developer
land surveying


Pupils may also like to use any of the following websites to help further their knowledge:

Design and Technology

Technology Student

Constructing the Built Environment

Designing the Built Environment