Design and Technology

For Year 11 GCSE Resources CLICK HERE

For Key Stage 3 Resources CLICK HERE

Curriculum overview

Design and Technology encourages students to become independent and creative thinkers through using a variety of materials.

Design and Technology is a subject that students enjoy and can relate to modern everyday life.

Students will learn skills in Food, Textiles and Product Design.

Students must study at least one aspect of Design and Technology at KS3.

At KS4 students can select one of the Design and Technology subjects to study for GCSE.

We also offer AS Level and A Level Textiles and Product Design.

Design and Technology is a multi-billion pound business and provides the country with many jobs.

Students who study Design and Technology can go on to become Architects, Engineers, Product Designers, Industrial Designers, Fashion Designers, Automotive Designers, Chefs, Graphic Designers and Computer Games Designers to name but a few.


Students will learn skills that they can transfer to everyday life.  Design and Technology is a subject that can be studied at University and the courses we offer at St Mary’s provide students with a good foundation for further study.

Studenst will learn to analyse existing products and develop ideas of their own.

Students will develop designing skills adn become independent creative learners.

This subject offers students the opportunity to look outside of school and develop their own tastes and opinions.

Design and Technology teaches students to become informed consumers and take responsibility for the environment.

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 – Topics Taught

Product Design – Animal Snappers

Food: TBC

Year 8 – Topics Taught

Product Design - Windchimes

Food: TBC

Textiles: TBC

Year 9 – Topics Taught

Product design – Birdhouses and/or decorative box

Food – Baking skills and decorative cakes

Textiles -

Method of Assessment at Key Stage 3:

Assessments are based on folder work and practical tasks


Key Stage 3 Resources

Literacy & Numeracy in Product Design  CLICK HERE

Literacy & Numeracy Matrices CLICK HERE NEW

Numeracy in D&T CLICK HERE NEW

Product Design Glossary  CLICK HERE

Product Design Assessment Descriptors  CLICK HERE

Product Design Key Words & Descriptors CLICK HERE NEW

Tools, Equipment and H&S Worksheet CLICK HERE NEW

Health & Safety Revision Sheet CLICK HERE NEW

Manufacturing & CADCAM Revision Sheet CLICK HERE NEW

Modelling & CAD Development Revision Sheet CLICK HERE NEW

Quality Control & Assurance Recision Sheet CLICK HERE NEW


Key Stage 4 – Product Design:

Year 10 – Topics Taught

3 projects;

  1. Stool or Tool Box
  2. Maze or Charity Box
  3. Amplifier and box

Start of controlled Assessment


Year 11 – Topics Taught;

Controlled Assessment


Exam Theme preparation.

Key Stage 4 – Food Technology:


Key Stage 4 – Child Development:


Method of Assessment at KS4 (include Exam boards and weightings)

All Designand Technology subjects are AQA and currently 60% controlled Assessment and 40% Exam

How to support your childs’ learning at home

Useful websites

Year 11 Examination Preparation

Key Documents

GCSE Product Design Subject Specification - Current  CLICK HERE

GCSE Product Design Subject Specification - From Sept 2017  CLICK HERE

Product Design Assessment Descriptors  CLICK HERE

Product Design Glossary  CLICK HERE

Product Design Command Words  CLICK HERE

AQA Product Design Text Books  CLICK HERE


Past Papers

Product Design
Question Paper Mark Scheme








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