Key Stage 4 Pathways

Design & Technology

What will I learn?

In this subject, students learn about how to design and make products from wood, metal, plastics and card. Students will learn various drawing, designing and making techniques including computer aided design and manufacture. This course would suit students who have good design skills, are able to communicate their designs and enjoy practical work.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment is based on a final examination worth 50% of the final marks. This examination covers subjects such as manufacturing methods, properties of materials, health and safety and also includes questions which involve designing. There is also a non-examined assessment element to the course which is worth 50% of the final marks. For this piece of work, you will be given a design brief on which to base your work. You will need to research the subject, produce a specification then design and make a product and evaluate it. At the end of this project you will have produced a design portfolio and a final product made of wood, metal or plastic.


What could my next steps be?

The skills learnt would benefit students looking for a career in design, manufacturing or involving practical skills. Product Design is available in our Sixth Form at A-Level, and at university at degree level.

Mr Mee (Head of Design and Technology)  -