Design Technology at St Peter’s is an exciting, creative subject that hopes to inspire young designers to explore the world around them and the careers it can lead to while building a wide range of key skills for life.​ ​ We aim to provide all pupils with a rich and varied Technology experience that engages and challenges them.​ Pupils learn to work independently and innovatively to investigate, design, manufacture and evaluate around contextual challenges/design briefs.​


The faculty has dedicated workshops for each of the five areas of D & T and, in addition, a 22-station ICT suite and access to 20 laptop computers. There are five full-time members of staff and a part-time technician.

At Key Stage Three, pupils study five areas of Technology: Electronics, Food and Nutrition, Graphics, Engineering/Resistant Materials and Textiles. They spend around seven weeks in each area in years 7, 8 and 9, enabling pupils to participate in all aspects of technology, extending their knowledge and developing new skills in preparation for Key Stage 4 courses.

 Pupils will:

  • Develop an understanding and the need for health and safety in the workshop.
  • Learn to listen to and follow instructions as they develop and manufacture practical projects.
  • Learn the need to mark and measure accurately and work to a high standard of accuracy.
  • Gain an appreciation and develop skills in using CAD/CAM in designing and manufacturing.
  • Learn about different materials, their properties and how to cut and join shapes.
  • Develop and improve practical skills using a variety of tools and equipment.

At Key Stage 4, the subject becomes optional, and the pupils can choose to work in the areas listed below. Please note some combinations of subjects are prohibited, and this is explained at the time of options.

  • GCSE Design and Technology
  • GCSE Design and Technology with a focus on Textiles
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition.
  • WJEC EDUQAS: Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Construction and the Built Environment
  • EDUQAS: Level 1 / 2 Vocational Award in Engineering (Technical Award)
  • Cambridge National Award in Child Development

Miss F Shiel

Head of Department

Mr S Cunliffe

2nd in Department

Mrs A Smith

Mr K Stead

GCSE Design Technology GCSE Design Technology - Textiles Focus GCSE Food & Nutrition
WJEC EDUQAS Construction & the Built Environment Cambridge National award in Child Development EDUQAS: Level 1 / 2 Vocational Award in Engineering (Technical Award)


GCSE Design Technology

Key Stage 4 pupils can opt to study the new GCSE Design & Technology. The subject content covers three key areas:

  1. Core technical principles - to extend the pupils' knowledge and understanding of the subject and gain a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding. This will help to make informed decisions when designing.
  2. Specialist technical principles – pupils should develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialist technical principles including: selecting materials and components – forces and stresses – ecological and social footprint – sources and origins - selection of materials or components - using and working with materials - stock forms, types and sizes - scales of production - specialist techniques and processes - surface treatments and finishes.
  3. Designing and Making Principles - Students should know and understand that all design and technology activities take place within a wide range of contexts. They should also understand how the prototypes they develop must satisfy wants or needs and be fit for their intended use. For example, the home, school, work or leisure. They will need to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making principles in the completion of a design and making a piece of coursework.

In Year 11 the pupils complete a None Examined Assessment which consists of building a design portfolio and manufacturing a practical product following the requirements of a design brief set by AQA( Awarding Body) These two elements combine to make up 50% of the students' final grade.

Pupils also sit an end-of-year examination for 50% of the final grade.

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GCSE Design Technology- Textiles Focus

Written Examination- 50% of the final grade

Non-Examined Assessment- 50% of the final grade

The GCSE Design and Technology-Textiles course covers three areas-

Core Technical Principles-

All pupils study the core principles gaining knowledge and understanding that allow them to make effective design choices.

Specialist Technical Principles-

Pupils study technical principles, again, to help make effective design choices. This work is covered in the specialist area of Textiles.

This area will cover topics including-

Fibres and Fabrics, Fabrics and their properties, Joining and shaping fabrics, Dyeing and Printing. Pupils will learn and develop a range of practical skills enabling them to make a range of textile products.

Designing and Making Principles-

This work is undertaken in year 11 of the course and is a "design and make" project. This is the coursework element of the subject worth 50% of the GCSE grade.

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GCSE Food & Nutrition

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance.

Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full-time career in the catering or food industries.

In Year 11 the pupils complete two None Examined Assessments. This includes undertaking a practical investigation into the working characteristics of food materials and a portfolio demonstrating students’ ability to plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes about a given topic. Pupils will also sit an end-of-year examination worth 50% of the final grade.

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WJEC EDUQAS Construction & the Built Environment

Would you love the opportunity to transform the world around you?

  • Are you looking to learn about new technologies, materials and processes that are involved in construction projects?
  • Do you want to develop a good foundation for a successful career in construction?
  • Problem-solving, for example, when planning and working to complete different construction scenarios.
  • Overcoming issues of quality and being able to rectify construction and engineering problems that are already in situ.
  • Carrying out engineering and construction practical tasks.
  • Understanding the many different areas and careers within construction and construction engineering.
  • Revising and studying course and unit content to successfully pass the two externally set examinations.

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Cambridge National award in Child Development

Child development traditionally falls within the Technology Faculty. All pupils will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks and care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Pupils sit an end-of-year examination worth 50% of the final grade.  Across years 10 and 11 the pupils also complete a variety of none examined assessment pieces. Pupils will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing the appropriate equipment for a nursery. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be allowed to undertake practical work and evaluate dietary choices. Pupils also undertake a child study where they gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five.

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EDUQAS: Level 1 / 2 Vocational Award in Engineering (Technical Award)

Do you ever look around your home and think of handy products that could improve people’s lives or get inspired by the amazing feats of engineering all around you?
Are you creative, and want to start building the skills you need for a successful career in the industry? 

The course for Engineering is set up to prepare pupils for the world of further study at college and university in areas of engineering, along with giving those who wish to follow an apprenticeship route the opportunity to study different areas of the industry before deciding on their specialism.

The course aims to use real-life situations to manufacture a range of products from different materials, safely produce one-off products, and use CNC to produce in quantity.

To study this course pupils must enjoy:

  • Problem-solving within different engineering scenarios.
  • Solving problems by exploring different engineering manufacturing processes, tools and equipment.
  • Planning a sequence of the process. This will involve managing your time independently and identifying the resources you will need, as well as reviewing your plans if necessary.
  • Overcoming issues of quality and being able to rectify engineering problems that are already in situ.
  • Carrying out engineering and practical tasks.
  • Revising and studying course and unit content to successfully pass the one externally set examination.
  • Carrying out mathematical calculations and scientific experiments to solve problems.
  • Working with different materials to design and manufacture a range of different products. 

If you have answered yes to the questions above, Engineering is a possible option choice for you.

What will I study?

This qualification is made up of 3 units:

Unit 1: Manufacturing engineering products

  • Have the opportunity to interpret different types of engineering information to plan how to manufacture engineering products.
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and skills in using a range of engineering tools and equipment to manufacture and test a final product.

Unit 2: Designing engineering products

  • Explore how an engineered product is adapted and improved over time. It offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding to adapt an existing component, element or part of the product that you will have manufactured for Unit 1.

Unit 3: Solving engineering problems

  • Introduced to a range of considerations that impact engineering design and how modern engineering has had an impact on modern-day life at home, work and in society in general.

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Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.


Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.


Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.


Electronic Fan

Astable Project

Flashing sign

Microprocessor Project

Shaky Hand Game


Introduction to tools, equipment and machinery. Manufacturing multiple products cumulating in the manufacture of a small storage solution. This we feel gives pupils an opportunity to use a range of tools, machinery and materials to build their confidence and skills

Traditional woodworking project manufacturing for the RSPB. Learners will develop theoretical elements of Design and Technology whilst undertaking this module.

Independent desk top lighting design and make assignment.

Engineering based project. Learners will use Engineered drawings to manufacture an adjustable desk light using hand tools and machinery.

Pupils are also asked to draw upon previous knowledge of CAD/CAM in order to draw and manufacture plastic components of the light.

The light itself is made from metals and plastics.


Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health whilst becoming more competent in a range of cooking techniques.

Develop cooking skills using a variety of equipment and cooking methods to make more complex dishes. Pupils will gain an awareness of macro and micro nutrients and their importance to the body.

Continue to develop cooking skills using fewer standard components. Pupils will learn to produce dishes at an affordable cost and read packaging labels to make informed choices to develop a healthy diet.


Introduction to technical drawing techniques and Graphic Design software.

Pupils will undertake tasks to use Computer Aided Design and Computer aided Manufacture to produce bespoke products.

Pupils will build on the skills they covered in Year 7 to develop a CAD designed bespoke mobile phone stand that incorporates personalised elements of their choice.

Designing and manufacturing a bespoke product and packaging using Photoshop and 2D Design

Independent designing a bespoke designed cup and packaging to an industrial standard.


Introduction to tools, equipment and machinery. Manufacturing an apron to wear throughout the pupil’s time in Technology whilst at St Peter’s High School.

Designing and manufacturing a patchwork cushion using a range of different textiles techniques.

Project based on sustainability in textiles. Pupils design and manufacture a wearable product from a range of recycled materials.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps


Design and Technology: Materials


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Project 1 – Revisiting 2D Design and Google Sketch Up to improve and extend skills from KS3.

Manufacture of Project 1.


Laser cutting



Design portfolio building and Design and technology theory content.

Isometric drawing and model making

Mock exam preparation.

Continuation of skills building in preparation for NEA.

Introduction to this year’s Design and Make assignment for NEA.



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 11

Research element of NEA

Mock exam preparation.


Development section NEA

Manufacturing element of NEA

Completion of NEA and evaluation.

GCSE Revision.


WJCE EDUQAS: Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Construction and the Built Environment


Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Unit 3

Constructing the Built Environment

Unit 1 Construction Technology

Introduction to the Built Environment



Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Unit 3 (Assessment)

Constructing the Built Environment 

Unit 1 Assessment Preparation for the External Exam



Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Unit 3

Constructing the Built Environment: Assignment Marking

Unit 1 Assessment External Exam


EDUQAS: Level 1 / 2 Vocational Award in Engineering (Technical Award)

  Autumn 1 & 2 Spring 1 & 2 Summer 1 & 2

Year 10

Unit 1: Manufacturing Engineering Products

Unit 1: 


Engineering Products

Unit 2: Designing engineering products

Year 11

Unit 2: Designing engineering products

Unit 3: Solving engineering problems 

Unit 3: Solving engineering problems

Design skills and the ability to visualise new ideas can be useful in many job families such as marketing, sales and advertising, arts, crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing to name but a few.

CAREERS WITH CONSTRUCTING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT? The construction industry offers a wide range of exciting opportunities, from tradesperson to leading large scale construction projects, and from an architect to renovator of our historic built environment.

You can progress onto a Design, Engineering, Technical or Construction course at Sixth Form College, and Apprenticeship or Technical College. The course is a basis for an introduction to one of the biggest employers and industries in the country. The course is a well-recognised and highly sought-after qualification which can be the passport into further education along with many professions and areas of employment.

Updated: Feb 2023