Welcome to the Design and Technology Department

Mrs S. Hodgkinson

Head of Design and Technology

Mrs D. Ainsworth

Teacher of Design and Technology

Mr A. Farringdon

Teacher of Design and Technology

Mr J. Howard

Teacher of Design and Technology

Mr P. Whitehead

Teacher of Design and Technology

Mrs A. Gittings

Teacher of Food Technology

Design and technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, as individuals and as members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.


Purpose of Study

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

At LSA we work to ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete a programme of study that suits the Design and Technology national curriculum for key stage 3.

Students will complete the following topics;

Year 7 

Food Preparation and Nutrition – Hygiene and Safety, Nutrition, Diet and Health.

Smart Electronics – Using Microprocessors to control programmable Technology.

Materials – Design and Make a Clock

Computer Aided Design – Learning a 2d design software package to Laser cut a product.

Fashion and Textiles – Using sewing and printing techniques to create a cushion design.

Year 8

Food Preparation and Nutrition – Influences on food Choices and Food Science.

Electronics – Design and make a circuit to produce a torch product.

Materials – Manufacture a USB product using industrial processes.

Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture – Using 3d Drawing on the computer and 3d printing to produce some Architecture.

Fashion and Textiles – Printing techniques and use of the Sewing machines to complete a Bag for Life product.


Engineering – Smart Product Design and Manufacture (SPDM)

This course has been designed in response to industry needs. Engineering is a rapidly growing sector in the UK with and currently the country has very few people with the correct employable skills, meaning jobs are being lost oversees. This course has been carefully put together to ensure that learners develop practical technical knowledge, understanding and skills in designing and manufacturing products using contemporary technologies. SPDM integrates 3D printing, laser cutting, CAD/CAM and computer programming with microcontrollers.

The course consists of three units and an online exam.

Unit 1: Product Design

Design and modelling techniques plus 2D and 3D CAD. Learners apply these skills semi-independently in their own project, which is to design and develop a Smart product prototype.

Unit 2: Product Manufacture

The use of 3D printing and other Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) tools to produce prototypes rapidly. The unit also shows learners how to embed physical components into a design so that they can prototype an integrated Smart product.

Unit 3: Smart Electronics

Microcontrollers, digital and analogue inputs, outputs, and sensors. Students learn how to design and program a simple Smart system with an input and an output which they can integrate within a Smart product.

Once all units have been completed then the examination can be taken.

Curriculum and Assessment Schedule

Design and Technology (Textiles)


The course takes a broader view of modern technologies as well as focussing on the Textiles and Fashion Industries, including career opportunities. Theory, Iterative Design and Development through prototyping and manufacture make up the GCSE.


The course is made up of one Non-Exam Assessed unit worth 50% and an Examination worth 50%.

Unit 1 2 hour Exam 100 marks. A mixture of multiple choice, short and extended questions on core knowledge and Textiles technical, designing and making principles.

Unit 2 NEA 100 marks. A substantial design and make project starting in June of year 10. AQA supply the design contexts. Design and development play an important role.

Food, Nutrition and Preparation



GCSE Food, Nutrition and Preparation will allow you to develop a wide range of practical skills that will be of value to you later in life. These skills included practical food preparation techniques to a high level. You will be taught in a variety of ways, including research and practical based activities such as sensory analysis and producing finished dishes and products.


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


The assessment consists of a 1 hour and 45 minute exam worth 50% of the grade. There are also two pieces of controlled assessment to be completed in Year 11: Food investigation and Food preparation assessment.




The focus of the learning will be through electronic and mechanical systems. You will be learning about designing and manufacturing through the use of sketching, 2D, 3D, circuit simulation, CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) such as 3D printing, laser cutting and Printed Circuit Board manufacture.


  • Understanding how to design to meet the needs of users
  • Learning about both traditional and ‘Smart Materials’
  • How products work
  • Prototyping and mass production
  • Environmental, sustainability, social and ethical considerations


Final Exam, 50 %.

Design and make a prototype of a product, 50%.

Curriculum and Assessment Schedule


Please note the curriculum section of our website is under review and the information below may be subject to change. 

Design and Technology Curriculum


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