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Art, Design and Technology Faculty

Head of Faculty – Mr A Topliss (

Welcome to the Design Technology faculty.

Design Technology (DT) prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Through design technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators. Our facilities include: a systems room; two food rooms; resistant materials workshop; engineering workshop with forge facilities; dedicated CAD suite and a fully equipped graphic studio. DT is popular at the National Academy. All students take the subject throughout Key Stage 3 and most opt to take GCSE Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food, Textiles or OCR Cambridge National in Engineering at Key Stage 4


At Key Stage 3 all pupils experience two lessons a week. These will be a mixture of practical and written assignments.

In year 7 pupils visit all 5 types of Technology in one year, visiting each for a few weeks:

  • Food Technology
  • Graphic Products
  • Resistant Materials
  • Electronic Products
  • Textiles Technology

In years 8 and 9 pupils revisit each area, including Engineering, for further study and to help them make an informed decision when it comes to options at the end of year 9.


At Key Stage 4 pupils may choose a range of vocational courses and academic GCSEs specialising in one area of technology. GCSE Design & Technology and OCR Cambridge Nationals include assessment by written examination and coursework. (,

  • OCR Cambridge National Level 2 Engineering (Manufacturing)
  • GCSE Food
  • GCSE Graphics
  • GCSE Resistant materials
  • GCSE Textiles



GCE Design Technology Product Design There are four units in the GCE:

Unit 1 (60% of AS/30% of A2): Portfolio of Creative Skills. Students develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

Unit 2 (40% of AS/20% of A2): In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, components and processes used in the design and production of their chosen area. They must also learn the fundamental principles underpinning their subject and the various techniques involved.

Unit 3 (40% of A2/20% of GCE): In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of topics related to their chosen area. Students should have a comprehensive knowledge of the main commodities, their composition, processing and other related matters. A sound knowledge of related contemporary lifestyle issues and new product development is particularly important. Similarly, how consumer behaviour, demographics, modern lifestyles and sustainable issues have an influence on new product development as do new technologies and materials.

Unit 4 (60% of A2/30% of GCE): In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed to design and make a product(s) of their choice. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional might deal with a design problem and its resolution. A key feature of this unit is that students consider issues related to sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment.


Engineering KS5

BTEC Level 3 National Engineering This qualification is vocational, or work-related. This does not mean that it will give a student all the skills they need to do a job, but it does mean that they will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to their future career.

Who should study this course?

This course is designed for students who would like a Level 3 qualification in Engineering, which gives direct entry to university or a job in the Engineering industry. Students who want to study Engineering need to have at least 5 GCSEs grade A*-C, including Maths, Science and English or BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering (Merit).

The Units

Year 12 BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Engineering Units:

  1. Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  2. Engineering Drawing
  3. Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits

Year 13 BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Units:

  1. Applications of Mechanical Systems
  2. Electrical and Electronic Principles

Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials