Curriculum Intent

Our aim in the Design & Technology department is to ensure that every student reaches their full potential to manufacture products with confidence and accuracy. We endeavour to create learners who are well motivated and enjoy learning the subject; they develop a competent set of practical skills along with analytical design thinking that will encourage creative thinking in everyday life.

We endeavour to achieve our aims with good classroom teaching with the emphasis on empowering our students to become enquiring and creative learners who can think and solve problems.  We are building up interactive lessons that are stimulating and challenging.

In Design and Technology at Parklands, we strive to build learners who are confident and have high academic aspirations.  This will be achieved through providing students with personalised challenge and creating an environment where everybody is able to experience success.  We will ensure pupils are aware of their physical safety by understanding and adhering to rules on safe working practices and by following the Schools code of conduct. With this pupils will be able to develop a competent set of practical skills and learn to become creative thinkers through a series of design challenges.  Pupils will be expected to solve design problems by drawing on their understanding of manufacturing processes and the properties of materials. Pupils will also learn to recognise the potential impact which design decisions can have on both the environment and society.


Programmes of Study

Programmes of Study



High standards are expected from pupils at all times in terms of both work and behaviour for learning. Pupils are expected to work autonomously, independently and most importantly as a team.  Teaching will aim to be innovative and will use a variety of teaching methods in order to suit all learning styles in the classroom.

Pupils are expected to maintain high quality written work in Design & Technology and will be expected to present work well with accurate spelling, punctuation, grammar (SPaG) and use of capital letters. Pupils are expected to correct any SPaG errors during dedicated improvement time.

Outside of the classroom pupils are expected to complete homework at the request of the teacher. All homework is available for pupils, parents and staff to access via Google Classroom. Failure to complete homework will result in pupils being given a first warning, followed by subsequent detentions if pupils fail to submit further pieces of work.


Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.


KS4 content summary

Qualification: GCSE Design and Technology

Exam Board: AQA

Unit 1 will consist of a written exam which will contribute 50% of the GCSE. This will be a written paper lasting 2 hours.

Unit 2 will be a Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) which will contribute to 50% of their award.  The theme of the NEA will be determined by the contextual challenge set by the exam board. Candidates will work through an iterative design process to design, manufacture and test a product to satisfy the needs of an appropriate client.


Exams taken.

Design and Technology

Qualification Type: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Link to Specification:

Pupils will complete two units in Design & Technology.

Unit 1 is the only exam pupils will complete in Design and Technology.  The exam is worth 50% of the overall grade and is 2 hours long.

The exam assesses the pupils understanding of the designing and making principles and the core and specialist technical principles.  The outcome of this exam will contribute to 50% of the overall grade.


Revision Guides 

GCP Design and Technology

ISBN 9781782947523

Staff list

Mr M McAvoy - Design and Technology Curriculum Leader

Mrs C Sawyer - Design and Technology Teacher

Mr P Collins - Design and Technology Technician


Extra-curricular activities

  • KS3 STEM Club

  • Design and Technology enterprise Club

  • Fashion Club

  • KS4 Revision Classes


Careers leading on from Design Technology


How parents can support their children

  • Try to provide a quiet, well-lit place for your child to study, away from TV, video games, telephones

  • Be aware of online resources that can help your child with learning – BBC Bitesize, GCSE Pod, Design Museum, and realsmart

  • If we have contacted home to offer extra support or revision sessions for your child, please support us and encourage them to attend the activities

  • Ensure your son/ daughter has the correct equipment.