Design and Technology

Subject: Design and Technology
Head of Department: Mr D Ainley

Pupils undertaking GCSE examinations 2019 and onwards


Component 1:

Design and Technology in the 21st Century

Written examination: 2 hours

50% of qualification

A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates’ knowledge and understanding of:

  • technical principles
  • designing and making principles along with their ability to
  • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.

Component 2: Design and make task Non-exam assessment:

50% of qualification

A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual  challenge set by WJEC, assessing candidates’ ability to:

  • identify, investigate and outline design possibilities
  • design and make prototypes
  • analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology

Cooking and Nutrition

At KS3, the students will discover the joy of cooking and producing good food from basic ingredients. Students learn about the health and safety of a kitchen environment. Cross curricular links with science is delivered throughout the food technology curriculum, learning about different bacteria, allergens and chemical reactions. Along with the mathematics behind measurements, percentages and ratios, which also play a key part when in the food classroom. Ensuring that by the end of year 7, students are able to produce a three course meal and are inspired to be creative with food, eat well plates are provided in all student planners for them to reference too when needed at school or home. We believe all students should have the life skill for being able to produce, prepare and cook food in order to support their development into adult life. A greater focus on fresh produce and how this can support our environment, reducing plastic consumption and ensuring waste products are at their minimum.

Culture is widely explored in food technology due to the wide variety of foods on offer in our country. Experimenting with different favours and cultural dishes provides students with opportunities and confidence in the kitchen. This also exposes our students to the wide range of exciting religions and ethical beliefs.

Students can access further study at KS4 through the curriculum at Beacon hill school.