Principal - Toby Eastaugh
Principal - Toby Eastaugh


Design & Technology

Curriculum aim

Design and Technology (D&T) is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world. We give students the confidence and the technical ability to design and make their ideas. We encourage individuality and creativity and make students question their ideas and designs to regularly look at how their work can be improved and how their designs can be made to work more effectively.

Key stage 3 Curriculum overview

At KS3 all students have the opportunity to explore the disciplines in all areas in D&T. We take a varied approach that introduces students to the properties of different materials covering textiles, plastics and timber whilst incorporating electronics and the ethos of designing. They will complete a number of small Design and Make projects which will give students the skills to prepare them for KS4. Computer Aided Design (CAD) features in a number of the projects and students are able to construct components of their products using the laser cutter. We develop student’s ability to work independently and they all become proficient in the use of the software used to control the laser cutter. They will also be made aware of environmental issues within design and look at the need to make our world more sustainable. We also look at the history of design and how it continues to influence design styles in the modern age.

Key stage 4 Curriculum overview

Cambridge National Design Engineering

Students can choose Cambridge National Design Engineering which will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.  Students will build on the skills they have learnt in KS3. The Cambridge National allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.

Engineering design is a process used to identify market opportunities and solve problems which contribute to the development of new products and systems. This qualification is aimed at students who wish to study the processes involved in designing new engineered products and the requirements of a design specification. Students will build upon skills and knowledge from KS3. They will develop practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas further.

A practical approach to teaching and learning will provide students with knowledge in engineering technology and develop critical thinking, creativity and dextrous skills through engaging practical experiences.

Cambridge National Assessment

Students currently studying Cambridge National L1/2 in Design Engineering will have to complete 4 mandatory units.

Students starting to study Design Engineering 2021/22 will be working at an updated specification with slight different unit and exam weighting. Student will have to complete two NEA assignments that are centre assessed and one exam that is taken at the end of Year 11.

The current assessment for Design Engineering is:

RO 105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements

This unit is the exam unit. Marks are out of 60 and the duration of the exam is 1h.

This unit provides the opportunity for students to develop their understanding of the requirements of design briefs and design specifications for the development of new products. Through research and practical activities, learners will understand how consumer requirements and market opportunities inform design briefs. Students will understand the overall design process through study of the design cycle, existing product and life cycle analysis, study of new and improved materials and manufacturing processes, and how these and other factors influence a design solution.

R106: Product analysis and research

This unit will enable students to perform effective product analysis. They will research existing solutions and assess the development of engineered products. Students will develop dextrous skills and gain practical experience of product assembly and disassembly to appreciate manufacturing processes, design features and materials used. This unit develops student’s creativity and critical analysis through an understanding of the principles behind good design. They will consider what makes a good product sell by analysing existing solutions.

R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs

This unit develops techniques in generation, concept development and the communication of design ideas using hand rendering and computer-based presentation techniques including computer aided

design software. Students will generate design ideas using a mixture of detailed hand rendering and computer-based presentation techniques including computer aided design in 2 and 3 dimensions. Students will gain skills in annotation and labelling techniques, such as showing key features, functions, dimensions, materials, construction/manufacture methods.

R108: 3D design realisation

This unit requires students to apply practical skills to produce a prototype product or model using

craft-based modelling materials alongside computer-controlled or rapid-prototyping processes. Students will produce a prototype product in the form of a model and test design ideas in a practical context, to inform further development utilising more complex production processes.

Students will evaluate the prototype making a comparison of the outcome against the product

specification and evaluate potential improvements in design such as features, function, materials, aesthetics and ergonomics and make suggestions on improvements to the final product.

 Grades in this qualification are awarded on the following scale

  • Distinction* at Level 2 (*2)
  • Distinction at Level 2 (D2)
  • Merit at Level 2 (M2)
  • Pass at Level 2 (P2)
  • Distinction at Level 1 (D1)
  • Merit at Level 1 (M1)
  • Pass at Level 1 (P1)

We are using this textbook in our lesson.

The textbook covers all units that are taught and gives valuable guidance for the coursework units.

Career Destinations

In choosing this subject students equip themselves with transferrable skills and knowledge that will enables students to move into a vast variety of careers options.

Cambridge National Design Engineering can lead to apprenticeships within the construction industry or manufacturing industry. It can also lead to further education at College or A-level and progress to university degrees in engineering.

Useful Subject Links

A 3D modelling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design:


Keep in touch
Subject Lead for DT is Mrs Zulkarnain who can be contacted by email at


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