Design & Technology

Facilities: In the dynamic Design & Technology Department at Kingsdale, students are taught how to use their higher-order thinking and analytical skills to solve problems across a range of practical areas. These transferrable skills are used across many disciplines in the modern world, both in and out of design fields.

In Design & Technology, students use traditional and modern equipment and processes.

The workshop facilities include a fully equipped Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Studio with specialist CAD/CAM equipment, including a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter and CNC routers, as well as a traditional workshop for developing handcrafting skills.

The Textiles Technology Studio complements traditional methods with a computerised sewing machine and the Food Science room is exemplary in both facilities and the subject matter covered.




Key Stage 3 Design & Technology

Overview: All students study Design & Technology during Years 7 and 8. Students complete a variety of design and making projects through the following areas:

  • Textiles Technology
  • Resistant Materials
  • Graphic Products with computer aided design and manufacture [CAD/CAM]
  • Food Science

Examples of Key Stage 3 projects include Fusion Cuisine, Monsters Textile Characters, Mechanical Toys, Pop-up Books and Gadget Holders developed with the use of computer aided design and manufacture. Studying Design and Technology allows students to be creative and conscious designers, and are made aware of how manufactured products can have a huge impact on the environment. 

Year 7 Design & Technology Scheme of Work

Steady Hand Game


CAD/CAM Cinema Food Packaging

Year 8 Design & Technology Scheme of Work

Funky Fleece

Mechanical Toy




Key Stage 4 Design & Technology

Overview: In Year 9, 10 & 11 we offer three areas of specialism within Design & Technology: Resistant Materials, Technology Textiles and Graphics. The examining board that we use is AQA. The GCSE consists of 60% Controlled Assessment (coursework) and 40% externally set written exam.

GCSE Design and Technology prepares students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. GCSE Design and Technology allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. 





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