Design Technology

Technology is an umbrella term for our subjects that focus on designing in a practical context.

This includes Food, Graphics, Resistent Materials and Textiles. 

Hands-on and traditionally vocational, pupils learn a wealth of design and creative skills that can help them go on to careers in highly skilled sectors.

Course details

In Design and Technology, students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.


Due to the new specification changes Food Technology will now be ‘Food Preparation, cooking and nutrition’

In Year 9 students will develop understanding of ‘A balanced diet’ and the functions of nutrients in the diet. Students will transfer learning into an investigation task where they will research, design and make nutritious meals for a chosen target market.

Pupils will build on practical skills throughout the year so they are able to make a range of dishes without further support.

In Year 10/11 students will begin the WJEC controlled assessment tasks carrying 50% of the overall GCSE grade.

15% - The Food Investigation Assessment - Investigate the working characteristics, function and chemical properties of ingredients through practical experimentation and use the findings to achieve a particular result

35% The Food Preparation Assessment - Plan, prepare, cook and present a selection of dishes, to meet particular requirements such as a dietary need, lifestyle

The remaining 50% will be assessed in the form of an exam taken at the end of year 11. This is a 1 hour 45minute exam which contains a range of short response answers and some longer extended response questions

Resources and reading-

Year 10 Textiles

This course will be assessed across two units:

Unit 1 (45701) Written Paper – 2 hours – 120 marks – 40% Candidates answer all questions in two sections Pre-release material is issued.

The written paper will focus on:

·        Materials and components

·        Fibres and Fabrics

·        Finishing Processes

·        Components

·        Expand all

·        Design and market influences

·        Product analysis

·        Social, Cultural, Moral, Health and Safety and Environment Issues

·        Environmental effects: the disposal of chemicals used to manufacture products; the need to dispose of waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way

·        Processes and manufacture

·        Production Planning

·        Information and Communication Technology

Unit 2 (45702) Controlled Assessment – Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60% Consists a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks

The controlled assessment will begin in January of Year 10.

Websites/ resources to support learning

Resistent Materials

Year 11 GCSE Resistant Materials

Course Information:

Written Paper – Exam taken in June 2017

2 hours 120 marks - 40% f the overall GCSE grade

Pre-release material is issued for the exam allowing pupils to prepare appropriately for the first section of the paper.

Content of the exam:

·        Materials: Metals, timber, plastics, composites, smart and nanomaterials

·        Components, Adhesives and Applied Finishes

·        Design and Market Influences

·        Sustainability of design

·        Selection of appropriate processes and techniques for own product

·        Social, cultural, moral, environmental, sustainability, economic issues

·        Consumer choice

·        Consumer rights legislation, product maintenance and codes of practice

·        Health and Safety Issues

·        Safety for the consumer

·        Joining techniques

·        Systems and Control

·        Information and Communication Technology

·        Industrial Practices

Unit 2 –  Controlled Assessment- Design and Making - Approximately 45 hours of lesson time will be allowed for completing the controlled assessment. The final content will be marked out of 90. This is worth 60% of the overall final grade

Controlled Assessment Task – Popular tourist attractions such as Wildlife Sanctuaries, Art Galleries, Animal Farms, Zoos, Theme Parks and Museums often have their own Shops attached. Themed products are always a popular feature.

Design TaskDesign and make a small storage unit influenced by any design era of the last 100 years.

Key Dates:

Controlled assessment deadline for submission – February 10th 2017

GCSE written exam – June 2017- date to be confirmed

Drop in sessions available – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Period 7 – Fridays

Useful Websites:

Revision Tips:

·       Make sure homework tasks are completed promptly as these will always be based on Exam material.

·       Make sure you can recall the key terms and definitions from each topic – make a list and test yourself on each one.

·       Don’t cram your revision – create a revision timetable early (now) for each subject and try to revise two hours per subject each week. You will be much calmer, confident and prepared when the exams come around.

·       If there is a topic that you don’t quite understand, either re-read your notes, research the internet or ask your teacher for some help.


If you require any support or have any further questions with regards your child’s studying on the Design and Technology GCSE at Tong Leadership Academy, then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly: Mr G.O’Donnell

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