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Study & Technology Studies

Key contacts:

Mrs C Roberts - Whole school lead on mental health and wellbeing  

Mrs W Moore - Assistant Head of Faculty and Business and ICT specialist 

Mr Oxenham - Design & Technology specialist 

Mrs A Carson - Teacher Design & Technology

Mrs S Fletcher - Teacher of Food & Nutrition

Ms A Lumm – Technology & IT technician 



KS3 Technology

During KS3 students study Food Technology; Textiles and Design &Technology.

All students in Years 7 and 8 pursue a Design & Technology course in 3 material areas: Graphics & Design, Textiles and Food Technology.  In Year 9, students opt for one of these areas which allow them to specialize and increase their depth of knowledge and skills as they progress onto the GCSE courses. 

KS3 Food

The curriculum places real emphasis on teaching students to prepare healthy snacks and meals.  During year 7 students have a full term of Food within the Design and Technology carousel of subject areas.  It is a skills-based course where students learn about tools, equipment, processes and commodities that enable them to produce quality dishes to take home to enjoy with their families.  Good food safety and hygiene practices are integrated into the course to ensure that they become competent practitioners both at school and at home.

Dishes prepared include salads, soups, fish cakes, cookies, muffins, fruit crumble and a pasta dish.  Knife skills are acquired through the preparation of a wide range of fruit and vegetables.  Transferable skills including working as a team, problem solving and peer- and self-assessment are all taught as part of this course.  The module is assessed through a pizza design and make task.

In Year 8 students continue to acquire and develop their practical skills by preparing a range of dishes from scratch.  Dishes prepared include carrot cakes, a vegetarian curry, a set lemon cheesecake and a Quiche Lorraine. Alongside the practical activities students are introduced to The Eatwell Guide and the eight guidelines for a healthy lifestyle.

KS3 Design and Technology

During KS3 all students will develop an awareness of design through studying the work of other designers, product analysis of existing products and, of course, designing their own products and making them in the workshop. The students will make products to their designs and will complete focused practical tasks to the same design to build basic skills and knowledge. 

During the course the students will work with the traditional materials of wood, metal and plastic; they will also learn about electronics. The students will spend time sketching in 2d and 3d, using pens and pencils and 3d computer modelling. This will enable them to take their amazing ideas and get them out into the real world where they can be developed and made real.

Currently the first thing the students will make is a bird feeder, but the projects may vary according to ability and material cost at the time. 

KS3 Textiles

The year 7 Textiles module introduces students to new tools and equipment used in the Textiles industry. Students start the module by learning how to confidently control and operate knitting needles and crocheting which they then use to produce interesting yarns. Emphasis is also placed on how knitting can be used as a strategy for coping with stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of the individual. The year group create their first scarf, a Peace blanket and take part in a  yarn bombing project around the school.  

Students continue to develop their practical skills during the year 8 Textiles module and design and make a 100% Textile recycled cushion cover and learn how to use a sewing machine. They design for a real life client, ‘John Lewis’, and start the module by researching existing cushions sold at the store. Students are encouraged to develop their descriptive language and expressive writing style during the module. The design task encourages students to be more creative and produces highly original abstract design ideas. Students are transfixed during this task and are amazed by their own outcomes. Students are assessed on their research, design ideas and final cushion cover. 

KS3 Computing

During KS3 students study all of the 9 national curriculum strands, with Y8 teaching building on Y7 learning. The strands are:

1) Abstraction, 2) Algorithms and 3) Programming (Programing skills)

4) Binary and Boolean and 6) Data Storage and Execution

5) Computer Components

7) Creative use of ICT and 8) ICT for an Audience (ICT skills)

9) Cyber Awareness (E-safety and ethics)

Students will have the opportunity to use a range of software including those in Microsoft Office; MS logo, Flowol and Scratch for programming skills; and Adobe software for animation and website design. During Y7 and Y8 they will cover the foundations needed to study ICT and Computer Science at KS4 and beyond.

KS4 Food Preparation and Nutrition

The new GCSE food technology course ensures that students will have a proper understanding of the scientific principles behind food and nutrition as well as acquire a number of practical cooking techniques to prepare and cook food.

At the heart of the food qualification is a focus on developing practical cookery skills and a strong understanding of nutrition, so that students learn the essentials of food science, nutrition and how to cook healthily.

This qualification will give young people the preparation they need to succeed in the food and hospitality industries as well as giving them vital life skills.

The qualification will be demanding and give students in-depth knowledge of nutrition, food choice, where food comes from, and practical cooking as well as the ability to apply this knowledge when cooking. 

Areas of Content

  1. Food commodities
  2. Principles of nutrition
  3. Diet and good health
  4. The science of food
  5. Where food comes from
  6. Cooking and food preparation

GCSE course composition: 

  • 50% written examination to be carried out in May/June of year 11
  • 50% practical controlled assessment which will also take place in year 11.
    • 15% of this assessment is a food Investigation task
    • 35% is a food preparation and cooking task.

KS4 Media Studies

Many students choose GCSE Media Studies for its relevance to their lives and for the opportunities it provides for exploring contemporary issues through the use of different media in creative and practical ways. The AQA GCSE Media Studies course is a combination of media theory and practice.

Subject content is divided into 4 categories:

  1. Media language
  2. Media representations
  3. Media industries
  4. Media audiences

The content covers the following sectors:

  • magazines
  • advertising and marketing
  • newspapers
  • Online, social and participatory media and video games.
  • radio
  • music video
  • film (industries only).

Course structure

Media Studies involves 1 NON EXAM ASSESSMENT (creating a media product) and a written exam.

All students study the AQA GCSE Media Studies Single Award. 

KS4 Design & Technology 

This subject has content which culminates in a written exam and coursework (non-examined assessment) which both account for 50% of the GCSE. The theory course covers the following areas:

  • Core technical principles
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Materials, systems and energy 
  • Materials and their working properties 
  • Common specialist technical principles 
  • Designing and making principles

The coursework (non–examined assessment) including design and make task, forms the remaining 50% of GCSE. Students will produce a prototype and design portfolio of evidence along the following assessment criteria:

  • Identifying and investigating design possibilities
  • Producing a design brief and specification
  • Generating design ideas
  • Developing design ideas
  • Realising design ideas
  • Analysing & evaluating

The course is three years in duration.


Students who choose ICT as a GCSE option study the new OCR IT qualification which is a GCSE equivalent. The final grade is split between coursework and a written exam (each have an equal weighting of 50%). 

The use of ICT is studied in the context of project management and includes study of the Project Life Cycle, project management tools (Gantt charts, PERT, visualisation diagrams and flowcharts to name a few, types of data, data collection methods, data storage, data legislation, threats to data, data security, validity of data, data manipulation, processing data, presenting data and communicating data). Students will use predominantly spreadsheet and database software but will also use desktop publishing, presentation, word processing and web authoring dependent on the requirements of the coursework.

KS4 Business Studies

Students who choose Business as an option study the AQA GCSE specification. There are 2 exam papers (each with a weighting of 50%) which are sat at the end of Y11. The course covers 6 topics: Business in the Real World, Influences on business, Business Operations, Human Resources, Marketing and Finance. Students also work through projects related to the topics so they can see the application of what they have learnt in the real world.

Technology Studies


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