Alderman Peel

High School

Design & Technology

"Technology is just a tool.  In terms of getting children working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most  important factor" – Bill Gates

Mission Statement:  

Design and Technology is a dynamic, creative and engaging subject which gives students a broad experience where they learn to become innovative and enterprising individuals who are prepared to take risks.  They develop the ability to gain more understanding of Moral, Social and Aesthetic issues through researching, designing, making, evaluating and also develop and gain transferable skills to benefit their future careers.

Key Stage 3

The Curriculum focuses on the design route where students select and develop research material, develop a suitable range of design ideas, models, develop and construct final outcomes and complete critical evaluations and analysis.  This translates into pupils developing a variety of practical outcomes based around developing an understanding of 2D Design.  Pupils also initially develop an understanding of how to use basic workshop tools and they continue to develop graphical skills such as Perspective Drawing, Orthographic and Isometric Projection.

Key Stage 4

Currently -  AQA Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Product Design.

From September 2017:  AQA Design and Technology Single Award – Written Paper 50%, Coursework 50%

Students are actively involved in combining researching, designing, modelling making and evaluating skills together with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices, materials and an understanding of commercially viable products.

Unit 1: Written Paper – 40% of total marks
Unit 2: Design and Making Practice, ( coursework ), 60% of total marks


Extra-Curricular Opportunities:

  • Extra sessions every lunch time and two nights after school to develop GCSE coursework or KS3 project work.  
  • A 2D Design club is also to be developed