Design and technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. Secondary design and technology builds on the skills and knowledge children have already learnt at primary school. At its core, is creativity and imagination, Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Design and technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.
The faculty is staffed by 6 dedicated teachers who between them have teaching experience of over 20 years. Students are taught in small groups of 20 students per class.
The department has three specialised workshops for students to design and make products. There is also a graphics and electronics room for the technology aspect of the subject. Students also have access to an Apple Mac Suite and computer rooms with desktop PC’s. Students learn as well to use specialist equipment such as the 3D printer and laser cutter.
The curriculum at Key Stage 3 students are taught in small class sizes of no more than 20 students due to the practical nature of the subject. The subject is run on a carousel basis whereby students rotate through Projects related to Product Design and Graphics.
Various 4-5 week Projects - Roller Ball (Wood based), Biscuit Cutter (Metal based), Pop up Greetings Cards (Graphics based), Jewellery Project (Smart Material based) and The Key Ring Project (2D Design - CAD and Laser Cutter Project).
DVD and Blu-ray Design: (A Photoshop (Graphics) based Portfolio Project)
Container Project: (Wood based Portfolio Project)
Electronics Project: (Electronics Project based on producing three small products)
Wildlife Project: (Wood, Sustainability and Biomimicry based portfolio project)
RHS Garden Design: (A mini Project based on Garden Design)
Retail Design: (Graphics based Portfolio Project)
Design Ventura: (A mini enterprise and design project)
Within Cooking and Nutrition students are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We aim to instill a love of cooking and healthy eating in students, whilst teaching crucial life skills. We understand that not everyone will have had the same experience of Food Technology at primary school and that is why we have designed a program of study that is accessible for all our students. Within Key Stage 3, students will develop basic kitchen skills and will become confident using all parts of the oven. They will learn how to use a wide range of equipment and will develop safe knife skills, they will also understand how to handle and store food safely. Students will have the opportunity to create healthy, nutritious dishes that are suitable for all the family whilst also being aware of other cultures and how to cater for different dietary needs.
We have a team of seven well trained Food/DT Teachers and Technicians. There are two well-sized food rooms within the main school building on the ground floor each with separated areas for learning and cooking with a mixture of gas and electric hobs, grills and ovens as well as a selection of microwave ovens. The rooms have a number of secondary source learning materials on display including a substantial library of reference books and AV facilities to help students develop the confidence to develop dishes and work more independently. Both rooms are well ventilated and well-proportioned enough to allow for ease-of-movement around the kitchen spaces providing a well-lit and safe working environment for students to work on cooking their dishes.
In year 7 we focus on healthy eating and developing basic food preparation skills, working most with fruits and vegetables. Students will complete the following practical lessons:
In year 8 we focus on creating party pieces and catering for occasions, whilst also looking at the safe buying and storing of Food. Students will complete the following practical lessons:
In year 9 we explore the sources and functions of nutrients and students will begin to work with meat in order to create balanced meals. Students will then embark on a mini project where they will explore foods from other cultures, this will give them a taste of GCSE Food Technology. Students will complete the following practical lessons:
Design and technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables Students to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. In Design and technology it is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. At its core, is creativity and imagination, Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
This GCSE has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal. Plus advertising and points of sale can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.
Written Paper: 2 hours 120 marks - 40% of the GCSE
Controlled Assessment: 90 marks - 60% of the GCSE
I decided to take product design because I’m looking to be an engineer and in all honesty with my other subjects being challenging ones I fancied one that would run a bit differently. I love coming to my lessons and knowing that I won’t just be sitting and listening to a teacher harping on, I get to organise my own project and manage myself to get it done. It’s very different to lower school D.T as you have the freedom to design what you want and the teachers love your originality. Obviously the teachers are good fun and this certainly makes it a really enjoyable subject to take. I’m now taking the subject at AS and it’s my favourite lesson of the week! Rosie, Year 13 Student
This GCSE has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities. They will be encouraged to learn through images to use, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand all materials and their manipulation. They will design and make products using mainly a graphic median as well and using Resistant Materials if they wish, including new technologies to prepare them for the world of work and university.
Written Paper: 2 hours 120 marks - 40% of the GCSE
Controlled Assessment: 90 marks - 60% of the GCSE
Product Design Graphics is an extremely varied subject. Not only does it involve technical drawing, but also encourages logical thinking, marketing and sales research and it allows a lot of freedom with personal creativity. Product Design also opens a lot of doors in further career paths, such as Product Design at A Level, and is also a necessity for courses in architecture, interior design, Graphic Design and Engineering. GCSE Product Design (Graphics Led) is currently based around four different contexts; Hobby Kits, Cultural Influences, Child Development and Holiday Needs, which have been extremely interesting and has allowed a lot of freedom, both in design and research. Throughout lessons, we carry out mini projects in Silver Smithing, Health and safety, Graphic portfolio and CAD & CAM. Theory lessons are enjoyed by all students, as they allow a different outlook on the technicalities and different aspects of design. Product Design (Graphics Led) is perfectly suited to anyone with a flair for art and design, as well as logical thinkers with creative interests. Eloise, Year 13 Student
Industrial Design, Product Design, Engineering, Medical Product Design, Teaching, Architecture, Film Set/Theatre Design, Special effects development, Property Development, Graphic Design and Interior Design.
Students must gain B or above to take Product Design at A Level
3D Design is an enormously satisfying career. You have an idea and - with the use of tools like clay or computers - it comes to life. Imagine how satisfying it must be for the person who designed the iPhone to hold the finished product in their hand.
Your key learning topics:
Your A Level studies cover four main topics, and you’ll study two of these each year.
In ‘Materials, components and application’ - you’ll look at materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design.
In ‘Learning through designing and making’ you’ll produce some coursework using your own design with a range of materials and media.
In the second year you’ll get to grips with ‘Design and manufacture’ - helping you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. ‘Design and making in practice’ is the practical, coursework part. You’ll make an object and record the processes that you went through.
B in Graphics, resistant Materials, or Product Design and attend a meeting to show portfolio.
In order to take A level Product Design not only do you need a passion for Design you also need to have excellent organisational skills and the ability to problem solve effectively. You will need to be self-motivated and disciplined to meet coursework deadlines whilst still preparing for the examination.
The course content enables students to further develop their knowledge and understanding of materials and components, design and market influences and processes and manufacture.
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 2.5 hours
• 120 marks
• 30% of A-level Questions Mixture of short answer and extended response.
Designing and making principles
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1.5 hours
• 80 marks
• 20% of A-level Questions Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
• Product Analysis: 30 marks
• Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).
• Commercial manufacture: 50 marks
• Mixture of short and extended response questions Non-exam assessment (NEA)
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.
How it's assessed
• Substantial design and make project
• 100 marks
• 50% of A-level Evidence Digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype
Courses: Physics, Maths, Art, Engineering and Media.
Careers: Industrial Design, Product Design, Engineering, Graphic design, Medical Product Design, Teaching, Architecture, Film Set/Theatre Design, Special effects development
Property Development and Interior Design.
The Design and Technology department has a successful partnership with the RHS (“Royal Horticultural Society”). The partnership was created to enrich the learning of students. As part of our Partnership we pilot class activities to embed Horticultural into the Design and Technology curriculum. Year 9 students take part in the RHS Wisley Garden Design competition.
The department have RHS educational workers that come in and give practical inputs from Horticultural to Landscape Architects who display gardens at the Chelsea flower show. These industries come and talk to the students and our students benefit from trips to RHS Wisley, Hampton Court Flower Show and The Chelsea Flower Show.
For the first six weeks of the school year, Townley Grammar School Year 9 students take park in Design Ventura national competition created by the Design museum and sponsored by Deutsche Bank.
It places design skills in a real world context, developing creativity, problem-solving, team work and enterprise capabilities.
Design Ventura offers our students opportunities to visit the Design Museum and to encounter experts from design and business online and in person. Competition prizes include the chance to see their work exhibited at the museum and on the South Bank, support from experts to develop the students idea and one winning idea will be developed and sold in the Design Museum Shop.
Students will be encouraged to visit museums, galleries and various exhibitions to gather research that will inspire their coursework, we also run a number of trips at A level including a trip to New York here students look at the design history of Art Deco, study the Architecture of the city, visit museums such as MAD, MOMA & the MET and get gain life experience to developed their creative minds.