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Design & Technology

Bartholomew school photography 3Using creativity and imagination, students design and manufacture products that solve problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. 

At KS3, all students will experience a range of individual subject specialisms and contexts, including food and nutrition.  In each of these areas, students are involved in developing ideas, planning, manufacturing products and evaluating them alongside learning subject-specific technical knowledge.

At KS4, students have the opportunity to study a Design and Technology course to GCSE.  We currently offer GCSE Design and Technology where students follow a Product Design or Textiles pathway and Food Preparation and Nutrition.

At KS5, the department offers students opportunities to follow courses in Product Design.  Art Textiles is also offered as a joint venture with the Art Department.


Main Topics Covered

Year 7

  • Batch Produced Puzzles - Materials focus
  • Smart Materials – Novelty Thermometer - Materials focus
  • ‘Designer’ Pen and Packaging - Materials focus
  • Bag for Life – Fabric focus
  • New Skills – Food focus

Year 8

  • Levers and Linkages – Materials focus
  • Art Deco/Andy Warhol Frames – Materials focus
  • Simple Electronics – Materials focus
  • Pencil Cases – Fabric focus
  • Healthy Eating – Food focus

Year 9

  • Electronic/CAD/CAM focus – AMP - Material focus
  • USB light - Material focus
  • T-Light holder – Material focus
  • Mobile Phone case - Sublimation printing – Fabric focus
  • ‘Our Food’ – Food focus

Year 10


  • Students experiment with a wide range of materials and processes from which they can develop skills to manufacture good quality products. 
  • Make use of and develop appropriate practical ICT skills, including CAD/CAM – eg laser machine, sublimation printing or 3D printing


Food and Nutrition:

  • A range of cooking skills to ensure students have a thorough understanding of food, nutrition and health, food science, food safety, food choice and food provenance.
  • Practical opportunities to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking using a variety of food commodities, cooking techniques and equipment.

Year 11

D&T: Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) – 50% of the total marks.

  • 3-dimensional product along with a
  • Contextual challenges will be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA.


Food and Nutrition: NEA – 50% of the total marks

  • Food Investigation assessment: students produce a written report of between 1,500 and 2,000 words
  • Food Preparation assessment: students trial dishes in preparation for a final menu alongside a portfolio of evidence to include analysis and evaluation of the nutritional, cost and sensory properties of personal choices

Years 12 and 13

D&T Product Design:

  • Students work with a wide range of materials and processes, which they will have developed over previous years, from which they can develop skills to manufacture good quality products. 
  • Students are encouraged to make use of and develop appropriate practical ICT skills including CAD/CAM.
  • Students develop the ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas to inform their decisions in design and the application or development of technology.


Exam Specifications


GCSE Design and Technology:

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition:



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