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26th Jun 2017
John McAdam, Year 14, represented Down High School at the Sentinus Young Innovators...

Key Stage 3 Overview

Technology and Design is part of the statutory requirement for every pupil at Key Stage 3.
Technology provides students with the opportunities to develop creative thinking and problem solving skills through design. It also comprises of a major focus on manufacturing incorporating an understanding of selecting appropriate materials and being able to solve problems through developing skills in a range of manufacturing processes, demonstrating accuracy and quality of outcome.

GCSE Overview

Through studying this specification, students have opportunities to:

  • analyse existing products;

  • develop practical solutions to consumer needs, wants and opportunities;

  • design and make quality products and/or systems;

  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies;

  • understand that products have an impact on lifestyle;

  • develop their creativity and critical analysis skills;

  • make links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design;

  • explore how aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making;

  • develop decision-making skills;

  • consider sustainability; and

  • gain insight into related sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.

This specification helps prepare students for the study of technology and design related courses at a more advanced level, for example Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Technology and Design, and BTEC Nationals in Engineering and/or Manufacturing. It also prepares them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.


A-Level Overview

In A-Level Technology and Design, students study technology and design in a range of contexts including home, school, recreation, community, business and industry.

Through studying GCE Technology and Design, students have opportunities to:

  • make use of tacit knowledge and reflective practices in order to work with tasks that are challenging and often require definition;

  • develop and sustain their creativity and innovative practice;

  • recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products;

  • develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and historical perspective;

  • draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas;

  • draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technological activities;

  • develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices; and

  • use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability.



  • Mr. M. Patton, Head of Department

    Miss E. Getty

    Mrs. L. McCauley

    Ms. M. Smart, Technology & Design Department Technician

Technology and Design is concerned primarily with the design and manufacture of high quality technological products. Every design is influenced by outside factors such as consumer demand, the state of the market, customer expectations and consumer laws.

Studying Technology and Design provides opportunities to tackle and resolve design and technological problems to meet human needs within a range of contexts, such as home, school, leisure, community, business and industry. Essentially, we are searching for better ways to do things, inventing solutions and taking risks.

‘What is design? It's where you stand with a foot in two worlds - the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes - and you try to bring the two together.’ Mitchell Kapor