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Design & Technology

Design and Technology at Barnwood Park gives students an understanding of a variety of materials and processes delivered through interesting and contemporary contexts. Underpinning everything we do is the development of problem solving skills and a greater understanding of the world around us. 


Our KS3 curriculum has been designed so that students are able to build upon their skills and understanding and develop a greater level of independence. Here is a basic outline of our current KS3 Scheme of Work:

Our KS3 programme prepares students well for GCSE Design and Technology – this is an excellent choice for students planning a career in engineering or design. GCSE Design and Technology is taught through small design and make projects in Year 10, which cover the content and embed the learning. The 4 main areas covered in the GCSE are:

  • New and Emerging Technologies

  • Energy, Materials, Systems and Devices

  • Materials and their Working Properties

  • Technical Principles


KS4 - More information found in the Y9 options booklet.

Year 10

  • Subject knowledge and design skills delivered through a variety of design and make tasks which will cover.
  • Designing and making principles.
  • New and emerging technologies.
  • Energy generation and storage.
  • Structural and mechanical design.
  • Understanding materials.
  • Systems approach to designing.
  • Ecological and social footprint.
  • Production engineering.
  • Investigation, primary and secondary data.
  • Environmental, social and economic challenge.
  • The work of other designers.
  • Communication and modelling of design ideas.

Year 11

  • Substantial design and make task (Non Exam Assessment).
  • Assessment criteria to include the following:
  • Investigating.
  • Designing.
  • Making.
  • Analysing.
  • Evaluating.
  • Exam preparation and completion.