Design and Technology

Welcome to the Design and Technology Department at Test Valley School. We are an experienced and enthusiastic team of teachers who are dedicated to ensuring that every pupil achieves their best and enjoys their studies in a challenging but supportive environment.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are given creative opportunities to model, develop and produce working prototype products to meet the needs of a variety of situations. Within these project opportunities pupils also experience working with structural, mechanical and control systems. All staff promote a responsible approach to Design Technology by encouraging the pupils to consider the sustainability of the products whilst also encouraging them to explain how they might reduce potential waste in the designing and making of their proposals.

As in industry, development and modelling are key areas that are concentrated on, with particular emphasis on card modelling and computer aided design using Sketchup Make. Pupils are able to create and refine their ideas in 2D and 3D when appropriate, in order to optimise the product’s potential.

Key Stage 4

Electronic Products

Subject Design and Technology:  Electronic Products
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4540
Assessment 60% Controlled assessment  40 % Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Before taking this course pupils will need to have completed Key Stage 3 Design and Technology with drive and enthusiasm. Ideally they will need to be in set 1 or 2 for Mathematics and Science.

Is this course suitable?

This course is particularly suited for pupils who:

  • are interested in being highly challenged on a lesson by lesson basis
  • are good independent workers with an enthusiasm for designing, developing and eventually making products
  • take pride in producing detailed design drawings
  • are resilient when faced with challenging designing and making problems
  • are able to evaluate the success of a ‘design and make’ project and reflect on how they might improve

What will pupils learn on this course?

The knowledge of electronics is explored through circuit modelling, from basic components through to some complex integrated circuit behaviour. A mini project is conducted in order to gain knowledge and understanding of appropriate construction techniques required to for the controlled assignment. A wide range of computer programmes are used to perform a range challenging activities including programming integrated circuits, computer aided design of product case, computer aided manufacture of product cases, computer aided design of complex circuit boards and engineering drawings as well as the use of ICT to present controlled assessment. A sustainable approach to designing and making: “Designing for Maintenance”.  This course will help the pupils’ skills and techniques in drawing, modelling, and card engineering.  It will also introduce pupils to commercial processes used in industry.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

The controlled assessment (60%) consists of a single design and make project for which pupils will need to produce a fully functioning cased electronic product capable of being batch produced based on a theme.  A two hour written paper (40%) tests pupils on all the things they have learnt over the two years.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Research and preparation to support the Controlled Assessment
  • Revision for termly phase tests
  • Revision to embed learning for the Year 11 mock exam and terminal examination

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

  • Education – A-Level Electronic Product Design, engineering courses or degrees
  • Employment – an apprenticeship within the electronics or avionics industries or a career in design or engineering

Graphic Products

Subject Design and Technology:  Graphic Products
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4550
Assessment 60% Controlled Assessment  40% Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Before taking this course pupils will need to have completed Key Stage 3 Design and Technology with drive and enthusiasm. They should have basic drawing skills and an ability to develop a diverse range of ideas in response to a design brief. Card modelling skills are a vital skill in order to complete this course.

Is this course suitable?

This course is particularly suited for pupils who:

  • are good independent workers with an enthusiasm for designing, developing and eventually making products
  • take pride in producing detailed design drawings
  • are resilient when faced with challenging designing and making problems
  • are able to evaluate the success of a ‘design and make’ project and reflect on how they might improve

What will pupils learn on this course?

  • A sustainable approach to designing and making: “Designing for Maintenance”
  • Improved drawing skills and techniques
  • Styles of drawing: Pictorial, Sequence, Schematic
  • Improved modelling skills and techniques
  • Card Engineering skills
  • How to use colour to create different moods
  • How to design and produce: Pop–ups, Flat Pack self-assembly kits
  • Commercial Processes used in industry
  • Use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
  • Professional designers and their work
  • How to produce a detailed coursework folder

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

The controlled assessment (60%) consists of a single design and make project for which pupils may need to produce three different items all based on a theme: 3D Display stand, Ticket and Poster for a production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

There is also a two hour exam which counts for 40% of the final grade.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

In Year 10, researching a particular theme for a project, producing a Mood Sheet and drawing and modelling based development work.  In Year 11, research work for the coursework project and also some development of design work started in class.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

Education – A-Level Product Design or Graphic Design, Foundation Engineering courses

Employment – a career in the design or engineering industry

Resistant Materials (RMT)

Subject Design and Technology:  Resistant Materials (RMT)
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4560
Assessment 60% Controlled Assessment  40% Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Before taking this course pupils will need to have completed Key Stage 3 Design and Technology with drive and enthusiasm. They should have basic drawing skills and an ability to develop a diverse range of ideas in response to a design brief. Card modelling skills are a vital skill in order to complete this course.

Is this course suitable?

This course is particularly suited for pupils who:

  • are good independent workers with an enthusiasm for designing, developing and eventually making products
  • take pride in producing detailed design drawings
  • are resilient when faced with challenging designing and making problems
  • are able to evaluate the success of a ‘design and make’ project and reflect on how they might improve

What will pupils learn on this course?

  • A sustainable approach to designing and making: “Designing for Maintenance”
  • Improved drawing skills and techniques
  • Critical analysis and evaluation of existing and concept products
  • Improved modelling skills and techniques
  • How to use a range of workshop tools and processes
  • How to design and produce: Pop–ups, Flat Pack self-assembly kits
  • Commercial processes used in industry
  • Use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM)
  • Professional designers and their work
  • How to produce a detailed coursework folder

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

The controlled assessment (60%) consists of a single design and make project for which pupils may need to produce one, complete, fully working prototype.

There is also a two hour exam which counts for 40% of the final grade.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

In Year 10, researching a particular theme for a project, producing a Mood Sheet and drawing and modelling based development work.  In Year 11, research work for your coursework project and also some development of design work started in class.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

Education – A-Level Product Design, Foundation Engineering courses

Employment – a career in the design or engineering industry

Food, Textiles and Child Development


This area of Design and Technology involves the use of food and textiles as materials. Both subjects are taught to GCSE level as is Home Economics Child Development.

Key Stage 3

Design and Technology is an intelligent, innovative, creative and fun activity where pupils are given unique opportunities to experience designing, developing and making real products for real life situations.

Pupils will follow a practical course designing for themselves in Year 7 for clients in Year 8 and for markets in Year 9.

Food Technology

Through a range of practical activities pupils learn to work safely and hygienically using the cooker, basic equipment and food as a material. In Year 7 the emphasis is on the preparation of fruit and vegetables and starchy foods. In Year 8 there will be opportunities to use a nutrients data base to analyse their designs while investigating foods from other cultures, use of local produce and lunchbox foods. In Year 9 pupils will make products for an economy range, a breakfast product and the novelty market. They will consider value for money and the nutritional and sensory implications of their designs. The study of nutrition is an important part of the curriculum.

Textiles Technology

The aim of KS3 Textiles is to make marketable, good quality products and test their suitability for purpose. In year 7 pupils learn to use a sewing machine safely to make a set of juggles and a drawstring bag. In year 8 pupils extend textiles skills through the production of a themed cushion. Year 9 pupils explore recycled fabrics and techniques to produce a doorstop. They will design and make a pattern, plan an appropriate order of work and review their progress in order to meet production deadlines.

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 10)

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Subject Food Preparation and Nutrition
Examination Board AQA
Specification 8585
Assessment 50% Non-Exam Assessment 50% Written Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

They must enjoy practical food lessons and take responsibility for organising ingredients for practical work.

Be able to keep records of practical work and use Computing resources to display results.

Is this course suitable?

Studying food is an exciting, practical and creative opportunity. Pupils must be able to work independently but also in small groups. Being organised is essential for lessons and for the successful completion of written work.

What will pupils learn on this course?

This exciting and creative course focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. This qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Paper 1

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

50% of GCSE

Non Exam Assessments

50% of GCSE

Task 1:  Food investigation    30 marks

Practical investigations into the characteristics of food

Task 2:  Food preparation assessment   70 marks

Pupils will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

The qualification will be graded on a nine-point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Completing written accounts of practical lessons.
  • Organising ingredients
  • Research into given food topics

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

The food industry is expanding all the time and is one of the largest employers in the UK. A Food Preparation and Nutrition qualification can lead to careers in food marketing, food product development and diet related industries.

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 11)

Child Development

Subject Home Economics:  Child Development
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4580
Assessment 20% Research Task  40% Child Study  40% Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

  • They must have access to a child under the age of four years old.
  • They must be able to work independently and be very organised and responsible.

Is this course suitable?

This course is suitable for pupils who are interested in learning about young children and how they behave and develop.

It will involve practical task taking and keeping written accounts of observations and tasks.

What will pupils learn on this course?

  • In Year 10, pupils will study the development of children and how they develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially and complete the first controlled assessment. Pupils will also learn about family structures and pregnancy.
  • In Year 11, pupils will focus on the diet, health and care of children. The course includes the study of the support agencies involved in child care. During Year 11 they will complete the Research controlled assessment as part of their classwork.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

  • The Child Study controlled assessment involves five visits to the chosen child and the completion of a portfolio over approximately twenty hours.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • All child study visits are carried out in the pupil’s own time and will be your homework tasks until the study is complete.
  • Research and investigations for the second controlled assessment will be carried out in the pupil’s own time.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

The career choices are wide with this qualification and could include the following:  Teacher, health visitor, nursery teacher, child minder, playgroup supervisor, social worker and nurse.

Food Technology

Subject Design and Technology: Food Technology
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4545
Assessment 60% Controlled Assessment 40% Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Pupils must enjoy practical food lessons and take responsibility for organising ingredients for practical work.

Be able to keep records of practical work and use Computing resources to display results.

Is this course suitable?

Studying food is an exciting, practical and creative opportunity. Pupils must be able to work independently but also in small groups. Being organised is essential for lessons and for the successful completion of written work.

What will pupils learn on this course?

Basic recipe development through practical work is carried out in Year 10.

Pupils will learn:

  • To design and produce quality products, safely and hygienically to meet the needs of consumers.
  • To analyse and evaluate existing products.
  • To test and evaluate their own work.
  • To consider the demands placed on designers such as sustainability and environmental issues
  • How foods are manufactured in quantity.

Year 11 is when most of the controlled assessment is carried out and work from Year 10 is put into practice. This work will be an Independent response to a chosen design brief.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

A controlled assessment folder is kept in school recording all work completed throughout the course. This will contribute towards the marks, although most of the marks are awarded for practical products made in school.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

They will need to complete independent research and investigations such as finding recipes, carrying out surveys or questionnaires in food shops or with individuals and carry out independent testing of products.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

The food industry is expanding all the time and is one of the largest employers in the UK. A Food Technology qualification can lead to careers in food marketing, food product development and diet related industries.

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 10 and Year 11)

Textiles

Subject Design and Technology: Textiles
Examination Board AQA
Specification 4570
Assessment 60% Controlled Assessment 40% Examination
English Baccalaureate No

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Pupils must:

  • Enjoy practical Textiles lessons.
  • Have an interest in current trends.
  • Be able to keep records of practical work and use Computing resources to display results.

Is this course suitable?

Studying Textiles is an exciting, practical and creative opportunity. Pupils must be able to work independently but also in small groups. Being organised and keeping accurate records is essential for all practical lessons and folder work.

What will pupils learn on this course?

  • basic skills in construction and decorative techniques are developed through practical work in Year 10; this will include the use of a variety of materials both traditional and modern ‘smart’ materials and the use of traditional and modern equipment.
  • to design and produce quality products and test, analyse and evaluate existing products and consider the demands placed on designers such as sustainability, environmental issues and ethical trading.
  • how products are manufactured in quantity by exploring computer aided design and manufacture.

Year 11 is when most of the controlled assessment is carried out. This work will be an independent response to a chosen design brief.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

A controlled assessment folder is kept in school recording all work completed throughout the course. This will contribute towards the marks, although most of the marks are awarded for the practical product made in school.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

Pupils will need to complete independent research and investigations such as carrying out surveys or questionnaires in shops or with individuals. Testing products and gathering ideas and information.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

Careers in the Design Industry are widespread and include Art and Design careers, working in the Retail industry, Teaching and Theatre costume design.

Provision of Materials

All equipment and protective clothing used for food and textiles work will be provided, as will ingredients and fabric for experimental work. Pupils will know at least one week in advance if they need to bring any food for a lesson. If there is a problem supplying any of the ingredients they should discuss it with their teacher at least two days before the lesson. When food is to be taken home it should be weighed before bringing to school. Appropriate containers will be needed to transport the food and to take it home.