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Design and Technology

The Design and Technology Faculty at Sandringham School is committed to providing an exciting, creative and challenging curriculum to all students. Design Technology covers a wide variety of curriculum areas, these include; Cooking and Nutrition, Electronics, Graphics, Computer-Aided Design, Robotics and Product Design. Our facilities include 3d printers, two laser cutters, designated Food technology rooms, 2 Computer suites and 2 comprehensive workshops.

The Design Technology Faculty aims to allow students to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking, enabling them to design, make and evaluate products. We aim to equip students with the skills to think creatively, be socially, morally and environmentally aware and solve problems as individuals, in pairs and as team members. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their confidence in using a wide range of tools and equipment.

As a Faculty, we contribute to the whole school policy of providing students with a broad and balanced curriculum which will equip them with skills that they can use in the future and prepare them for today’s world of rapidly changing technology.

All students at Key Stage 3 spend two lessons per week (2 x 60 minutes) within Design Technology. Approximately half of the year is spent in Cooking and Nutrition, half the year in Design & Technology. Year 7 & 8 are taught as mixed ability groups, Year 9 groups are set based on performance in Year 8.

Design & Technology

Students design and make a variety of products in Year 7, 8 and 9. They learn about the stages of the design process and about a variety of materials such as plastics, woods, metals, smart materials and electronic components. Students work with a range of tools, equipment and machinery, including; computer aided design and manufacture through use of laser cutters and 3d printers. Students are strongly encouraged to use their devices creatively to design, research and photograph their progress.

Project topics

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Acrylic photo frame CAD modelling Angle poise lamp
Electronic badge Smart structures Jewellery design
Graphic design Pop-up cards Photoshop marketing
Wooden train design Wooden accessory box
Bio-mimicry design Graphic Drawing skills
Robotics design

Cooking and Nutrition
Students learn a variety of practical culinary skills in Years 7, 8 and 9. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of ingredients, equipment, processes, nutrition and current health issues.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Food skills Foods around the world Take the rise
Active kids Fruit & Veg theory Skills 4 all
Intro to food Fruit & Veg in the kitchen Photoshop marketing
Healthy alternatives


The Design and Technology faculty also offer a variety of interest modules in Year 9 ranging from Formula 1 Engineering to Mediterranean Cooking

Design Technology is an optional subject at KS4. The Faculty currently offers the following courses.

GCSE Design and Technology: AQA (9-1)

GCSE Design and Technology involves investigating, designing, planning and making quality products using a variety of materials. It provides students with the opportunity to develop communication skills, problem-solving and show flair, imagination and creativity in a range of activities. The GCSE course also requires students to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. This content reflects the importance of Design & Technology as a pivotal STEM subject. The study of this course can lead to a future career in product design, engineering, architecture, and graphic design; it will develop students design and thinking skills that open up a world of possibility, providing the tools to create the future.
GCSE Food preparation and nutrition: OCR (9-1)

Key reasons to study Food Preparation and nutrition;


Exciting and contemporary – This course is designed to motivate students to develop the high level of knowledge, understanding and skills to cook
and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

Health and Wellbeing – Students learn about improving lives through better knowledge of food, where it comes from and how it affects our bodies.

Inspiration from around the world – Students explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.

Skills for the future – Progression into higher education and into a career in the food industry.

Students have the opportunity to continue their studies in D&T by opting to study Product design as a linear A-level. 

Course Aims

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 into practice by producing products 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.

As 50% of the course is made up of coursework, students who are able to manage their time effectively and have the ability to meet deadlines are much more likely to gain higher marks. The new specifications require an aptitude for maths and science and the transferable skills developed in Product Design are useful on any university course and are highly valued by employers.

Course Structure

        Paper 1: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles –

(2 hour written exam worth 25%)

        Paper 2: Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles – 

(2 hour written exam 25%)

        Non-exam assessment (Coursework): Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

(Substantial design and make task worth 50%)

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