Design & Technology​

Head of Department:Mr A Bolger

The individual specialisms found within the Faculty share a common philosophy in the delivery of the Key Stage 3 Design & Technology curriculum, with special emphasis placed upon students creating high quality outcomes in a variety of material areas. In Year 9, students opt to focus on a specific material area of their choice including Product Design, Food or Textiles. This allows a greater depth of skills and knowledge to be achieved as a foundation for further learning should they continue the subject at GCSE.
At Key Stage 4, students can follow a full GCSE course in the following areas:

  • Product Design 3D Design
  • Textile Design
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition

Alongside these is a Level 1/ 2 vocational qualification offered in:

  • Hospitality & Catering

If a Level 2 is achieved in this qualification, this is broadly equivalent to GCSE. It is most suitable as a foundation for further study, providing learners with a core depth of knowledge of this sector and a range of specialist and general skills, including an array of practical food preparation skills.
Post-16 courses are offered in Product Design and Textile Design at A Level. These are essential qualifications in order to access further design courses at degree level.
The faculty enjoys an excellent reputation for being at the forefront of developments in delivering courses appropriate to the needs of students entering a world of technological innovation. From Year 7 onwards students are actively encouraged to solve real problems through the process of designing and making.
Our students regularly achieve success in local and national competitions including: NYBEP Engineering Inspirations and the Harrogate DT Rotary Tournament.