Design Technology

Welcome to the Design and Technology Department

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Key Stage 3 Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an exciting subject that is always evolving. With its place firmly in the STEM community the subject enables our students to Design and make inspiring, rigorous, and innovative products. Design and Technology aims to teach our students the necessary skills to be 21st Century learners.

The subject is both an academic and creative, allowing students to develop valuable transferable skills. Students will make clear links between Mathematics, Science and Computer Science within Design and Technology.

Students at Copthall have the opportunity to study a full programme at Key Stage 3 covering Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles and Food Technology.

Students in Years 7 and 8 (KS3) will follow a broad curriculum studying all elements of Design and Technology.


Year 8 will have the opportunity to choose Design and Technology for GCSE. They will start their GCSE in Year 9.  If chosen as an option, they will build on the skills and knowledge with an emphasis on specialising on a preferred material and construction in Year 11.

GCSE Design and Technology

The GCSE in Design and Technology is an exciting course that gives our students the opportunity to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products.

Students will be encouraged to look at the work of a range of professionals and use their designs to influence their own.  


Useful Links

BBC Bitesize

Victoria & Albert Museum V&A

Design Museum

Fashion Textiles Museum

Possible Careers and Employment Pathways

Interior Designer, Architect, Set Designer, Brand Designer, Product Designer, Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer, Industrial Designer, Fashion Illustration, Exhibition Designer, Pattern Cutters, Trend Forecasters and more!

Programme outline Year 9/10/11

The Specification enable learners to investigate materials and a range of making techniques during Year 9 and Year 10. Students can then choose one specialist area of study for GCSE in Design and Technology as listed below for Year 11:

  • Product Design
  • Graphic Products
  • Textiles Technology

Students will build on their skills, knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 3. They will develop problem solving, analytical, communication skills, designing and modelling skills to produce 3D products.

Non -Exam Assessment (NEA)

Coursework/ Controlled Assessment - this is 30 -35 Hours approximately, worth 100 marks – 50% of the total marks

Written Exam

This is 2 hours written exam – worth 100 marks – 50% of the total marks

Design Gallery

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Year 8 Sweet Dispensers

Black History Month

DT Project work Year 11

Design Technology A Level Work 

Design Technology GCSE Work

Subject Documents Date  
YEAR 7 I CAN STATEMENTS 2020 19th May 2020 Download
YEAR 8 I CAN STATEMENTS 2020 19th May 2020 Download
Curriculum Overview Design Technology 20th May 2020 Download

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