Design Technology

Design Technology at The Misbourne is a rigorous and comprehensive subject. With a strong focus on iterative design, students have the opportunity to generate creative responses to a wide range of design challenges and get to realise their ideas through the acquisition of building and making skills.

Our intent within Design Technology is to nurture and embed life skills which can be utilised throughout life, allowing students to embrace their creativity while developing independent, self-confident learners. Our cultural capital opportunities will encourage students to appreciate the work of others within real-life situations, opening eyes onto the world beyond the school gates. Our ambitious, accessible curriculum offers set high expectations and aspirations across a range of specialisms to ensure students to go on to lead happy and successful lives. 

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Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3, students will focus on working safely whilst developing knowledge and skills using a variety of tools and equipment. Focus will also be on quality finishing of final products to produce successful outcomes. 

Year 7 – Sweet Dispenser 

The sweet dispenser is a design and make project using resistant materials to make a product. The product is a simple storage and dispensing device for hard candy, eg Smarties / M&Ms. The container consists of a wooden unit with a simple lever mechanism and a reused jam jar to hold the sweets. Students will develop designs for the container to enhance its appearance using recycled materials where possible. 

Year 8 – Speaker project 

This project continues to develop students’ woodworking skills and introduces them to basic electronics. Students produce a personalised speaker unit and continue to build up their knowledge of iterative design. CAD (Computer Aided Design) opportunities may also available in this project.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Design Technology Exam Board: AQA 

An exciting and creative course which sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating. Students must also demonstrate mathematical and scientific knowledge and understanding, in relation to design and technology. 

Design Technology skills are integrated into three core topics: 

  • Core technical principles 

  • Specialist technical principles 

  • Designing and making principles 

Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study or embark on an apprenticeship or full-time career in design technology industries. 

Department Staff

Mrs K Cato -Curriculum Leader and Food Preparation and Nutrition Teacher 

Mr E Clayton - Assistant Curriculum Leader and Design Technology Teacher

Ms  J Hawes -Design Technology, Art and Photography Technician 

Mr P Bates, Design Technology, Art and Photography Technician

Useful Websites and Resources

Subject Documents Date  
The Misbourne Design Technology Curriculum Map 06th Sep 2021 Download