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Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3, pupils use a wide range of materials to design and make products. Pupils work out their ideas with some precision, taking into account how products will be used, who will use them, how much they will cost and their appearance.

Pupils develop their understanding of designing and making by investigating products and finding out about the work of professional designers and manufacturing industries. Pupils use computers, including computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) as part of the design and making process, whilst drawing on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum. The courses cover many areas, such as design strategies and concepts, product analysis, manufacturing processes, materials, components, systems and control, procedures and safety, aesthetics, computer graphics, computer aided design, Photoshop, ergonomics, environmental, cultural and social issues.

During Key Stage 3, pupils will be actively engaged in a variety of design and make projects.

Year 7

Taught in groups of 20 students for a duration of 1 term, the students move groups on a rotation, to enable all students to experience all aspects of Design & Technology at Chancellor's.

Main topics covered

Introduction to the workshop
Health & Safety
Motorised Buggy

Assessment Information

Homework will be set once a week. At the end of each topic, students will be formally assessed and a KS3 level given.

Year 8

Taught in groups of 20 students for a duration of 1 term, the students move groups on a rotation, to enable all students to experience all aspects of Design & Technology at Chancellor's.

Main topics covered

Product DesignGraphic Products
Health & SafetyTypography
Alessi & Memphis DesignersArt Deco Graphics
Contemporary Clocks3D Posters

Assessment Information

Homework will be set once a week. At the end of each topic, students will be formally assessed and a KS3 level given.

Year 9

At the end of Year 8, students will choose 2 Technologies that they wish to study during year 9. Students are taught in groups of 20 for 1 lesson a week for each Technology choice. At the end of Year 9, students make informed choices regarding their GCSE options, all students are encouraged to opt for a Technology to enable a varied, enriched, creative curriculum.

Main topics covered

Product DesignGraphic Products
Health & SafetyRising Stars
Puzzle Box Promotional Materials
Speaker Project 

Assessment Information

Homework will be set once a week. At the end of each topic, students will be formally assessed and a KS3 level given.

Year 10 & 11

Students are taught in mixed ability groups

Design and Technology at Key Stage 4 provides an opportunity for students to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of design and technology in a rapidly changing society.

Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities. They will continue to become independent learners whilst furthering their experience of analysing, decision making, designing and making.

Students studying Graphic Products will concentrate on making quality products using a range of graphic and modeling materials and new technologies. Students who study Product Design combine both resistant materials and graphics and modelling materials to design new exciting products.

Our courses are particularly suited to those who are creative, imaginative and analytical problem solvers, who can show initiative and work independently to design and make high quality products. All choices enable students to gain a wider knowledge of related manufacturing processes and they will learn about a range of Designers, Smart Materials and CAD/CAM.

Assessment Information

Throughout year 10, students engage in both Focused Practical Task and longer style projects. Assessment is ongoing and technology staff offer written and verbal feedback to enhance independent progression. Target grades are routinely shared with students to enable them to develop their skills and aim high!

Students study from the AQA Examination Board. There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G. This consists of:

Unit 1 is a 2 hour written exam paper, which equates to 40% of the student’s final grade.
Pre release material is issued to the candidate and revision lessons focus around the identified topic.

Unit 2 consists of a Controlled Assessment Project which is mainly undertaken in school. This final project is started in the summer term of year 10 and makes up 60% of the final GCSE grade.
The Controlled Assessment Project is the pupils’ own response to an identified need and is selected from a range of exam board set tasks. The student will cover the whole design and making process and they are encouraged to record all decisions and stages of their development.

Year 12 & 13

A Level Product Design courses at Chancellor’s are very popular, challenging and successful. Product Design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products - products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day- to- day lives and, most importantly, provide an opportunity to demonstrate design and technology capability.

The qualification places emphasis on two key factors: creativity and sustainability.

Pupils are encouraged to explore ideas of originality, to question and challenge, to envisage what could be attained and to achieve results that will progress their careers. Many pupils continue to study design at university, with Architecture and Product Design being very popular choices.


There are two distinct pathways which can be explored throughout the 2 year course. These are:

    CONCEPTUAL DESIGN – e.g. Packaging, products/industrial, vehicle, display. THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT – eg. Architecture, interior design, exhibition design, theatre sets, garden design.


60% - Internally assessed – Externally moderated

During their first year, pupils have the opportunity to develop creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

Unit one has changed from previous years to broaden the range of activities and opportunities, focusing on the development of a number of products instead of just one. The Portfolio of Creative Skills will include :

Product Investigation – One complete analysis and investigation of a product chosen by student

Product Design – a creative and adventurous design response to a brief either set by student or teacher. Viable solutions should be produced up to but not including the manufacturing stage.

Product Manufacture – make one or more high quality products using a range of materials and processes in response to design brief set by the teacher. Starting points could be a working drawing or an existing product to be replicated.


A 1 hour 30min examination, taken at the end of Year 12, which is worth 40% of the AS module. It is externally assessed.


During the second year of the A Level course, students apply the skills they have learnt to design and make a product of their choice.  To be successful, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution. The choice of design problem should have a real commercial use, in that it should be useful to a wider range of users beyond an individual, unless it has been specifically commissioned as a ‘one-off’. The student must identify a client or user group who will give informed feedback throughout their design & make process.

A key feature of unit 4, is that students must consider issues related to sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment. Sustainable issues include materials production and selection, manufacturing processes, use of the product and its disposal/recycling.

This unit is internally marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel. Students are given the opportunity to design and make a produce of their choice. This unit results in the development of an appropriate product supported by a design folder. It is important that all stages of the manufacturing process are photographed in order to evidence that the product is complete, expertly made, well finished etc.


This examination, taken at the end of Year 13, is worth 40% of the A2 module. It is externally assessed.  It is a 2 hour examination and focuses on innovation and sustainability.


  • Mrs. A. Clifford (Head of Technology Faculty)
  • Mr. D. McGowan
  • Miss. E. Bergman


The Technology department has 6 dedicated teaching classrooms, 2 of which are multi media. Each classroom has computers which allow students to work independently and use the many types of software applicable to each individual subject. All teaching classrooms have data projectors and speakers. We have recently purchased a new laser cutter which will enable our students to produce high quality professional products. This compliments the CAD CAM equipment that that is used extensively by students at all key stages.

Extra Curricular

Students who study Design & Technology at GCSE or A Level are encouraged to continue their learning by attending our busy Extra Curricular Clubs, which take place on:

RM & Graphics - Wednesday and Thursday after school from 3 – 4pm