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Course Overview


Students can study:

Key Stage 3:

  • Technology 
  • ICT

Key Stage 4:

  • Digital Information Technology
  • Design & Technology
  • Art Textiles
  • Hospitality and Catering 

Key Stage 5

  • Applied ICT
  • Product Design

Technology Overview

The Technology Faculty is an engaging and innovative area of the school. It is a successful area which makes a significant contribution to the overall success of the school.


We aim to develop our students into successful, confident, independent and responsible learners who understand the importance of designing and making and the use and application of ICT (Information Communication Technology).

We provide a broad range of opportunities and contexts for our students to work as individuals or as part of a team. In Design and Technology they develop knowledge, skills and creativity by investigating, designing and making products using a variety of materials in different areas. In ICT we generate students’ desire to understand more and make better use of digital tools encountered in life.

The Faculty continues to form good links with industry and higher education, allowing students to encounter the diverse ways in which Technology is developing and being used in society.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum works on a rotation system with students working in all areas of Technology. ICT is taught to all students at KS3.


BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology 

What will you study?
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment, including:

development of key skills that prove their aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data

processes that underpin effective ways of working, such as project planning, the interactive design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct

knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how data is used and collected to make decisions, virtual workplaces, and cyber security.

How will you be assessed?

Students will be assessed by internal and external assessment.

40% external exam on Effective Digital Working Practices

30% internal assessment on Exploring User Interface Designs

30% internal assessment on Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data 


GCSE Design & Technology

What will you study?

As a design & technology student you will build on the knowledge and skills acquired at KS3 - focusing on identifying and solving real life design problems. You will develop practical skills to make high quality functional products that meet the needs of your target market. The subject content is presented under two headings: technical principles and designing and making principles. Within each area, the content is further divided into core knowledge and understanding and in-depth knowledge and understanding. 

How will you be assessed?

The assessment of design & technology consists of an exam and non-exam assessment (coursework - 50% of the qualification).

50% of the qualification from one 2 hour written examination.
50% of the qualification the non-exam assessment.


GCSE Art Textiles

What will you study?

This qualification is intended for students who are interested in using textiles in a practical way within the context of the fashion industry and wish to develop skills and knowledge. This will prepare them for further study and employment within the fashion sector. It will particularly appeal to students who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.

Textile Design is defined as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched or printed fabrics and involves an understanding of fibres, yarns and fabrics.

  • Learners must explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through the application of techniques and processes specific to their chosen area of study of Textile Design.
  • Learners must explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary textile designers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of textile design as appropriate to their own work.
  • Learners must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through areas of study relevant to Textile Design.
  • Learners are required to work in one or more areas of Textile Design, such as those listed below. Combinations of these areas are also possible:
    • Constructed textiles
    • Digital textiles
    • Dyed fabrics
    • Printed fabrics
    • Fashion design
    • Installed textiles
    • Soft furnishings
    • Stitched and/or embellished textiles 

How will you be assessed?

Coursework is worth 60% and is one large portfolio of work that is built up from your best work created over the two years.

Controlled assessment 40%.

The exam is worth 40%. In January of Year 11 you will receive a set of external set themes to choose from. You will then have 10 school weeks to produce a set of work related to your chosen theme, including recording from visual observation, artist research, designing, developing ideas and practising with materials. From this you will produce your main piece in a 10 hour allocated exam time. During this exam you are allowed to have your research and planning work with you.


Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering

What will you study?

Eduqas Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering is the replacement GCSE for Hospitality and Catering, a very popular and successful option for many past students.

Students will follow an enjoyable, challenging curriculum, gaining knowledge of food, cooking skills and the catering industry. Both practical and theory work will be completed throughout this course. 

How will you be assessed?

The assessment of Hospitality and Catering consists of 1 controlled practical assessment (60% of final grade) and 1 written exam (40% of final grade).