Design & Technology

Mr R. O’Doherty – Subject Lead Technology

Compelling Learning in Technology

Design & Technology at Falinge Park provides pupils with a unique opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to realise three-dimensional outcomes. Pupils enjoy learning through making things and all aspects of the D&T curriculum involve practical elements; crucially these construction tasks are underpinned by a theoretical framework and an emphasis on design both by hand and the use of Computer Aided Design. All human activity has an impact and pupils will develop their understanding of the social, moral, cultural and environmental issues we face so they become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Department aims:

  • To establish a well ordered, safe space which is conducive to learning, is stimulating yet relaxed, where all pupils feel supported, secure and happy to take calculated risks
  • To make explicit the links between D&T and other curriculum areas, especially Mathematics and Science
  • To develop a set of transferable skills that pupils enjoy using in school and beyond
  • To develop pupils’ problem solving skills and their ability to work independently and in teams, unafraid of making and learning from mistakes
  • To enable students to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, in order to design, make, analyse and evaluate prototypes models and products

KS3 Design & Technology

Design and Technology allows pupils to explore their creativity using a range of materials and techniques. Students have the opportunity to design and make products that respond to a wide variety of problems within a range of contexts. In Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils experience a rotational timetable of the different Design and Technology subjects including CAD/CAM, Electronics, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Design Engineer Construct (DEC) is introduced in Year 9 as part of our rotation carousel which has a focus on careers particularly in the design and construction fields which helps students consider their option choices moving forward into KS4. Each rotation lasts approximately 9 weeks allowing for pupils to develop their skills in these different areas and an opportunity to experience each technology discipline leading to students being able to make the best informed choice for their KS4 options.

KS4 GCSE 9-1 Design & Technology

Students will pursue a course leading to the award of a GCSE 9-1 qualification at the end of Year 11 which consists of a coursework project worth 50% of the final grade and a final examination worth 50% of the overall grade.

Design and Technology will give students the opportunity to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. The students will be building upon and extending their existing skills and knowledge and applying them to real life situations. They will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. In addition, students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. Within the course the students will learn a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment including CAD and CAM. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. The course leads to a whole host of job and higher education avenues including Product Design, Engineering, Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior design, Carpentry, Manufacturing, Civil Engineering, Automotive Industry, Product Marketing and many others.

KS4 Level 2 Design Engineer Construct (DEC)

In our DEC level 2 qualification, we offer students to experience the Built Environment and Infrastructure through our ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ Learning Programme. Studying DEC offers a unique opportunity to grow and apply knowledge, develop competencies, behaviours and skills and access recognised qualifications leading to successful careers in architecture, engineering and construction.
Students of DEC advance their skills throughout the learning programme, including the use of modelling and analysis tools using industry standard software for building and infrastructure design. Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals, the themes of social, environmental and economic sustainability run throughout the programme. Learners discover how to minimise their own, and their community’s impact on the planet through role play and project-based learning.

The course comprises of an engaging project based on a live local construction development in which students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss various aspects with a range of professionals, guest speakers and industry professionals such as Architects, Project Managers and Surveyors. Not only will this provide a unique opportunity to discover and develop careers in this field, but will consist of 50% of the final grade with the other 50% on an examination based on what they have learnt throughout their project.

Cultural Experiences

D&T education encourages pupils to be creative and exercise their imagination. It encourages them to be inspired and use their insight as they develop ideas. Pupils reflect on their own and others ideas, and wonder about the purpose of human technological achievement.

D&T education encourages pupils to appreciate and reflect upon the aesthetic nature of materials and design involving a range of different cultures and people from all over the world while considering any environmental impact the manufacturing of products may have in today’s society.

Curriculum Map


Expert Assessment Summary

Key Stage 3 – for each carousel subject, students are assessed on three strands of Design & Technology where appropriate – Design, Manufacture a Product and an end of rotation theory test

Key Stage 4 GCSE D&T – 50% of final grade is coursework which is subject to continual assessment throughout project. During Year 10, students are given expert assessments on all key skills required for a high quality coursework including key skills in design, research, CAD and manufacturing. There are six examination theory units, all of which students will undertake an expert assessment exam.

Key Stage 4 Design Engineer Construct (DEC) – The qualification for this two-year course comprises of 4 large units (split into smaller components) with a final deadline for each unit in March, November, January and February respectively spread over year 10 and 11. Students are assessed at the end of each of these unit alongside regular knowledge checks on what they have learnt throughout their projects as this will form the basis of their final examination which will take place in February of Year 11.