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Design, Engineering & Technology Design, Engineering & Technology

Key stage 4
Year 9, 10, 11
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GCSE Design & Technology

In this qualification, students will learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes in a variety of different areas.

  • Paper & boards
  • Timbers
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Modern and new materials.

Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values.

This course will provide a solid foundation to future studies in the design and making sector.

It has a direct link to A level design and technology for students wishing to pursue a degree and career in the design industry or engineering.



GCSE Engineering

Engineering will develop skills and understanding which will be of use generally and as part of a progressive career path to further technical or academic engineering qualifications. This is a challenging subject that will use and further enhance skills learnt in Science and Maths, providing a practical application of these skills in the designing and manufacturing of Engineering solutions.

This course will allow you to design and make real engineering solutions in response to the needs of a client. You will gain an understanding of the different properties, applied finish and sustainability of the materials you use. This course will also include the use of computer aided design and manufacture and electronics programming to increase your skills in the use of ICT.



GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

The GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course offers students with a keen interest in food the opportunity to focus on practical cooking skills and to develop a thorough understanding of nutrition and the functional and scientific properties of food. The following five core topics are integrated throughout the course to embed the students’ knowledge: Food, nutrition and health; Food science; Food safety; Food choice and Food provenance.

Throughout the course you will learn to make a variety of starters, mains and deserts relating to different cultures and healthier living. The qualification will focus on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.


BTEC Construction

The practical aspect of the course involves elements of joinery, plumbing, plastering and brickwork. This allows students to gain experience of these trades helping to inform choices for further education. In addition, students will study design aspects of construction to enable them to plan building design or interpret existing plans.  All students will also complete a health and safety and site safety module to prepare them for the future.

The UK construction industry employs over two million people. Skills gaps mean that opportunities exist for many highly skilled support workers as well as for those directly involved in building. Edexcel's BTEC Level 2 First Award and Diploma in Construction is designed to introduce learners to working in the sector or prepare them for further study, such as a BTEC National qualification or an Appropriate NVQ.