Department Information

Technology and Design

Members of the Department

Mrs K Turner (Subject Co-ordinator)

Mr J Mulholland
Mr M Millar (Technician)


Studying Technology and Design provides opportunities to tackle and resolve design and technological problems to meet human needs within a range of contexts, such as home, school, leisure, community, business and industry. You will

  • create your own product or system
  • work with tools and machines
  • use graphics, and other methods, to communicate your design ideas
  • make links between products and the impact they have on daily life
  • develop your decision-making skills
  • gain insight into related sectors such as manufacturing/engineering and the career paths they have to offer

Key Stage 3

Year 8

  • Greetings Card
  • Pull Along Toy
  • SolidWorks

Year 9

  • Musical Box
  • Cam Toy
  • SolidWorks
  • Graphics Skills

Year 10

  • Night Light
  • Clock
  • SolidWorks
  • Graphics Skills

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Technology and Design is an interesting and varied subject, which includes creative, practical and academic elements. The course consists of four units of work:

Unit 1: Technology and Design Core (Year 11)
Students study manufacturing, electronics, mechanical control systems, computer control systems and pneumatic systems and control.

Unit 2: Systems and Control (Year 12)
Students study electronic and microelectronic control systems.

Unit 4: Design Assignment (Year 11)
Students complete a design assignment. They must demonstrate their ability to design a product under controlled conditions.

Unit 5: Design Project (Year 12)
Students must demonstrate their ability to design and manufacture a product in Systems Design under controlled conditions.

Key Stage 5 (GCE)

From September 2016 the new CCEA specification is as follows:

Technology and Design AS/ A2 Level 

AS 1                Exam
AS 2                Coursework

Students produce one task, producing a practical outcome with a design folder.

50% of AS mark 

20% of A Level

A2 1              Exam
A2 2             Coursework

Students produce one task, producing a practical outcome with a design folder.

30% of A-level

Career Opportunities

The increase of Technology in society ensures that this subject will open up a wide range of career options, both academic and vocational, particularly in the field of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Sports Technology, Clean Technologies, Education, Construction and Management and Product Design to name but a few.

Materials engineer, Product/process development scientist, Technical sales engineer, Biomedical engineer, Manufacturing systems engineer, Patent examiner, Quality manager, Control and instrumentation engineer, Electrical engineer, Electronics engineer, Manufacturing systems engineer, Network engineer, Systems analyst, Systems developer, Aeronautical engineer, Chartered management accountant, Management consultant, Quality manager, Sales executive