Design & Technology

The Design Technology curriculum is based around Resistant Materials and Food Technology. Pupils study both subjects delivered in specialist rooms with specialist teachers. We focus on providing pupils with the skills and knowledge to work safely, demonstrate vocational skills, design creatively and produce quality products that are unique to them.

We take pride in the opportunities that our subjects offer and feel that they provide a valuable learning experience that will equip them well for the future. The skills that we teach are relevant to the world around us and could lead to studying vocational courses at college or employment. We provide pupils with the skills and knowledge to support them to become self-sufficient and able to become independent adults of the future.

We aim to provide an enjoyable, creative and stimulating learning experience, where our pupils combine practical and design skills with knowledge based learning. We aim to create confident pupils who are able to become independent learners and successful individuals.

Resistant Materials:

Students follow a varied curriculum, utilising the department’s resources, allowing them to experience various materials and manufacturing processes. Students are given, and respond to, design briefs covering a variety of themes and produce high quality outcomes in a mixture of materials.


Pupils work through a variety of projects developing a range of practical and communication skills. A number of design and make activities are used to build the skills of the students.

All pupils study Entry Level Design and Technology: Resistant Materials which consists of the following units:

Externally-set Assessment Task: Compulsory Unit 1 – Health and Safety in Design and Technology

Externally-set Assessment Task: Compulsory Unit 2 – Evaluating Existing Products

Unit 7 – Design and Make a Wooden Product

Unit 8 – Design and Make an Acrylic Product

Unit 9 – Design and Make Metal Product


At KS4 pupils study GCSE Resistant Materials or BTEC Construction

GCSE Resistant Materials:

Controlled Assessment builds on work done in Key Stage 3, and students are expected to work independently on projects, utilising the properties of appropriate materials and the department’s equipment and facilities.

During the course they will study the following topics:

  • Designing, planning and manufacturing: Combining, processing and preparing materials for manufacture.
  • Materials and components: their classification, working properties and uses
  • Design and market influences; Consumer choice and consumer rights; Social, cultural, moral and environmental issues related to the design and production of products
  • Industrial and commercial products and the work of past and present designers

During the course they will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of resistant materials
  • Experience and develop skills of a practical nature relevant to the solving of problems through designing, planning and making with resistant materials
  • Develop an understanding of the safe application of appropriate tools, equipment and machinery

The examinations board and syllabus details for this course are:

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G.

Unit 1 – Written Paper (45501): 2 hours 120 marks – 40%

Candidates answer all questions in two sections

Pre-release material issued

Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice (45502): Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%

Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks.

Finished GCSE Work:


BTEC Construction

This is a Technical Award within the Construction sector and is broadly equivalent in size to one GCSE. It is designed for pre-16 students working at level 1. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the sector, enabling students to develop and apply their knowledge while also acquiring a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

The portfolio-based approach to assessment also supports the development of communication skills, critical skills of analysis, team-working, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, accurately completing tasks and processes and study skills such as research and time management.

Pupils will study some of the following Units:

Unit 1: Producing a Timber Product

Unit 15: Developing Joinery Skills

Unit 10: Health and Safety and Welfare in Construction

Unit 16: Developing Construction Painting Skills

Unit 17: Developing Construction Decorating Skills

Unit 2: Decorating Household Goods

For more information on the curriculum at Woodlands School please contact Jules Taylor on 01939 232372 or

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