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Design & Technology

All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of Design and Technology. We focus on designing and prototyping but also cover areas relevant to Mathematics, English and Science. We operate a carousel system in KS3 and deliver projects related to the use of papers and boards, metals, woods, plastics, CAD/CAM and electronics/systems and control. Our aim is to prepare students for the wider world, to help them go on to make well informed choices as they go on to shape the future. We hope that students will choose to study a GCSE in Design and Technology but certainly we aim to show them how the theory they learn with us, and in their other subjects, can be put to a wider practical use. The Department is staffed by two specialist teachers, supported by an experienced technician:

  • Mr. M Button - Subject Leader of Design and Technology
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  • Mr. D. Goddard - Teacher of Design and Technology
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  • Mr. R Caulwell - Design and Technology Technician
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In Key Stage 3 students move through a carousel system, which includes Food and Nutrition, where they will spend approximately 10 weeks in each subject area, developing a range of Design and Manufacturing knowledge and skills which will help prepare them for work and life. These skills build towards Key Stage 4 courses.

Year 7

Graphics Module

Systems & Control

Product Design Module

Basics of Typography

The Design Process

2D Sketching

Isometric Drawing

Making in paper and board

Safe use of cutting tools

Measuring out and marking

Introduction to soldering techniques

Components and their functions

Systems: Input-Process-Output

Computer Aided Design

Using CAD to simulate circuits

Jewellery project

Understanding different Metals

Designing in CAD

Health and Safety in a workshop

Using metal tools to make

Tools & their uses 


Year 8

Graphics Module

Systems & Control

Product Design Module

Past & Present designers

Communication skills

Isometric drawing


Research and Analysis

Making in Styrofoam

Night light project

Introduction to Strip boards

Bread boards

On-board components and their functions

Systems: Input-Process-Output

Using CAD to simulate circuits

Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Understanding different woods

Target markets

Understanding surface finishes

Understanding different adhesives

Using wood and wood working tools

Further machinery and equipment

Year 9

 Design & Technology Module

System & Control

Health & Social care module

Designing for a client and an end user

2 Point Perspective drawing                                                                

Mechanisms and Motion


Smart and modern materials

Alarming designs project


Components & Control systems                                                      

Systems: Input-Process-Output


Using CAD to simulate circuits

Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Cambridge National Level 2 Course Intro

Early skills include an ability to recognise Physical, Intellectual,

Emotional and Social developments and put these into a time line

with appropriate age ranges. Also covering the Rights of

Individuals and care values and legislation.

Year 10

At KS4 you can choose to study GCSE Design & Technology. The course we offer is the Edexcel 1DTO specification. This course has two units; an exam and a N.E.A. project, each worth 50% of the marks for the course. The exam theory will tests students’ knowledge and understanding of all areas of Design and Technology; from a materials science understanding of woods, metals, polymers and fabrics, to environmental issues such as product life cycles and energy generation, storage and distribution. The Non-Examined Assessment, or design and make project, is based on a choice of tasks set by the exam board each year, this is introduced toward the end of Year 10. This is a two year course. Our current specialist materials area is papers and boards.

Year 11

In year 11 we focus on the Non Examined Assessment part of the course. Students have until Easter to research, analyse design, develop, plan, manufacture, and then test and evaluate a unique product. Students are expected to find and work with a client who will identify a specific need, which the student has to solve through the manufacture of a prototype product. This experience builds a wide variety of skills including: working to a deadline; working with a client or end user; communication and presentation skills and detailed manufacturing skills. Students are also expected to demonstrate how their knowledge and understanding of their specialist area has developed during the project. This work is internally marked and then externally moderated.


  • During Key Stage 3, work is formatively assessed in an ongoing manner and then summatively assessed at the end of each module. The final mark for each module is recorded and it contributes to their overall mark at the end of the year. We include self and peer assessment against a grade ladder of written descriptors as a part of our approach to ensure pupils understand how to improve their work. This grade ladder helps students to develop their knowledge and skills to prepare them for our GCSE course.
  • During Key Stage 4 we use the N.E.A. mark scheme and sample and past exam papers to monitor practical and theoretical progress. We use the N.E.A. mark scheme throughout to measure progress with the N.E.A.

Extra Curricular

  • The department offers extra-curricular support to all students at lunchtimes and after school. We also run a Warhammer modelling and table top gaming club.