Design Technology

For students to survive in a rapidly changing technical environment, they must have questioning minds and be able to adapt to new situations. It is vital that they are exposed to problem solving across all areas of Technology. This subject is a superb vehicle for problem solving and the acquisition of skills for life.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students are given the opportunity to develop their capability through assignments in which they design and make products, focusing on different contexts using Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Textiles. To give them a broad experience of Design and Technology, in Years 7, 8 and 9 students rotate around each of the subject areas:

Year 7Food TechnologyFood and cooking
GraphicsDrawing and computer aided design
Resistant MaterialsBridges and key rack
TextilesHand puppet
Year 8Food TechnologyDiet and health
GraphicsSoap making and packaging
Resistant MaterialsWooden walking animal toy
TextilesFish windsock
Year 9Food TechnologyMaking choices
GraphicsCharles Rennie Mackintosh mug sublimation
Resistant MaterialsMemphis clock
TextilesPop art bag

Year 7

Resistant Materials: Students are introduced to the workshop, cover all health and safety regulations and complete a number of small ‘design and make’ projects using a variety of woods, metals and plastics. They are taught how to use a range of hand tools safely and are introduced to the use of CAM.

Food Technology: Students get to know their way around the cooker before completing their ‘cooker driving test.’ They learn about different knife handling skills and cutting techniques and then complete a range of simple recipes.

Graphics: Students are introduced to a variety of different drawing techniques both by hand and using ICT. They go on to complete a design and make project looking at logo design and branding.

Textiles: Students are introduced to a range of printing, hand sewing and embroidery skills. They learn how to complete fashion drawing and develop their colour blending skills. Students go on to design and make Chinese lanterns using CAD/CAM.

Art, Craft & Design: Students are introduced to the core skills that they will require in Art, Craft and Design. They will spend a term looking at techniques and the Formal Elements of Art. They will then observe artists and work in a range of media to produce a Modroc mask under the theme of ‘Disguise’ and finally, their last project, ‘Bugs, Beasties and Butterflies’ will enable students to explore further artists and to develop and make an insect out of ‘ready-made’ parts.

Year 8

Resistant Materials: Building on knowledge acquired in Year 7, students complete a Resistant Materials project that incorporates systems and control. They look at different methods of joining materials and complete some simple electronics.

Food Technology: Building on knowledge and skills learnt in Year 7 students complete a number of more complex recipes based on the Eat Well plate.

Graphics: Students are introduced to the world of packaging. They investigate the purpose of packaging and design and make the packaging for a product. During this project students develop their drawing, ICT and workshop skills.

Textiles: Students are introduced to the sewing machines and learn basic machine sewing skills. They go on to design and make windsocks in the theme of sea life.

Art, Craft & Design: Students develop their prior knowledge of perspective, by developing it into the Skyscraper using 3 Point Perspective and they will create a Surrealist background, informed by contextual understanding of the Surrealist movement. Students will learn the fundamental skill of portraiture and observe the work of Picasso, before applying his ideas to their own designs. Finally, Students will work in 3D and be informed by Expressionist artists to produce an ‘Ugly Mug.’

Year 9

Resistant Materials: Students investigate clocks and consider different methods of joining materials. They go on to design and make a clock linked directly to a design movement. During this module students also use CAD/CAM to design and make products.

Food Technology: Students complete a range of practical tasks learning a range of new cooking skills and study Nutrition in greater depth whilst consolidating skills learnt in Years 7 and 8.

Graphics: In Year 9, students complete a mini GCSE style project looking at Charles Rennie Mackintosh. They use a range of more advanced drawing techniques to complete a packaging project. They develop their design skills using the computer and use practical tasks to make their products.

Textiles: Students look at different world cultures and the different textile techniques related to them. They complete fabric books demonstrating a range of different cultural techniques including weaving, block printing, appliqué, reverse appliqué, tie dye, and Batik.

Art, Craft & Design: Students immediately explore and develop their art techniques, by observing contextual shoe designers. They will then work in 3D to produce a ‘Shoe Shrine’ that has been informed by these techniques. Students will have the opportunity to observe and understand the work of political artist Banksy and produce a print in the style of his work. Finally, students will produce a final piece for Key Stage 3, under the title ‘Appropriation’ and explore their art techniques more independently.


Key Stage 4

Qualifications which may be obtained at the end of KS4:

  • GCSE Product Design - Textiles Technology
  • GCSE Product Design – Resistant Materials
  • GCSE Product Design - Graphics
  • GCSE Product Design - Food Technology
  • GCSE Art and Design

Course: GCSE Product Design – Graphics or Resistant Materials / Food Technology/ Textiles Technology (examination board – AQA)

The course is divided into two sections:

  • Coursework (worth 60% of the student’s grade) involves students creating an A3 portfolio and a product response to a brief provided by the examination board. Deadline for completion: early March 2014
    The guidance for the portfolio from the exam board is: 20 pages is the recommended length with detailed annotation and analysis throughout. There should be a correct use of technical vocabulary and language. There should also be correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation and work must be consistently presented all the time. The guide below should help show how many pages should be in each section of the portfolio:
    Research section - approx 5 pages
    Design and development - approx 8 pages
    Planning for manufacture - approx 3 pages
    Recording making and modelling – approx 2 pages
    Evaluation and assessment of outcome – approx 2 pages
  • Examination (worth 40% of the student’s grade) tests subject knowledge and understanding. This element is examined by a 2 hour written paper in the final part of Year 11 (May / June). Revision sessions will be timetabled during the spring term.

Course: GCSE Art and Design

Examination Board – AQA

The course is divided into 3 main projects: Japanese Art, Still Life and Portraits. It is complimented with smaller island projects such as: Victoria & Albert T-Shirt Catwalk Project, a mosaic piece, and a summer holiday Abba Richman photography project. These projects are designed to ensure a broad creative experience and a wealth of knowledge over the different disciplines that Art & Design encompass. Students must complete work to fulfill four Assessment Objectives:

  • Assessment Objective 1: Develop Ideas (ideas informed by Artists/ Designers/ Craftspeople)
  • Assessment Objective 2: Refine Ideas (experimenting with media)
  • Assessment Objective 3: Record (photographs & Drawings)
  • Assessment Objective 4: Final Piece

60% portfolio (coursework)
40% externally set assignment, with a ten hour examination to follow work.
The deadline for assessment to reach the examination board is 31st May

All Design and Technology subjects offer coursework and revision sessions after College every Thursday evening until 4:30pm


Key Stage 5

Qualifications which may be taken in the Sixth Form:

  • A Level Product Design - Graphics
  • A Level Textiles
  • A Level Art

Our Sixth Form is part of The East Northamptonshire College (TENC), which combines the strengths of Huxlow Science College, The Ferrers School and Rushden Community College at post-16 level. TENC offers a wide range of courses and opportunities to all students in the East Northamptonshire area, with an excellent tradition of examination success in A2, AS, vocational and applied courses. Full details can be found in the TENC prospectus.

TENC Prospectus

For queries about the Design Technology curriculum, please contact the Learning Leader:

Mr J Tufnailj.tufnail@huxlow.northants.sch.uk01933 650496


Meet the Design Technology department staff....
  • Mr J Tufnail – Learning Leader for Design Technology, Vocational Co-ordinator
  • Miss K Campbell – Assistant Learning Leader for Design Technology
  • Mrs E Wright – Head of Art
  • Mrs N Dube – Teacher of Food Technology
  • Miss L Broughton – Teacher of Textiles Technology, Pastoral Leader for Year 9
  • Mr A Meadowsmith – Teacher of Design Technology
  • Miss A Whitworth - Trainee Teacher of Design Technology
  • Mrs C Clutterbuck – Design Technology Technician
  • Mr G Thorley - Design Technology Technician

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