Design and Technology

In Design and Technology students will experience a curriculum rich in challenge and excitement. We aim to introduce students to a variety of materials, processes and technologies. At each key stage students will produce projects that not only address the curriculum requirements but also consider their own and the needs, wants and values of others. Students are encouraged to take risks with their design work, to question and problem solve. They will acquire a broad range of DT subject knowledge, making links to science and maths and implementing this new understanding in a creative way. Students enjoy Design and Technology and gain much satisfaction realising their designs.

At Ark Acton, students have access to a wealth of new technologies and traditional making such as dye sublimation equipment, hand tools, laser cutter and 3D printer, which allow students to complete computer aided designs, through to manufacture, all of which takes place in our superbly equipped Design and Technology workshops, IT suites and Food room.


In year 7 all students are introduced to 20th century design movements such as Pop Art and Memphis design which then inspire projects based on mechanisms, geometric shapes and smart materials.

In year 8, with further knowledge of design movements, students explore Art Deco to create a project that interlinks multiple materials to realise a whole product. Students explore how materials respond to certain processes, enabling students to make informed design decisions. Within the year 8 project students also manufacture their own circuits and learn about alternative energy sources.

In year 9 students have the opportunity to design pewter cast gifts, such as jewellery and key rings. Students will design their desired shape using computer aided design, which will be further developed by embossing or debossing. Students will then go on to create the gift box through a process of bending and shaping materials.


The Design and Technology GCSE is assessed in two equal parts: a written exam, and a non-exam assessment, both based on Core Technical Principles, Specialist Technical Principles and Designing and Making Principles. At the start of their GCSE, students revisit the skills, knowledge and understanding covered during KS3 through a project that acts as a revision tool. Pupils will also undergo a modelling and technical drawing project, further equipping them for the iterative design process which flows through the NEA in the final year.


The Design and Technology A-Level offers a thorough understanding of high quality design solutions, students will deconstruct design to gain further insight into the wider influences, such as social, cultural, environmental and economical factors. Students will be assessed through written examination and coursework that requires students to manufacture and thoroughly record the process.