Design Technology

Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. Secondary Design and Technology builds on the skills and knowledge children have already learnt at primary school. At its core, is creativity and imagination. Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.


Course Progression

Student Testimonial

"I would say design technology is one of my favourite subjects as you are able express and develop your creativity. I can transfer my ideas but also what I have learnt in lessons, directly into physical projects by designing my own product. I think the main difference between KS3 and GCSE DT is the fact that you are able to be more independent and express your innovative ideas more freely. I would really recommend taking GCSE DT if you want to show your creative side whilst learning new skills."
Danielle, 10 Demeter

Related Careers

Industrial design, product design, engineering, graphic design, medical product design, teaching, architecture, film set/theatre design, special effects development, property development and interior design.