Design & Technology


Ms L. Cottrell - Teacher ic Design and Technology

Ms S. Smith - Teacher ic Food Studies/Catering

Departmental Christian Value: Respect

About the Courses

Design technology is taught throughout the school in recently refurbished food studies and technology rooms.

The department's ICT equipment is linked to the extensive school network, students have access to a recently purchased 60w laser cutter which provides high accuracy cutting in a range of materials, along with 15 desktop PC’s and colour printer within a well-appointed multifunction workshop.  

Design technology is taught as an integrated subject in years 7, 8 and 9 (key stage 3). The separate subjects food & nutrition and design & technology are taught as GCSE option subjects in years 10 and 11. 

Design technology activities are based on both improving existing products and recognising a need. The design process is taught to students throughout all our projects. Our key ambition is to provide fun and immersive projects for the students to work on whilst students develop their research, designing, modeling and making skills.

Product Design

Our aim is to educate and develop students in:

  • The enjoyment of skilled practical work and achievement of excellence.
  • Safe practice in the use of tools, equipment and machinery.
  • Encourage and nurture individual creativity.
  • Engendering analytical skills and confidence for decision making in solving problems and managing projects. Understanding and using manufacturing, systems and information technologies.
  • Developing a critical awareness of the social and environmental impacts of design and technological activities
  • Critical appreciation of design in the world today as a result of the technological innovation in the home and at work

Foundation Course - Years 7 to 9

Design technology is taught to all students at Key Stage 3.

The foundation course aims to provide each student with the opportunity to experience design activity, solving problems and manufacturing solutions appropriate to their levels of experience. Working with a range of tools, materials and technologies, students have the opportunity to explore this area of interest which may then be furthered in their own time or chosen for examination courses.

Typical projects followed during the first three years might include competitive projects using simple vehicles or structures, device stand, ergonomic games console controller, pewter jewellery and packaging, designer desk tidy, tea light holder, clock, desk top light.

GCSE Course

At GCSE, students are prepared for AQA Design and Technology GCSE. This entails a core of study that includes design methodologies, materials and manufacturing technologies.

Students are encouraged to meet coursework requirements through carefully chosen projects and will follow a problem through designing, manufacturing, testing and evaluation. Time, staff and facilities are made available during and outside of time-tabled lessons. We have fostered a tradition at Cartmel in which key stage 4 students are encouraged to work on their projects after school on a regular basis should they so wish.

Knowledge, understanding and skills are tested by terminal examination, and design tasks.

Examples of these projects are usually very varied. We often develop ideas from the broad themes of "lighting" or "storage" - however students are encouraged to develop their own areas of interest.

Food Studies/Catering

For more information on the Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE course, please visit the food studies page.