Design Technology

Design Technology 


The Design Technology department aims to give students the opportunity to build upon their prior Design Technology knowledge and develop new skills, such as hands on practical work, the design process, working with a range of materials/ingredients and being safe in the workshops/kitchens. During their time at Grace Academy, students will complete a range of different subjects including resistant materials and food technology. Pupils are given the opportunity and all resources to undertake a range of practical work in both areas to enable them to develop and extend their knowledge. 

Within DT we continually build on pupils’ prior knowledge and skills, linking learning back to areas previously covered in order to reinforce understanding. This approach ensures that pupils push their understanding and ability further in each area every year, building their confidence and skill set, therefor pupils feel better equipped when starting their GCSE studies and beyond. 

The department believes in helping all pupils to achieve their best grade possible and we offer a range of extra-curricular clubs in order to assist our pupils love of the subject and their understanding in accessing their best grade possible.  


Design Technology STAFF: 

Miss A North – Head of Design Technology 

Miss H Cole – Assistant principle KS3 (Teacher of DT) 

Miss A Richardson – Head of Year 8 (Teacher of DT) 

Miss N Bradshaw – Teacher of DT 



Pupils in Year 7, 8 & 9 will spend time in both Resistant materials and Food technology. Pupils will experience a range of products centred around building practical skills and theory knowledge. Pupils will be introduced to a range of modern equipment to help them create their ideas. Lessons are centred around pupils making a range of dishes and products with increasing skill demand, basics are covered consistently across all year groups to embed learning. Real life problems and clients help make projects engaging for pupils. Food aims to encourage pupils to develop their understanding of healthy eating through the use of recipes. Students will cook predominantly savoury dishes. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that learners are prepared for KS4 and beyond, whilst giving all pupils life skills. Students will be assessed by completing practical activities and theory assessments which will cover content from that topic, as well as previous units. 


Pupils can choose one of our GCSE options for the start of year 10. We offer WJEC Engineering Level 1/2 and WJEC Hospitality Level 1/2.  

WJEC Engineering allows pupils to complete hands on practical work to develop their making skills, development of technical drawing skills both by hand and on CAD Design and theory knowledge to enable all pupils to excel in examinations. We link back to pupils Resistant Materials learning from KS3 in order to allow pupils to access a new range of practical skills and understanding. Work in set in the context of real-life design and make commissions, allowing pupils to develop their understanding of a career in Engineering. Pupils will be assessed through a range of different methods including practical assessments, drawing assessments and ½ termly theory assessments that all build on their prior understanding. Pupils will also complete PPE examinations to help track pupils progress and identify any interventions requirements.  

WJEC Hospitality allows pupils to complete hands on practical work whilst developing their understanding of the hospitality industry and what a career in this area would look like. Pupils will study the theory behind how the hospitality industry work alongside their understanding of ingredients and creating a healthy lifestyle through what they eat. Pupils practical skills will develop not only their independent ability in the kitchen with a range of dishes cooked but also their presentation, storage and safety skills. The curriculum will build on their prior understanding from KS3 to help embed the knowledge needed to excel in their GCSE. Pupils will be assessed through a range of practical skills and completion of ½ termly theory assessments that build on their prior understanding. Pupils will also complete PPE examinations to help track pupils progress and identify any interventions requirements. 

Btec Tech Award in Health and Social Care (Level 1/2) allows pupils to develop their understanding of many areas of human development and care. Pupils will study three different units of work. Human Lifespan development – pupils will here learn how a human develops over time and factors that can affect or influence a person’s development. Health and Social care services and values will allow pupils to look at different care options for different users and the reasons behind many diffKerrerent care needs while also learning values of care that will serve them well in life. These two units are internally assessed and externally moderated. The final unit Health and wellbeing is an external exam and this allows pupils to develop their understanding of people’s health and wellbeing and how to help them improve their situation whilst looking at the factors that may hinder them. Pupils will also complete a range of PPE examinations and mock coursework in order to help track pupils progress and identify any interventions requirements. 

Year 11 students will also complete three sets of PPE exams in October, January and March to track progress & enable pupils to feel confident and as prepared as possible for the final summer exams. 

Revision guides 

Revision guides will be provided for pupils where possible for both courses.  



In Year 12 & 13 we offer our pupils the chance to study BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social care worth 1 A Level. Pupils will study: Human lifespan development, Working in Health and Social care, meeting individual care and support plans and Supporting individuals with additional needs. 

The optional units have been designed to support choices in progression to Health and Social care courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas: Care workers (child and adult), DoctorsMidwives, Social workers and many more different careers. Pupils will be assessed through a range of examined and internal coursework units, as well as completing a range of assessments and PPE mock exams throughout the year to identify strengths and intervention requirements.