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KS4 Design & Technology

At KS4

The four courses we offer are GCSE Food Technology, Graphic Products,, Resistant Materials and Textiles Technology. These courses are created by AQA and cover a stimulating blend of traditional and cutting edge technology to suit our wide range of students. It will inspire students to become sustainable and global citizens by exploring their place in the world, the impact of products they consume and responsibilities to other people and to the environment. In Year 10 students are assessed internally with milestone pieces taking place throughout the year. In Year 11 students undertake a 40 hour controlled assessment task that is set by the examination board that equates to 60% of the final grade. The other 40% is taken from external examination.

Food and Nutrition 

This curriculum area is currently under review.  However, the exam board is AQA.


Year 10 Chocolate Bar Project – Students will respond to a brief set by a chocolate company to create a new chocolate bar including packaging. Students will learn about designing and creating complex packaging nets and also about the required information for food packaging. Students will also learn how to create a mould and the processes of layering a design on a laser cutter to create a 3 dimensional product.

Swatch Watch Project – Students will be given a brief to design and make a concept watch for a limited edition Swatch watch. Students will learn how to present ideas to a professional standard through using presentation techniques such as rendering markers. The outcome will include a final prototype and completed packaging.

Phone Sock Project – Students will need to complete a neoprene phone sock and blister packaging for a public attraction of their choice. Students will learn about sublimation printing and how to create an accurate blister packaging for their own product.

Year 11 GCSE project – Students have the choice of 8 different design briefs to complete for their final project ranging from creating board games to promotional standee’s for film premieres. Students will need to use the range of skills they have learnt in Year 10 to complete the project. Students will be required to complete research and preparation in their own time both in and out of school.

Textiles Technology

In Year 10 students prepare through practical and theory work to meet the demands of the Controlled Assessment and Examination element of the course. The projects in Year 10 include garment construction. This allows students to develop their accuracy in making and gain understanding of commercial production systems used in industry. They also have a practical project of other types of textile products such as wall hangings or children's fabric toys. This allows students to practise the surface decoration skills and progress these through combining and independent experimentation. Students also plan their own construction gaining the confidence in their knowledge.

The majority of Year 11 is devoted to Controlled Assessment. Students choose from a range of briefs so that they can work to their particular strengths. The knowledge and skills developed in Year 10 and earlier help students to work in a supportive environment through the demands of the controlled assessment.

Students who have enjoyed and been successful at KS4 can go on to study Fashion and Clothing at The MFG Sixth Form.

Resistant Materials

In Year 10 students complete a series of mini projects which allows students to build on further knowledge of materials, processes and techniques that could be used in the manufacture of their Year 11 Controlled Assessment. The mini projects consist of a ‘Small Decorative Box’, ‘Children's Coat Hook, ‘Alessi Phone Caddy’ and ‘Pewter Key Ring’. The 'Small Decorative Box' project allows students to learn about a variety of woods and their categories, wood joints and appropriate wood finishes. Students work with MDF to produce the box structure of their work. The students then use acrylic paint to finish the product and learn the importance of finish. CAD and CAM is used to produce a marquetry pattern on the top of the box with a variety of veneers to create very aesthetically pleasing products. The 'Children's Coat Hook' Project allows students to develop their knowledge on metals, working with metals and finish metals. They cut and shape sheet mild steel and steel bars. Students then learn how to dip coat their work to produce a very effective finish on metal. Students also learn an understanding of how to use other finishes such as sublimation printing and laser etching to improve their work. The 'Alessi Phone Caddy' project reconfirms students’ knowledge in 2D Design and how this can be used within their work. The project allows students to build on their knowledge of plastics and how plastics can be shaped and moulded. The 'Pewter Key Ring' project allows students to experience the process of casting and how effective this can be in producing creative and innovative outcomes through the use of CAD (2D Design) to create the design and CAM (Laser Cutter) to cut out the mould.

In Year 11 students begin their controlled assessment for AQA. Students are given a range of 7 briefs to choose from. Students choose from a range of briefs so that they can work to their particular strengths. The knowledge and skills developed in Year 10 and earlier help students to work in a supportive environment through the demands of the controlled assessment.


Course will be assessed in the following ways:

Unit 1: Written Paper – 2 hours – 120 marks –40%

Unit 2: Coursework and Making – 90 marks – 60%