Design Technology

Key Stage 3 Design & Technology

What will I learn on this course?

Throughout KS3, NCT students will experience developing their knowledge and skills within a range of D&T areas.  Each component will cover a range of Learning Aims which will be assessed through the completion of several assignments.  These are designed to inspire the students and to encourage them to understand and explore materials in our course components.

Students will experience all of the components at least once in the 2-year Key Stage to enable them to make an informed choice for Key Stage 4.

Equipment Required:



Pencil Sharpener

300mm Ruler


Coloured Pencils


Course Components

Resistant Materials – Working with hard and soft woods, manufactured boards, mild steel and aluminium.

Engineering – Working with metals on centre lathes and milling machines.

Construction– Working with timber and manufactured boards.

Technical Drawing/Graphics– Developing drawing skills and techniques to produce advanced working drawings and pictorial views of products.

Electronics– Exploring and designing circuits with a range of components to produce several electronic products.

CAD /CAM– Exploring how computer aided design and manufacturing can make useful products.



Casting, Photo frame, Nightlight, Torch, Mechanisms, Structures, Forge work, Carpentry, Concrete, Lathe work.



Students are assessed on the assignments they complete in each component and over the years will be assessed on each aspect of the Learning Aims.

Assessments will be used to track student progress, inform decisions about groups, potential KS4 courses and create individual targets which will raise student aspirations.

They will also be assessed on their ability to independently use tools and machinery properly, safely with accuracy.


Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Students will be encouraged to join the D&T club
  • Clear links to computing & ICT

Gifted & Talented Provision

Students are encouraged to exceed targets across Key Stage 3 using a course designed with appropriate extension assignments to prepare all students for transition into Key Stage 4.


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Key Stage 4 – BTEC Engineering

What will I learn on this course?

The Engineering option encompasses hands on practical manufacturing skills and techniques in Mechanical and Electronic/Electrical Engineering, along with the accompanying theory. Students are able to learn and develop the application of these important life skills in an environment which reflects a ‘real world’ working ethic.

In the first year of this two year course you will complete Unit 1: The Engineered World, this unit is an External assessed unit which will be assessed by an online exam. The other unit that you will complete in the first year is Unit 2: Investigating an Engineered Product.

In the second year students may have the possibility of completing either Unit 7 (Machining Techniques), in this specialist unit you will use the all the machinery found within the Engineering workshop such as the Milling machine, Centre Lathe, Pillar drill and various hand tools.  Or you may have the possibility of completing Unit 8 (Electronic Circuit Design and Construction), in this specialist unit you will learn about designing electronic systems, constructing electronic circuits using electronic building blocks, know how to populate circuit boards permanently and construct electronic circuits safely, as well as test and evaluate electronic circuits.

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Engineering

Core Units

Unit 1: The Engineered World.

Unit 2: Investigating an Engineered Product.

Specialist Unit

Either Unit 7 “Machining Techniques” (double unit) or Unit 8 “Electronic Circuit Design and Construction” (double unit).

How is this qualification taught and assessed?

This course is mainly coursework based with one of the four units being assessed by an online test (25% of the course).

What qualification will I achieve?

A BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Engineering (worth 1 GCSE)

Where will this qualification take me?

Students are actively encouraged to develop independent and team-working skills within this engineering scenario, placing them in an excellent position to progress into further and higher education or indeed, employment.

How can I find out more?

Either see Mr Peake ( or Mr Summerfield ( or email them for further details.


Key Stage 5 – BTEC Engineering

What will I learn on this course?

In this 2 year course you will follow a variety of units addressing both the fundamentals of working in an engineering workplace and taster units covering the many disciplines of Engineering.

Method of Assessment and Units

Units are assessed by a 2 hour written exam, a supervised 8 hour assignment design task which are both marked by the exam board and continuous assessments which are mainly assignment based.


  • Engineering Principles – Mainly mathematics and engineering theory, no practical.  Unit is assessed by a 2 hour written exam.
  • Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team – Exploring how processes are undertaken by teams to create engineered products, no practical.  Unit is assessed by assignments.
  • Engineering Product Design and Manufacture- Exploring product design and manufacturing processes, no practical.  Unit is assessed by an 8 hour exam based design task.
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits – Exploring the operation of electronic devices and their uses in circuits through simulation and practical exercises to build and test physical analogue and digital circuits, very little practical work.  Unit is assessed by assignments.

What qualification will I achieve?

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering – equivalent to 1 A levels.

Grades A-E (Distinction, Merit & Pass).

Entry Requirements:

BTEC Engineering Level 2 Pass (or higher)

DT qualification Grade C or higher

GCSE Mathematics Grade C or higher – an excellent understanding oh how to use GSCE Mathematics is essential.

Where will this qualification take me?

Engineering apprenticeships

University courses in Electrical, Mechanical or Structural Engineering

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