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Curriculum: Design Technology Key Stage 4


At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study Design Technology through a variety of courses.

GCSE Design Technology

This course introduces students to a wide range of subject specific skills during Year 10, allowing students to build on their KS3 knowledge and develop skills when working with a range of materials, equipment and processes, creatively and with increased accuracy. Students will learn about all the material areas covered in KS3 and will study timber and polymer material areas to greater level, for the final exam in Year 11. The GCSE qualification is assessed by an examination (worth 50% of the GCSE) and a non-examination assessment project (also worth 50% of the GCSE) where students work on an extended design brief provided by the exam board.

BTEC Tech Award Engineering
V-Cert Graphics

These courses are designed to give students vocational experience of the subject area, preparing them for careers in the subject. Across the two years, students will complete modules that contribute towards the final grade. The modules are designed to give students a range of skills required to progress into either further education or apprenticeships.

For the AQA GCSE Design and Technology exam specification please click here 

For the BTEC Award in Engineering specification please click here

If you have further questions regarding Key Stage 3/4 Graphics, Engineering or Product Design please contact

Ms L Watts - Head of DT


Richard Lander School