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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 Year 10 and Year 11, 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.

GCSE Textiles: Art and Design

GCSE Art Textiles is an exciting course which focuses on leaning different textile techniques, exploring the work of fashion designers and textile artists. Students can base their work on any of the below categories:
• Fashion or Costume design
• Printing and dying textiles
• Interior design in textiles
• Embellished textiles

In Year 10 students will learn to create various textures through various mark making techniques. They will learn colour and proportions, pattern placement and how to develop their own ideas by looking at the work of other professionals. Year 11 will help to prepare them with the necessary skills to design, plan and make for their GCSE practical 10 hour exam.  

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 DT is available here

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 DT Food and Textiles is available here

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

For the BTEC Award in Engineering specification please click here

For the AQA GCSE Textiles: Art and Design 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

If you have further questions regarding Key Stage 3/4 Textiles please contact

Mrs L Downing - Textiles Teacher 



Richard Lander School