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Woodbridge High School

Woodbridge High School



“With creativity being … one of the main drivers and wealth creators of the British economy … this is a subject that encourages young people to become designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and to satisfy their own ambitions, and those of the nation.”   Wayne Hemingway, Designer

The aims of the Design and Technology Department

  • To enable students to think creatively.
  • To develop an understanding of the Design process.
  • To promote students understanding of the impact of Technology in the modern world.
  • To gain an understanding of the impact of the past on the development of new products.
  • To actively encourage students to review and challenge concept design ideas.
  • To empower students to be critical thinkers.
  • To develop cross curricular links as appropriate.
  • To facilitate students development.
  • Promote and encourage team working.
  • To enthuse & inspire students to continue their study of Technology at University

Why study Design & Technology?

Young people with STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) qualifications are in demand in the job market and have good long term career prospects. A wide variety of industries rely on people with STEM skills. In addition to excellent career opportunities, studying Design and Technology allows students to develop a passion for creating, designing and problem solving. It doesn't matter whether your interests lie in the creative designing side, complex manufacture or the culinary skills, all students are provided with the opportunity to aspire and attain at a high level.

From Nigella Lawson to Norman Foster, the world needs creative designers, who can take a concept idea and work with others to come to final realisation, overcoming hurdles in their way. Can you rise to the challenge? Could you design the next bestselling mobile device?

The subject is lively and enjoyable, whilst providing you with academic challenges to ensure that you are fully equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow. The world we live in requires intelligent creative young people who can gather relevant data which they are able to analyse and process in order to evaluate and suggest constructive ways to solve design problems.

Unlike other subjects Design & Technology is the only subjective this is truly cross- curricula in its structure. Ranging from the investigation in to historical elements and tracking their development over a fixed time period, to the designing, planning and development of your final product, with the incorporation of science and maths in an enjoyable and fun manner.

The Design process which is followed throughout all key stages starts with the Design Brief and works its way through research/product analysis, design ideas, modelling and developments to final testing and evaluation. This approach ensures that students develop the required skills and confidence to actively participate in lessons.


Through the KS3 Design & Technology experience at Woodbridge High School, students will be provided with opportunities to combine designing and making skills to produce high quality products. In year 7 these products range from the design and manufacture of pewter jewellery to the production of high quality acoustic speakers and nutritional meals.

In year 8 students are introduced to systems and control and produce a night light which incorporates a light sensing circuit and LED lights, where the students have produced the circuits and housings.

In year 9 students are challenged further being asked to design and make the following products with the associated portfolio of evidence - decorated celebration cake, 3D board game, and storage design.

We have heavily invested in cutting edge Computer Aided Design and Manufacture Design and Technology, to ensure all students have the opportunity of experiencing the latest software, laser cutter and Rapid 3D Prototyping with our 3D Printer.

Students spend one term in each of the three main focus areas of Food, Graphics and Product Design. Systems & Control is not discretely taught but incorporated within the aforementioned focused areas.

Students will experience a mixture of creative, hands-on designing and making as well as having the opportunity to study design and designers throughout history whilst considering safety issues during manufacturing.

Early Entry Design & Technology

Early entry Product Design students will have a skills based year in year 9 that will enable them to work confidently and independently on their GCSE coursework and will gain improved foundation knowledge of the theory topics they will further explore in years 10 and 11.

Projects will be creative, fun, design and make tasks that will be a mixture of traditional skills, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM).


From the start of June in year 10 to the end of February in year 11 students will undertake their 35 hour research, design, make, test and evaluate project that forms their NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) coursework project with Edexcel (Controlled Assessment) which is worth 50% of the GCSE.

There is one exam (worth 50% of the GCSE) to be taken at the end of year 11. Students will study the theory content throughout years 10 and 11.

During Key Stage 4, students can select one of:

  • GCSE Design and Technology – Edexcel
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition – AQA

These courses are structured so that students get exposure to a wide range of skills and knowledge, which they are able to apply in the generation of their coursework portfolios.

The end of course examinations test students’ full understanding of subject knowledge.


Students can select the following courses to undertake for a two year study, prior to going to university or entering the world of work.

GCE A Level Product Design – Edexcel

Product Design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. This qualification emphasises two key factors: creativity and sustainability. The structure allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes that demonstrate their creativity, and apply these to a design and make project.

This course offers an exciting and academically challenging two years of study. Students will undertake a complex design and make coursework portfolio for a product of their choosing over the two years with a weighting of 50% coursework to 50% written examination. Areas of study include architectural and interior design and product design.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

At KS4 & 5 we offer a programme of study support sessions for all students. This provides students with an environment where they can reinforce their understandings and develop further.

Future Pathways

Students who pursue a career in Design and Technology have a wide range of fields to enter. Exciting careers that strongly benefit form qualifications in Design and Technology  are Engineering, Product Design, Architecture, Food Technologist, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Chef, dieticians, Media - Advertising; Marketing; Market Research; Television,  Entertainment - Special Effects; Stage Design; Costumes; Props, Desktop Publishing - Newspapers; Magazines; Photography, Construction,  Robotics, Manufacturing Processes, Computer Aided Design & Manufacture and  Teaching to mention a few!  

It is clear to me that D&T offers an unrivalled opportunity to inspire more young people towards a career in engineering and technology. Given the very significant projected talent shortfall in these areas … this is a hugely valuable subject.”

Dr Paul Greening, Director, Centre for Engineering Education, UCL

Design and Technology is a phenomenally important subject. Logical, creative and practical, it is the only opportunity students have to apply what they learn in Maths and Science – directly preparing them for a career in engineering”,

Sir James Dyson, Founder and Chairman of Dyson and Patron to the D&T Association

“Britain is great at engineering and needs more engineers. I am always optimistic about the future for engineering when I see great design and technology project work produced by young people.”

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Engineering UK

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