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Woodbridge High School

Woodbridge High School


'Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.'

Steve Jobs

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?

 When questioned why students study Design and Technology, the overwhelming response is the love of creating / designing. It doesn't matter whether your interests lie in the creative designing side 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 two of the following products with the associated portfolio of evidence. - Decorated celebration cake, Designer perfume/aftershave bottle including packaging, Mechanical Toy and Acoustic Speaker.

 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 Product Design

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.

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

In year 10 and 11 students will undertake their coursework project with AQA (Controlled Assessment) which is worth 60% of the GCSE.

There is one exam (worth 40% of the GCSE) to be taken at the end of year 11.


During Key Stage 4, students can select one or more courses from:

  • GCSE Food Technology – AQA, (GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition with AQA from September 2016)
  • GCSE Product Design – AQA (or OCR for students who started their GCSE prior to September 2015)
  • GCSE Graphic Products - OCR

Key Stage 4 courses allow students to develop their technology skills to a higher level and to specialise in a focus area. Generally coursework (which includes students’ practical and portfolio) accounts for 60% of the overall grade awarded for the course.

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

GCE AS/A2 Product Design - Graphic Products (8GR01, 9GR01) – 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 two design and make coursework portfolios over the two years with a weighting of 60% coursework to 40% 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

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