DT and Construction Curriculum Overview

Year 7

In Year 7 students are introduced to Product Design by learning skills to design, develop, manufacture and evaluate their product. The main focus of the study is to introduce students to variety of tools and manufacturing processes by producing a wooden toy. Students are encouraged to respond with original, creative and exciting ideas.  The unit of work is focused on developing student’s practical skills which will then be refined on in Year 8 and 9.

Year 8

In Year 8 students are introduced to three major 20th century Design Movements.  They are given a design brief to develop their own creative solution and manufacture a product inspired by one of these design movements. The project develops student’s skills in analysing existing products, designing and manufacturing. 

Year 9

In Year 9 students undertake a GCSE style project in order to build on their knowledge and skills and therefore better equip them for the Year 10 and 11 Design and Technology course.  Students are encouraged to use higher level analytical, design, manufacturing and evaluation skills.


Course Title:  GCSE Design and Technology

Awarding Body: AQA

Why study Design and Technology?

GCSE Design and Technology at Ramsey will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Our GCSE allows students to study core Technical, Designing and Making principles including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Course Outline

This is a design-based course within which:

  • The specification combines theoretical content with practical application.
  • The use of mathematical skills is a key requirement and is tested in the examination (15% of the written paper).
  • An understanding of underlying scientific principles is expected.
  • An iterative approach to designing is encouraged.
  • The acquisition of practical skills is still expected.

Component 1 Written Paper 50%: (Untiered) In Year 11 students sit a 2 hour written paper.  The paper consists of both multiple choice and extended response questions.

Component 2 Non Exam Assessment 50%: (Untiered) Throughout Year 10 and Year 11 students complete a single design and make task.

More information and the full syllabus can be found at:


Assessment Format

AQA (1-9) Design and Technology 8552

 The exam and non-exam assessment will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants.
  • AO2: Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose.
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate, design decisions and outcomes including for prototypes made by themselves and others, including the wider issues in design and technology.
  • AO4: Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of technical principles and designing and making principles.

What skills will I need to be successful in this subject?

To be successful in GCSE Design and Technology at Ramsey you will need to be committed to developing your knowledge and understanding of a range of designing, making, and technical principles. You will be expected to: carry out investigations and research with independence; complete practical and theory tasks including those, which need you to demonstrate a mathematical and scientific knowledge and understanding, in relation to design and technology. It is important that you have a passion for the subject and a desire to know more about designing for the future.

Possible Careers and Future Education

As well as progression to further education such as AS and A levels.  Studying Design and Technology could lead into any of the following: Graphic Designer, Games/Software Developer, Mechanical Engineering, Market Researcher, Product Designer, Construction Manager, Architect, and Tradesperson.