Design & Technology Curriculum2018-11-26T10:11:49+00:00

The Design & Technology Curriculum

In the Design and Technology Department we believe design and technology gives young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology.

They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them.  

Key Stage 3 Design

Year 7

Students begin their design journey! They will rotate between three subjects to give them a taste of each subject.

Product Design

Students will start with projects to get them thinking about the designed world around them and begin designing themselves. It will focus on four main elements with design, making, evaluating and knowledge being at the centre of each project. They will begin with a design tasked based around Temple Moor High School its self! They will pass through a mini design cycle to create functioning torch aimed at temple moor students. This will give them a taste of a range of skills including 3D CAD, modelling and a laser cutter.


In Year 7 Textiles students will begin to use a range of textiles techniques to make real life products. Throughout the year students will focus on four main elements; design, make, evaluate and to understand knowledge; this will be at the centre of each project. Year 7’s textile brief is to make a cushion for Leeds Art Gallery, therefore the students have to think carefully about their target market to make a successful product. Students will learn new skills as well as develop old such as embroidery, felt pens and working with sewing machines.


In Year 7 Food students will learn the basic skills and knowledge needed for food preparation. They will follow a ‘healthy eating’ based scheme, where they will learn about balanced diets and the key nutrients needed to be healthy. Over the school term, in which they have their Food Technology rotation, students will learn about health, safety and hygiene in the kitchen, different methods of heat transfer and how to use a range of kitchen equipment. Furthermore, they will have opportunity to sensory analyses and evaluate food product and cook a range of healthy food.

Year 8

Year 8 is a progression year and students will now have selected a mini option giving them more time to develop the skills they need and work on more challenging projects.

Product Design

Students will begin with a focus on sustainability with this project. They will plan and make a sustainable sweet dispenser with a focus on mechanisms. Students will manufacture this project using a range of materials and process in line with industry practises. They will also focus on designing for a client to prepare them for KS4.


Students will develop their existing skills learnt throughout Year 7 and learn new such as wax batik and machine embroidery. Throughout the year students will focus on four main elements; design, make, evaluate and to understand knowledge; this will be at the centre of each project. Year 8’s textile brief is to make a cushion for Leeds Art Gallery therefore the students have to think carefully about their target market to make a successful product.

In Year 8 students will build upon their skills learnt in Year 7 with a focus on ‘cultural foods’. They will revisit balanced diets and the key nutrients needed for healthy living, also learning about a wide range of specific dietary needs, target groups and life stages.

Students will take more ownership of their practical work with opportunity to choose and plan their own meals as well as enhance their technical skills. With a cultural foods theme, students will learn about the characteristics of different foods and where the food they eat comes from.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Product Design

This product course will build upon prerequisite knowledge they have gained in KS3. Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors. They will be able to design and create a product/system for a problem they have identified.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

A fresh and exciting subject equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food commodities and kitchen safety. This course will inspire and motivate students, opening their eyes to a world of career opportunities and build essential life skills. Students will build a depth knowledge about food nutrition and the functional properties of ingredients. They will develop and plan dishes to meet specific dietary needs, investigate ingredients from across the globe, sensory test foods as well as learn a wide range of technical skills and processes.

BTEC Construction and the Built Environment

BTEC Firsts in Construction and the Built Environment can help you take your first steps towards a career in the construction industry. You’ll learn essential skills in carpentry and joinery to building design and more. The subject is assessed over 4 units with one unit being an external exam. The idea is to give you a taste of various careers from a quantity surveyor to architect to joinery.

BTEC Art & Design with a Focus on Textiles

In BTEC Textiles you are encouraged to explore a range of techniques, processes and materials with particular interest in colour, pattern and surface decoration. You will have a great range of opportunity and freedom to work with a range of art and textile media. You will develop techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, machine stitch and hand stitch. Throughout your time on the course you will make connections to the work of textiles, artist and fashion designers.

Key Stage 5

The Design Department offers courses in a range of Post 16 options.

Textiles (Art & Design)

Textile Design is a versatile discipline that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabrics for different purposes. Textile designers are expected to work in a multi-disciplinary way to create ideas, concepts, materials and techniques for different applications; for example in fashion and clothing, there are specialised areas such as lingerie, nightwear, sportswear, accessories or innovative clothing for theatre or film production. Technological innovation in textile development is used increasingly to produce specialist fabrics, which can be protective, fireproof, waterproof, or performance enhancing.

Product Design (3D)

This subject builds upon knowledge in KS3 and 4, it helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The subject is 50 coursework in order to recognize the importance of practical work within this subject.

Career Pathways

Design skills and the ability to visualize new ideas can be useful in many job families such as marketing, sales and advertising, arts crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing.

This A Level is welcomed by many universities when applying for courses such as architecture and many more….


If you wish to find out more about Design & Technology please contact Mr T Harmer, Programme Leader at:

Telephone:  0113 390 0770