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Design and Technology

Key Stage 3

During Year 7, 8 and 9, all pupils study Design and Technology for two x 1 hour lessons per week. They experience a range of "Design & Make" activities in a range of material areas including: Food Preparation & Nutrition, Material Studies, Engineering & Graphic Communication. In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet human needs. Pupils use computers, graphic and CAD/CAM software to enhance their design work and manufacture high quality products.

In Year 9, pupils have the opportunity to study tin detail, their preferred areas of Design & Technology from Term 3 until the end of the academic year. This helps pupils who are considering GCSE Design and Technology to specialise in their chosen material area and build a foundation of skills and knowledge to support them in their Level 2 qualifications.

Key Stage 4


The Edexcel Level 1/ Level 2 Technical Award in Engineering has been designed primarily for young people aged 14-19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a  relevant and up to date introduction to this area of study.

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • development of key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly
  • knowledge of key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design) and the interrelation of each in industry
  • knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project
  • knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief.

The technical award also provides the starting point of a route to employment at a junior level in a range of engineering posts. You can expect to work in a range of engineering settings, for example in the manufacturing, automotive, electrical and mechanical sectors. We also have the support of 3 local engineering companies to help deliver some of the content of the course and allow you to experience engineering in the real world.

Food, Preparation and Nutrition

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition

Across the two year Food, Preparation and Nutrition GCSE course, students will learn about the science and preparation behind food through both theory and practical tasks. Students will complete scientific experiments and will learn how to prepare a variety of challenging sweet and savoury dishes. 

In Year 11 students will complete their NEA 1 scientific investigation worth 15% of their GCSE, NEA 2 Food Preparation task worth 35% and an exam worth 50%.


Graphic Communication is defined as the practice of creating work to convey information, ideas and emotions through the use of graphic elements such as colour, icons, images, typography and photographs. This specification encourages learners to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding along with creativity and imagination. Learners show this through their responses to a range of visual and stimuli, much chosen by themselves in order for them to develop their own individual style. This specification provides an opportunity for learners to take a personal interest in why Graphic Communication matters and to be inspired and changed by studying an exciting and stimulating course of study. Learners have the opportunity to gain insight into the practices of individuals, organisations and creative and cultural industries. This specification also offers an opportunity for learners to experiment and take risks with their work whilst developing their own style. Students at RWBA will study branding, illustration, typography, packaging design, advertising and multi-media design,