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Departmental vision and aims:  To provide opportunities to develop creative thinking and problem solving skills through, designing, research, communicating and manufacturing.

Staff:  Mrs J Irvine (Head of Department), Mr L. Kelly, Mr J Pollock, Mr G Robinson, Miss A Stewart Technician: Mr M Angus

Learning objectives: 

Key stage 3: Promote creativity and problem solving skills, helping individuals appreciate their own and others achievement’s through research, investigation and evaluation of products.

Year 8 Units of study 

Health and Safety – Introduction to the importance of working in a safe manner in the workshop.

Tray Puzzle – Introduction to the workshop and to develop skills manufacturing Plastic and MDF. 

Pull Along Toy- Developing the use of Mathematical skills in accurate marking out to make a traditional style child’s toy in Redwood. 

USB holder – Developing students understanding of product design and maximising best use of material in a production setting.

Year 9 Units of study

Health and Safety – Revision of work covered in Y8. Working with others  a safe manner in the workshop

Key Rack Project – Development of skills in accurate measurement and working and shaping wood.

Phone Holder -  Developing creativity, use of maths and manufacturing a prototype with the influence of product design. 

Year 10 Units of study 

Trinket Box – Developing students understanding and manufacturing skills of a range of joining techniques used on wood. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their skills on metal work using the metal lathe. 

Novelty Clock Design – An opportunity to develop designing skills and make use of techniques and processes experienced in years 8 and 9.  Each pupil will make a unique clock design to demonstrate their skills in producing a final product from a developed design concept. 

Key stage 4: GCSE

AQA GCSE Design and Technology

CCEA Construction – Building and Environment

CCEA –Construction – Occupational Studies 


AQA GCSE Design and Technology

 GCSE Technology 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’s.

Written Exam – 2 hours - 50% of the course

NEA – (Non-Exam Assessment) 30 -35 hours approx. - 50% of the course


CCEA  GCSE Construction – Building and Environment

This course encourages students to develop their knowledge of the construction industry and the built environment. They then apply this knowledge in relevant and work-related contexts. They learn to interpret drawings of domestic buildings and explore the materials and sustainable methods used in domestic and commercial construction. The specification also helps students to appreciate the importance of health and safety in the construction industry. 

To enhance their practical skills, students complete a craft project based on woodwork, brickwork or blockwork. They also develop their computer aided design (CAD) knowledge, understanding and skills by producing a portfolio of work. 

The specification has four units:

• Unit 1: Introduction to the Built Environment - 20%

• Unit 2: Sustainable Construction - 30%

• Unit 3: The Construction Craft Project - 25%

• Unit 4: Computer Aided Design in Construction - 25%


CCEA –Construction – Occupational Studies 

Occupational Studies can provide a hands-on approach to learning. What makes it different is its focus on particular kinds of knowledge, understanding and skills, providing the potential for learning in important ‘out-of-school’ context. 

Occupational Studies encourages learners to be motivated and inspired by allowing a broad, coherent and satisfying course of study.  It gives them opportunities to sample work-learned learning within coherent occupational contexts and to develop their skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.  It should also prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and careers. 

Year 11 – Course of Study – Bench Joinery

Year12 – Course of Study – Carpentry and Joinery 


Key stage 5: AS/A2 Level 

Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating Technology impacts onto today’s world.  They will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client/end user.

Edexcel GCE Product design

Written examination 2 hours 30 minutes – 50% of the course 120 marks

Non exam Assessment – 50% of the course 120 marks

Subject/Departmental pupil  achievements: 

Winners of North Down Schools ‘Design a bench for life’

Winners and runners up in the Queens university ‘build a bridge’ challenge


Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities:

After School Technology Club for Junior School
Revision Clinics for Senior School

Educational visits and trips:  Coca Cola Lisburn, Wrightbus Ballymena, Denroy Plastics 

Subject/Departmental multimedia resources:  Focus On software for Design and Materials Processes and Properties, Google Classroom, iPads, Interactive White Boards

Facilities:  The Technology department is located on the ground floor within G block. It comprises of five fully equipped practical workshops linked to five planning rooms with access to two computer suites.

Subject revision resources: Google Classroom. Clinics for KS4 and 5 after school.

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