Design & Technology


Statement of Intent

The purpose of the ADTV curriculum is to resource our students with powerful & purposeful knowledge/skills which, will give them the confidence to make a positive contribution to society. Our students are encouraged to explore & critically evaluate the environment & the world around them and understand the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care. We want our students to utilise the powerful knowledge they have gained to become pro -active citizens who can make informed choices and decisions. We also encourage our students to explore the connections between the arts and the technical subjects and understand how form follows function.

Curriculum map

All students in KS3 experience Design and Technology in the areas of Food& Nutrition and Product


final roadmap DT_



DT: product design

Year 7

key Question

How do you select the correct materials for a project ?

Investigating Materials : You will learn about the working properties of different types of materials. The names and uses of different tools & equipment, and how to draw using 3d drawing techniques. You will also learn techniques that will help develop your creativity


Core Knowledge

Core Skills

-Understanding the needs of a client

-Use of appropriate and accurate marking out methods when making

-Understanding  that different materials need different manufacturing processes , tools & equipment



CORE SKILLS:  identifying different materials

Selecting correct tools & equipment for manufacture

SCIENTIFIC SKILLIS    the life cycle of materials

MATHAMATICAL SKILLS be able measure accurately and calculate material needed.

INDEPTH SCIENTIFIC SKILLS identifying different materials based on their physical properties





Year 8


Key Question

Can we live in a world without plastic?




Sustainability: You will learn about the material plastic, where it comes from, the impact its use has on our environment and the choices we can make as a designer and consumer when dealing with the material


Core Knowledge

Core Skills

-Materials consideration and their impact on the environment

-Selecting appropriate manufacturing techniques

-Sources & origins of specific materials & components

Core Skills: Making informed choices

Identifying different types of polymers and their uses

SCIENTIFIC SKILLIS: identify key causes of pollution in our environment

MATHAMATICAL SKILLS recognise & use expressions in decimal and standard format.

INDEPTH SCIENTIFIC SKILLS understand the difference between a thermo & thermosetting polymers






In Year 9 students follow an Engineering and Product Design path as follows

Yr9 Product Design

Students follow units of work which include

GRAPHICS: understanding the impact colour theory & typography have on branding 

ENGINEERING: Understanding the impact of new & emerging technologies

PRODUCT DESIGN: Developing knowledge & skills in material selection & how to conduct a product disassembly


In Year 10 students follow either a Design & Technology path or an Engineering path as follows

Yr10 Design & technology

In Design & Technology students spend year 10 enhancing their subject knowledge and skills developed through Ks3 and add to their portfolio new learning in the following areas:

- Materials & their working properties

- Common specialist technical principles

- Designing principles

- Making principles

This will prepare them for the NEA Task in year 11. It is also in year 10 that we start to focus more in specialist areas in preparation for year 11.





Students complete Unit 1 understanding the engineering world and undertake both group and individual projects, which introduces them to the different sectors of engineering and the larger impact that engineering has on the world around them.

This is in preparation for the synoptic project in year 11. They also develop their portfolio presentation skills and prepare for their examinations which are taken at the start of year 11 (November)



In Year 11 students continue on a design & technology path or an engineering path as follows

year 11 Design & Technology

Students develop their mathematical skills throughout and complete the following units of study

  • Specialist unit 1
  • New & emerging technologies
  • Energy, materials, systems & devices

Students will also start their NEA an externally set project by the exam board


Year 11 Engineering

Students will sit their final examinations in November

And begin their Synoptic project from December onwards which is a project externally set by the exam board.

Through studying Design & Technology at Campion students are given the opportunities to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet the needs of various clients/ individuals. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments, Students learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. All in all we want our students to enjoy the subject and feel inspired to make positive changes to their world We aim to enable our students to become self-motivated learners who have the confidence to persevere with the challenges that they may face during project work, whilst at the same time not being afraid to learn by making mistakes.

Career Opportunities



Head of Faculty

Mrs S. Aziz