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The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

Inspiring People;
Breaking Boundaries

Design Technology


Directorate Staff
Mr J. Collis
Mr P. Farrell

Curriculum Intent

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution."

The Design and Technology curriculum at The De La Salle Academy approaches the subject content from a Product Design perspective. Through the different year groups, the subject will also give students the opportunity to explore the many different topics under the vast umbrella that is Design Technology. This encourages every student to explore their potential and interests in a multitude of subject areas. With developing technologies and new sophisticated industries, design and technology has never been more relevant than today.

In the context of Design Technology, we look at the future and how we can shape the youth of today for the world of tomorrow. The ever-changing subject has always been interlinked with social, economic and environmental demand. I want my subject to inspire young people to reflect on their role in the future. Design and technology has always been a versatile subject, in such that it can appeal to wide array of people ability. For those interested in pursuing a career in engineering the subject offers academic challenge and interest. Alternatively, for those who are more practically minded, the subject naturally offers an opportunity to develop and expand on such skills. Whether a student wants to pursue higher level education or partake in apprenticeship, Design Technology offers the opportunity to do both.

We aim to challenge students to recognise the reason behind why product design is an intricate part of our society and how, through research and investigation we give the students insight into how product design shapes the industry. Through an iterative design process, the students will be able to use their evaluative problem solving skills and creativity to design and manufacture their own product. We strive to ensure that all students participate in a variety of practical and theory lessons. This gives the students the opportunity to test their skills across the subject. Students will engage in iterative design. This is a design methodology based on a cyclical process of prototyping testing analysing and refining the product.

Our pupils are part of the community of Lasallians and with this community comes its education-based core values. We believe that our subject can shape our students’ perspectives to have a positive impact on society and the environment. We believe that our students will leave school equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to continue their life as good citizens with the potential to live by the Lasallian core values.

Curriculum Implementation








Year 7


The Year 7 course is the initial skills building for Design Technology. The intention is to expose students to the world of design and technology. The students experience variety of subject content and workshop exercises.


  • Health & Safety: students will learn about the different Health and Safety icons and practice within the workshop environment.
  • Materials: Students are introduced to concept of materials. They will learn about their varying uses and properties
  • Research & Investigation: Students are introduced to basic research and investigation skills. The intention is to inspire their design ideas based off existing products
  • Generating Design Ideas - Sketching: To explore drawing techniques through the use of oblique and isometric views. The skill to materialise concept ideas
  • Aesthetics: Students learn how to consider Aesthetic quality through design movements, themes and a variety of finishing techniques
  • Design Key Words: Students will learn the key design words associated with analysis. For example ACCESSFM.
  • Workshop Practical: Students utilise workshop skills to manufacture a greeting project interlinked with Aesthetics.
  • Evaluation: Students will begin to develop the evaluative skills by looking at their own project and assessing its positives and negatives.

Year 8

The Year 8 course develops the foundation knowledge established in year 7. Students are encouraged to expand on independent work and approach content with a creative perspective. They will explore more influences of design such as anthropometrics and ergonomics. They will investigate the design process in more detail and utilise design development.


  • Hand Tools: Students will explore the use of a multitude of hand tools such as Coping and Tenon saws.
  • Material Properties: Students develop their knowledge of material properties and are introduced to concept of smart materials. They will learn about the potential of these modern materials.
  • Motion:
  • Research & Investigation: Students will investigate using a variety of key words to focus their research.
  • Generating Design Ideas - Models: Students are to progress their design techniques through the use of 3D modelling. Progressing their design development
  • Ergonomics: Designing with a purpose and understanding the consideration of human dimensions into product design
  • Workshop Practical – Spinning Top Toy: Students utilise workshop skills to manufacture a Spinning Top Toy interlinked with Ergonomics
  • Evaluation: Students will develop their evaluative skills by incorporating the key words associated with design.

Year 9

The Year 9 course focuses on expanding the pupils’ theoretical understanding of Design and Technology. They will explore more in-depth mechanical concepts associated with the subject. Furthermore they will explore the ethical implication of the importance of a designer’s role in society. Students will investigate how designers’ choices may have positive or negative impacts on the environment.


  • Joints: Year 9 will be introduced to a multitude of vary wood joints. They will then create project using a butt and finger joint.
  • Mechanisms: Students will explore the concept of mechanisms. They will learn of mechanical advantage and various basic mechanisms such as Levers, Cams and Linkages.
  • Research & Investigation: Students will expand their investigation beyond existing products. They will utilise independent learning to help inspire their own design.
  • Generating Design Ideas - CAD: Students will explore potential of 3D design through CAD. This will result in digital design that can be incorporated into CAM
  • Environment: Students learn about DT connection to the environment. They will learn about new and emerging trends within the industry to create a more sustainable future
  • Workshop Practical – Cam Toy: Students utilise workshop skills to manufacture a greeting project interlinked with Mechanisms
  • Evaluation: Students will develop their evaluative skills through analysing existing products and group analysis activities. These will be inspired by a specification.

Year 10

The Year 10 course is the expansion of knowledge learnt in Key Stage 3. The students will further develop their knowledge with a year focusing on curriculum content. This theory based year helps build the platform of information needed for the two hour exam to be completed in Year 11.


  • New & Emerging Technologies: As part of the iterative design process, students will continuously analyse and evaluate their work, using their decisions to improve outcomes. This should include defining requirements, analysing the design brief and specifications along with the testing and evaluating of ideas produced during the generation and development stages
  • Energy Generation & Storage: Students will learn about fossil fuels, nuclear power and renewable resources.
  • Ecological & Social Footprint: Students will learn about the Social & Ecological issues in the design and manufacture of products. They will also learn about the 6 R's
  • Systems approach to designing: Students will learn about electronic and mechanical systems and their relationship with input, process and output.
  • Using and Working with materials: Students will learn the properties of materials; the modification of properties for specific purposes and how to shape and form using cutting, abrasion and addition
  • Practice NEA: The students will work on a practice NEA that will reflect the work needed for Year 11 NEA coursework.

Year 11

The Year 11 course concludes the GCSE course with the completion of NEA coursework and an Exam. Students will utilise all their previous learning to complete the required tasks needed to achieve a GCSE in Design and Technology.  


  • NEA - Identifying and investigating design possibilities: Students will identify design possibilities, investigate client needs and wants and factors including economic and social challenges. Students will also use the work of others (past and/or present) to help them form ideas.
  • NEA - Producing a design brief and specification: Based on conclusions from their investigations, students will outline design possibilities by producing a design brief and design specification. Students should review both throughout the project.
  • NEA - Generating design ideas: Students will explore a range of possible ideas linking to the contextual challenge selected. Ideas address the contextual challenge selected.
  • NEA - Realising design ideas: Students will work with a range of appropriate materials/components to produce prototypes that are accurate and within close tolerances. The prototypes will be constructed through a range of techniques, which may involve shaping, fabrication, construction and assembly.
  • NEA - Analysing and evaluating: As part of the iterative design process, students will continuously analyse and evaluate their work, using their decisions to improve outcomes. This should include defining requirements, analysing the design brief and specifications along with the testing and evaluating of ideas produced during the generation and development stages
  • Design & Technology 2 hour Exam: Finally the students will utilise their previously learned knowledge and apply it to a 2 hour DT exam that is split into 3 sections.

Curriculum Impact

Each unit of work finishes with an end of unit assessment in order to indicate where each student is currently working at. Students will have access to the assessment sheet whilst completing the assessment which sets the criteria they need to reach. Students will make improvements of these assessment based on the feedback they have received.

Students will complete homework each term which will also be assessed.

Examination Information

Resistant Materials
Contact: Mr J. Collis
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Specification Code: 8552
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