Teaching and support staff

Head of Food Preparation & Nutrition
Mrs T Powell
Head of Design and Technology Mrs T Powell (Temp)
Subject Staff Mrs C Cunningham
Ms S Shardlow
Mrs J Williams 

Faculty Aims and Objectives

Design & Technology does not only involve woodwork and metalwork but has an emphasis on systems, materials and processes. At Alsop it also includes the skills and science associated with food and nutrition.

Our aim in Design & Technology is therefore to develop students’ application of technical and scientific knowledge and develop Product Design skills and ideas to design and manufacture technological products to meet the needs of a variety of end users. We ensure all students experience each material area in KS3 and are challenged with a variety of tasks that will support them in establishing the foundations to be able to access a GCSE within the subject.


The Design Technology Faculty has a vast array of sophisticated modern and traditional equipment. Within the faculty we have; 3 catering rooms, 2 textiles rooms, 3 ICT suites, 1 construction based workshop and 3 product design workshops. Within these specialist rooms each one is equipped with interactive whiteboards and computers that include specific industry standard programs; Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Serif Draw, Yenka, Solid Works to mention a few. We use industry standard machinery and equipment with students so they can be prepared for a workplace in which technology will be increasingly important, including; laser cutters, 3D printers, dye sublimation presses, plotter printers and 3d routers.

Key Stage 3 Overivew

Food and Nutrition
The year 7 scheme of work has been developed to enable pupils to learn where food comes from, how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply their knowledge of healthy eating. The year 8 scheme of work has been developed to enable pupils to learn how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply their knowledge of nutrition. In addition, they will consider the factors that affect food choice, food availability and food waste.

Pupils will have the opportunity to make a range of prominently savoury dishes during these modules as well as designing their own dishes.

Product Design
Students undertake 4 projects over the course of KS3 using specialist tools, equipment and CAD/CAM whilst exploring a wide range of materials and their properties. Our new projects cover a wide range of skills that are instrumental to students achieving further success in KS4. Skills covered are mapped against the expectations at GCSE so students are better prepared. The skills covered include; programming and electronics, CAD/CAM, 3D printing, Graphic design, intrinsic design, risk taking, problem solving, design briefs and design influences.

In Year 7 and 8 students will complete two “design and make” projects, each developing their technique, machine and design skills. The students are given guidance in how to be experimental, creative and innovative. The projects are designed to suit a range of abilities and appeal to girls and boys. The projects develop a range of time management and making skills alongside basic life skills as they are able to sew on buttons or learn how to hem.

In Year 7 students will develop basic hand sewing skills and also learn how to use the sewing machine safely. They are taught about different textile tools and equipment and are also introduced to some fabrics. They will complete a ‘Technique of the week’ sample which experiments with a range of surface decoration including tie dye, block print, hand embroidery and using fabric pens, paints and crayons to add colour and design. Students use paper modelling to help them create as a unique flying or gliding product which includes these decorative samples.

In Year 8 students will extend their skills by working with a wider range of more complex designs and a bigger range of materials. They will be designing and making a puppet based on a character from “James and the Giant Peach”. The students use a paper model to help them to develop their designs and to produce the pattern pieces. The students extend their machine skills as they create a 3D puppet with clothing. They have the chance to develop it further as they can sample Smart materials for example thermochromics dyes and see LEDs being used in textiles.

Key Stage 4 Overview

GCSE WJEC Catering
During this course, students develop their range of cooking techniques. They cover a range of topics, including food poisoning, first aid, catering establishments, job roles, food from around the world and investigate a range of menus.

In year 9 students use the time to improve key skills in this area, develop their understanding of the theory and spend time experimenting with dishes that they are interested in.

Over year 10 and 11 they complete two pieces of coursework (60% of their overall GCSE). The first piece includes preparing four dishes using fruit and vegetables in an interesting way, culminating in the pupils showcasing their talents by making a two course meal from a country of their choice.

The majority of year 11 is used to focus students on preparation for their written exam (40%). Using exam-style questions for homework and practical elements to reinforce the revision students sit four mock exams throughout the year.

GCSE Graphic Design, GCSE Product Design, GCSE Textiles
Through the three year KS4 course, we have designed a scheme of learning to fully equip students with both the theory of the subjects covered and the practical skills required for them to be successful. Each course follows an AQA specification and we have tailored the projects according to the needs and requirements of the course, as well as feedback from students so that they can develop products that are interesting to them.

Creativity and originality are crucial for any student undertaking one of these GCSE subjects. Therefore high quality design skills and techniques are taught to enable students to improve on these fundamental qualities.

In year 9 there is a focus on a mixture of theory, design skills and practical projects, building up systems and methods of presenting work. We also ensure all students feel comfortable using equipment and are fully aware of the health and safety considerations in the workshops.

In year 10 we research and focus on the coursework which is worth 60% of the GCSE. Aspects of theory are taught alongside homework to support exam style responses.

Year 11 is much more focused on exam preparation and execution. Regular mock exams support the theory and learning taking place. As often as possible, practical elements are covered to support the teaching and learning, linked closely with short projects that support the theory. 

Level 2 BTEC First Certificate in Construction
This course is equal to 1 GCSE.  Students will study four units throughout the course, taught through a mixture of theory and practical sessions.

This qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways within the construction sector.

Students learn about the different types of buildings we construct, the different types of activities that take place within the construction industry, science and maths used in construction projects and sustainability in the construction industry.

Students will also learn practical skills in Carpentry and Joinery.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout the year there are weekly opportunities for year 10 and 11 students to attend GCSE coursework intervention workshops, these run Tuesday to Thursday.

Technology Club for KS3 and KS4 is also run one evening a week for students to attend to enhance their manufacturing skills through a range of products and disciplines, covering textiles, product design, electronics, graphics and catering.

Homework club is also available Tuesday evenings to Thursday evenings in T6. This is open to all year groups for assistance or the use of the computer facilities.

Future Careers

•Animator •Architect •Art therapist •Arts administrator •Ceramics designer •Civil Engineer •Community arts worker •Design Engineer •Exhibition designer •Fashion designer •Fine artist •Furniture conservator/restorer •Furniture designer •Glass blower/designer •Graphic designer •Heritage manager •Illustrator •Industrial/product designer •Interior and spatial designer •Jewelry designer •Make-up artist •Mechanical Engineer •Medical illustrator •Museum/gallery conservator •Museum/gallery curator •Museum/gallery exhibitions officer •Photographer •Press photographer •Product Designer •Printmaker •Production designer, theatre/television/film •Teacher of Design and Technology •Textile designer •Web designer •Baker •Barista •Bar person •Butcher •Butler •Cake decorator •Catering manager •Cellar technician •Chef •Consumer scientist •Counter service assistant •Food processing worker •Food scientist-food technologist •Housekeeper •Kitchen assistant •Kitchen manager (head chef) •Kitchen porter •Mobile catering assistant •Publican-licensee •Restaurant manager •Vending machine operative •Waiting staff

Document Downloads

Food Technology

Design Technology

Design Technology GCSE Specification

Pearson BTEC L2 First Award Construction Specification

National Curriculum Design Technology

Year 10 Scheme of Work Design Technology

Scheme of Work Year 10 Theory

Year 11 Product Design Specification

Year 11 Graphics Specification

Year 11 Graphics Theory Specification

Year 11 Product Design Coursework Specification

Year 7 Scheme of Work

Year 8 Scheme of Work

Year 9 Scheme of Work Design and Make

Year 9 Scheme of Work