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Design and Technology (D&T)

Head of Department – Ms Arjan (Head of Design and Technology)

Design technology helps students develop their creativity, through innovation in both practical and design work across a range of material areas. At St Michael’s Design technology is compulsory at KS3 to give students a range of essential life skills working in a range of different material areas. At  KS4 and KS5 Design Technology is optional and  narrowed down to a specific material area.

Programme of study at KS3
Students will be taught on a carousel in years 7, 8 and 9 and over each year they will experience a  range of material areas including Food technology, graphic design , product design and textiles. To enable practical lessons to be taught thoroughly all DT lessons are double.

Across all the material areas students will be taught:


  • Use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs
  • Identify and solve their own design problems
  • Develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations
  • Use a variety of approaches to generate creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses
  • Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools


  • Select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture
  • Select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties


  • Analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding
  • Investigate new and emerging technologies
  • Test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups
  • Understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists

Technical knowledge

  • Understand and use a wide range of materials, equipment & processes
  • understand and use digital resources & specialist equipment

Curriculum Content DT KS3

Programme of study at KS4
The college currently offers three Design Technology subjects at KS3; Product design, Textiles and Home economics: food and nutrition. We use AQA exam board for all our KS4 subjects. Please see the separate entries for these subjects for more information.

Extra curricular activities:
The Design technology currently runs a club for KS3 after school once a week, run by the qualified DT technician.

Workshops are open most evenings after school for KS4 and KS5 to drop in and receive one to one help from subject specific teachers.