Academic Information

Technology and Design


  • To take teaching and learning beyond the acquisition of knowledge by motivating and inspiring each pupil to extend their reach and realise their potential
  • We aim to develop each pupil on a social, moral and ethical level with the intention of enabling them to become positive, confident and independent members of society
  • Every pupil should experience success and develop aspirations to take the subject to the next level


Mr Benkirane  
Mr Walker  
Mr Stevenson  
Miss Ritchie  
Mr Stewart

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we aim to put in place robust planning which will challenge the strongest pupils and at the same time be manageable for the weakest. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is a direct reflection of the skills, styles and content taken from the GCSE and A Level Product Design courses which we offer. The revised Northern Ireland Curriculum (2007) has been used to ensure statutory requirements have been addressed. The values and concepts which are identified in the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities documentation are a major consideration.

Creativity and innovation are the main drivers in the method of teaching. Learning by doing, infusion learning, child centred, child focused, metacognitive higher order thinking skills and challenges are of key importance and have been considered throughout the Key Stage. The Cross Curricular skills have been used to enhance pupil understanding and development of Technology and Design throughout the Key Stage. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to allow each child to experience success and develop aspirations for our subject.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Product Design
Exam board: WJEC

  • Unit 1: Written paper 40%
  • Unit 2: Product Design and Make 60%

Occupational studies: Carpentry and joinery
Exam Board: CCEA

  • 100% coursework

Post 16

A-Level Product Design
Exam board: OCR

  • Unit F521: Advanced innovation challenge
  • Unit F522: Product Study
  • Unit F523: Design, Make and Evaluate
  • Unit F524: Product Design written exam

Extended Project (Year 13 1 year pupils)
Exam board: Edexcel

  • Unit 4: Artifact

Skills Developed

  • Design skills
  • Manufacturing skills
  • CAD/CAM skills
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • ICT skills
  • Working together in teams

Career Areas

  • Product designer
  • Fashion/textile designer
  • Landscape designer
  • Architect
  • Interior designer
  • Engineering
  • Graphic designer