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On a Welcome to Design and Technology.

National level in 2017 all the separate Design & Technology subjects merged but at Huish we still maintain them as separate areas with specialist teachers. Even though the subject areas are taught separately they do have lots of cross overs.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Extra curricular activities extend to the department supporting school productions, designing and building gliders for an aerospace competition along with a range of STEM competitions with local companies.

“Aside from its practical uses, we should not forget design’s ability to be emotionally and mentally healing. Studies from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) have found that artistic engagement has positive effects on mental health”


Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising.

  • Product Design: Students work on a variety of projects which includes working with wood, metal, plastics, electronics, smart materials and CAD/CAM.
  • Textiles: The curriculum content includes a mix of both traditional and modern textiles techniques and skills using a wide variety of materials while developing student’s knowledge and skill base.
  • Cooking & Nutrition: Is also taught to form a balanced design and technology curriculum based on NC guidelines.


Product Design: Following the AQA Design Technology course. This will suit students who are keen on design, enjoy researching, problem solving and who enjoy working with a variety of materials and processes including CAD/CAM. The course incorporates a controlled assessment project (worth 50%) and a design paper (worth 50%).

As a nation Engineering contributes 23% to the UK economy. Annually 157K new jobs are being generated with the latest and emerging industries being 3D printing, sustainable production and robotics. Industry is seeing an increased infusion between the digital and physical.

D&T has a role to play in preparing students for such jobs/related industries.

Textiles: Following the AQA Design Technology Textiles specialism, students develop skills in all areas of fashion and interior design. The course will incorporate a bias towards a wide range of traditional and modern textiles techniques and specialisms, and is designed to enable students to be creative and explore many ranges of processes and techniques within textile design, including industrial and commercial practice, CAD /CAM, fashion/ costume design, interior design, printed and dyed textiles, sublimation printing, fabric, and materials, constructed, stitched and embellished textiles. The course incorporates a controlled assessment project (worth 50%) and a design paper (worth 50%).

Food Preparation & Nutrition: Following the AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition course. This course develops higher order cooking skills and the understanding of nutrition, meal planning and preparation. This course is ideal for any student wishing to follow a career in the catering industry, but also for students wishing to learn and develop their own personal skills. Two controlled assessed tasks (worth 50%) are complimented by a written paper (worth 50%).

A Level

Product Design: This is very much a hands-on course.  Designing and making is a complex activity.  What better way to explore materials, test out ideas, assess methods of manufacture and try out different creative methods by doing it!  A lot of time is spent being creative, modelling and making.  Yes, there is lots of academic study, but this supports your activities and helps you understand the underpinning knowledge needed to be successful.  Overall, this can be a very satisfying A Level, plus you will learn tangible skills along the way. The course incorporates a controlled assessment project (worth 50%) and a design paper (worth 50%).

Textiles: This textiles design course follows the EDUQAS Art and Design specification with a textiles endorsement. It introduces students to a wide variety of practical and critical and contextual experiences. The Year 12 course focuses on work that shows exploration using a variety of materials and both traditional and modern textiles techniques and personal research appropriate to chosen specialist areas. e.g. Fashion, interior design etc. In Year 13 the course allows students to further develop skills used in year 12 and to specialise in a textile field. Two units of work make up 100% of the final A level grade. Unit 1: (Total 60% of A level) - Personal Investigation. Unit 2: (Total 40% of A level) - Externally set task

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Future employers, apprenticeship providers and universities like subjects like product design, textiles and food.  They know students can work to deadlines, that they can problem solve, have discipline, determination and are creative.  Highly desirable attributes for any student!

Richard Barratt
Head of Department

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