Design and Technology

In Design and Technology at Thomas More, we aim to help and support students to develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. The department provide excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.

At Thomas More we aim to:

  • Enable students to become independent learners and enterprising and innovative designers and engineers.
  • Encourage students to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves and their community.
  • Teach students how to take risks to develop skills in becoming more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable.
  • Encourage students to explore a range of careers such as Architecture, Engineering, Product Design and the possible avenues to success in the field of design, including routes into further education and apprenticeships.  

Design and Technology at Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 is delivered through a single lesson twice over two weeks.  This lasts for three half terms after which the students swap with food technology. Teaching is structured to include theory and practical activities to enhance learning; homework projects are given every term which are equivalent to receiving weekly homework. This is to better prepare students for the coursework expectations at GCSE. The subject material is directly relative to the OCR Art & Design Three-Dimensional Design specification to help prepare students for the transition from KS3 to KS4. We focus on using a variety of materials which includes paper, card, wood and plastic.

  • Year 7 – Health and Safety, design, make and critical analysis skills.
  • Year 8 – Build upon the skills learnt in year 7 and make a prototype product.

Design and Technology at Key Stage 4

Design and Technology students at GCSE will be studying the OCR Art and Design course Three-Dimensional Design specification from September 2019. The areas of studies taught are Product Design and Architecture.
Students are required to complete two components to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design.

  • Component 1: Non-examination Assessment (NEA) 60% of the GCSE Students produce an electronic portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to a set starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus. The portfolio will include maquettes, prototypes, scale models and illustrated written work.
  • Component 2: The Externally-Set Task is 40% of the GCSE Students respond to one of five themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points and stimuli. Students research, plan and develop ideas for their response to the option they have chosen, which they must then realise within the ten-hour supervised time period.

For further information about the OCR Art and Design course taught at GCSE in the Design Technology department please, refer to the link below:

Department Members
•    Mr J Kearns
•    Mr Migliori (Design and Technology Technician)