Design and Technology

Design and Technology Department


Mrs Aneta Dyduch

BSc (Hons); PGCE

Curriculum Leader

Miss Elle Lamb

BA (Hons); Teach First

Product Design Teacher

Ignacio Martinez-Bocanegra


Product Design Technician

Mrs Vivien Barrett


Student support


The Design and Technology department at Thomas More Catholic School (TMCS) provides Product Design and Food Technology, both at Key Stage 3 and 4. It aims to bring together practical and technological skills, jointly with creative thinking to design and make products, which meet human needs.


At Thomas More we aim to:

  • Stimulate and maintain student interest, curiosity and enjoyment.
  • Make decisions, consider sustainability and use skills, knowledge and understanding to design and make quality dishes.
  • Develop decision-making skills through individual and teamwork.
  • Analyse and evaluate cooked dishes.
  • Learn about the local ethos, the wider community and different countries in order to gain knowledge of food preparation and ingredients.
  • Learn about health issues relating to obesity, high blood pressure and food allergies.
  • Teach food and kitchen safety and hygiene.
  • Use a wide range of techniques and different methods of cooking food.
  • Develop high quality practical skills preparing students for independent life.
  • Acquire knowledge about the function and role of nutrients in food.
  • Learn about the relationship between food choices and health.
  • Learn how to make healthy eating choices.
  • Learn about Fair Trade and CAFOD.
  • Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and society.
  • Learn that products have an impact on lifestyle.


KS3: Key Stage 3 is delivered through a practical double cooking lesson every fortnight. Teaching takes place at the beginning and throughout the lesson, with analysis and evaluation of the produced dish towards the end. Homework backs up what has been taught. Below are examples of dishes cooked in KS3 classes. 

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Milk Shape Apple Crumble Jollof Rice
Vegetable Soup Banana Cake Pizza
Fruit Salad Shortbread Biscuits Jerk Meatballs
Rice and Peas  Fried Plantains Chicken Tikka Masala



Cross-curricular links are used with literacy, numeracy and ICT as well as Geography, History and Biology.  Additional after-school activities are also offered, with the Cooking Club concentrating on healthy eating with ‘Cooking on a Budget’ courses for Yr13 leavers.


KS4: At Key Stage 4, students are offered the Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Hospitality. The hospitality industry is the service industry that includes accommodation such as hotels or bed and breakfast, restaurants, cafes, event planning, theme parks, transportation, cruise lines, and many more. The course includes: 

  • Advanced cooking skills to produce a variety of dishes.
  • Trips to various hospitality industries, such as a 4* Hilton Hotel or a Cooking Bus experience.
  • A chance to practise cooking skills and service skills at school functions.


The course runs over 2 years and consists of four units. Two units are core units, one mandatory and one optional.

The core units are:

  • Unit 1: Introducing the Hospitality Industry- this unit cover the different aspects of the hospitality industry, looking at the different products and services that are offered and the processes in operating a hospitality business.
  • Unit 2: Working in the Hospitality Industry- this unit covers the importance of team working and customer service for a variety of roles within the industry. It also looks at important aspects, such as personal appearance and attributes.

The mandatory unit is:

  • Unit 3: Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality- where students will discover the various aspects of health and safety, and food safety law.

The optional unit is:

  • Unit 6: Planning, Preparing, Cooking and Finishing Food- where students will explore the understanding and skills required in planning, preparing, cooking and finishing a range of food types.

25% is externally assessed by exam.  75% is internally assessed through coursework.

The possible grades are: Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

In the future this course can take students to study BTEC Hospitality Level 3 or straight into an apprenticeship. It will also enable students to go to further education colleges and universities.



Product Design

At Thomas More we aim to:

  • Enable 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.
  • Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world.
  • 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.
  • Pupils will be encouraged to explore a range of careers and the possible avenues to success in the field of DT, including routes into further education and apprenticeships. 

This year we have signed up to work with Design Ventura, the Design Museum's flagship learning project. This project challenges students in years 10 to design a new product for the design museum shop. It provides students with the opportunity to develop design thinking, creative and business capabilities and employability skills.


KS3: Key Stage 3 is delivered through a double ‘Design and Make’ lesson every fortnight. Teaching is structured to include theory into practical activities to reinforce learning; homework will relate to the work covered during lessons to support this learning. The subject material is directly relative to the AQA specification for Product Design at GCSE, to prepare students for the transition from KS3 to KS4. We are preparing students for Product Design, specifically, concentrating on using a variety of materials to include paper, card and wood, plastic and metal. Current projects across KS3 include the Nameplate, Creature Feature, USB Lamp and the Money box. 

Cross-curricular links are strongly used with Literacy, Numeracy and ICT as well as with Science, Geography and History.

KS4: The GCSE AQA course for Product Design includes: 

  • 1 Controlled Assessment (Coursework) 60% of the final mark
  • 1 Exam - 2 hours - 40% of the final mark

At Key Stage 4, students are offered the AQA GCSE in Product Design. Focusing on materials: paper, card, wood and plastic. This is taught over 1 single and 1 double lesson each week.

Year 10 is introduced through an initial ‘Design and Make’ project, to ensure pupils have the skills needed to complete their Controlled Assessment to a high standard. In the second term the Controlled Assessment is introduced and research in undertaken by students to explore the Design Brief. This is a real industry brief; a design problem that an existing client has, for which the students must provide a solution through a ‘Design and Make’ challenge. The designing is also started in Year 10 for this brief, the students will begin modelling their initial design ideas and recording these steps of progress.

Year 11 is continued with students focusing on their Controlled Assessment task; students will be preparing to make their final design outcome. Our department is fitted with an extensive range of equipment, to include a fitted wood workshop, laser cutter and strip heaters, a vacuum former, 3D routers and a brazing heath.

Students will be taught theory alongside their designing and making; learning is embedded into activities, including practical making and computer classes to improve students ability in various design programmes and in general computer use.


Students will have theory lessons each week so they are ready for their mock exam in the first term of Year 11. We aim for the Controlled Assessment to be fully completed by January so that a full focus is on preparation for the exam which students take in the summer term.

  • Trips to retail outlets to look at available design solutions; e.g. IKEA 
  • Workshops are run after school on a Monday and a Wednesday for Year 11 students to catch up and work on their coursework projects.