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Design Technology

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like - Design is how it works.

Character Opportunities

  • 100% curiosity is required for this subject as you will be asked to come up with new ideas and to figure out how to make those ideas work.
  • Positively recognise the advice and feedback you receive and most importantly act on it to improve your work
  • Einstein said – ‘A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.’  With your new ideas and concepts it is vitally important that you show the grit and determination to work through the problems that are bound to unfold
  • You have to believe that you can design and create new ideas that will be meaningful and can be made to work
  • Successful design and making is all about planning ahead and having the ability to follow and adapt plans to achieve a successful outcome.  Being prepared for learning will ensure a positive experience
  • It is very rare that designers work alone.  It is very important that you are able to work in groups and to positively respond to the feedback of others.  
  • Design and Technology is all about active involvement.  We all have different strengths and can use this to inspire and support others with their areas for development

Careers Links

Extended Learning

  • Engineering Extravaganza – York University challenge day linked to the various aspects of the wider engineering industry such as Civil Engineering
  • Rotary Club DT competition – school groups compete to complete a design and prototype activity.
  • CREST Awards scheme

Schemes of Learning & Materials


GCSE Subject Specification

You can find all the information relating to this GCSE Subject on our Subject Specifications page.