Design Technology

This is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Through evaluation of famous designers, students develop their ‘inner’ 3D ability and critical understanding of the world around us. They investigate how products are designed, developed and manufactured for an ever changing consumer market, with increasing emphasis on environmental issues.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, Hertswood students study Product Design through a range of projects using a variety of materials, tools and construction methods relevant to industry. They learn about Health and Safety, material properties,  manufacturing processes, environmental issues and current industrial and IT technology, such as CAD CAM. This knowledge gives them life skills and a foundational understanding of the world of industry, that can be transferred to further education, from apprenticeships to university degrees.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students develop and enhance their foundational skills and knowledge to form a deeper understanding of the design and manufacturing process. Through challenging projects and teamwork, they become critical independent thinkers who are capable of researching, analysing, evaluating, communicating and solving problems to produce a viable solution to a real world issue.

At Hertswood we give students the opportunity to specialise in Textiles or Resistant Materials although these are not mutually exclusive. We have a well resourced department including 3D Printers, laser cutter and industrial machinery. Our staff are all specialists in their chosen field with industry experience which enables them to give appropriate career advice and guidance.


Year Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7
Product: Money Box 
Health and Safety in the workshop.
Materials, Tools and Processes
Product: Pewter Key Fob
CAD CAM, Research, Manufacturing processes, Target Markets
Product: Pencil Case
Recycling materials, Tools and processes, Manufacturing techniques
Year 8
Product: Lamp
Smart materials, Introducing to circuits, Work of others, CAD CAM, Material finishes, Mechanisms
Product: Clock
Work of others, Material choices, Quality Control. Material choices
Modelling techniques
Modelling foam
Year 9

Product: Educational Toy

Product: Teenage Lifestyle
Product: Teenage Lifestyle
Year 10 GCSE
Product: Light a Space

Product: Light a Space


Year 11 GCSE


Exam preparation  


Independent Learning Resources

  • The Knowledge
  • Quizlet
  • Seneca Learning
  • Dynamic Learning
  • CGP Revision and Workbook

Useful Links