The Design and Technology Department at Shuttleworth College delivers an innovative and creative curriculum that provides pupils with experiences across a range of subjects encompassing product and graphic design, computer aided design and manufacture, electronics, food and nutrition and textiles.

Our aim is to inspire the designers and engineers of the future; equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed for a world in which technologies constantly improve and sustainability is fast becoming the primary focus in functional design.

Pupils are expected to demonstrate resilience and an aptitude for problem solving as they learn about and apply the iterative design process across the key stages.

We support literacy by…

embedding the correct use of subject specific vocabulary, promoting informed discussion and encouraging extensive responses from pupils in both written and oral form. Annotation, reflection and evaluation form a fundamental element of the design process and we encourage pupils to become confident and efficient in these skills throughout our curriculum.

We support numeracy by…

making it a fundamental element of the Design & Technology curriculum at both key stages – and a core element of both Key Stage 4 Design and Technology and Engineering courses. The ability to calculate, measure and mark out with accuracy and within minimal tolerances is the key to good design and precise manufacture.


Student resources:

KS3 –     STEM based activities to explore at home:

Technology and electronics-based activities to explore at home:

Ideas for recycled projects and crafts:

Free software downloads to help develop computer aided design skills:

KS4 –     GCSE Design & Technology:

Free software downloads to help develop computer aided design skills:



BTEC First Award in Engineering:



How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?

In Year 7, students are set according to their Key Stage 2 average point score. In Year 8, they are then set according to their attainment in the previous year. At Key Stage 4, students are then set according to their GCSE options pathways.

How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?

  • Year 7 & 8 – 2hrs per week
  • Years 9 & 10 – 3hrs per week
  • Year 11 – 2hrs per week.

What are the career opportunities of this subject?

Many careers can stem from a qualification in Design & Technology, including those in the areas of product design, engineering, interior design, textile design, jewellery design, architecture, etc.

What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?

Shuttleworth College has strong links with many local businesses and the Institute of Secondary Engineering. We utilise these links as often as possible to allow pupils to experience industrial practice in action. Our pupils often have the opportunity to work on challenges in and out of the classroom provided by the Institute of Secondary Engineering and other STEM related organisations.


Ms. C. Walsh


Design and Technology 5 Year Curriculum Map

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Design and Technology Syllabus

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“I think. I question. I design. I create. I struggle. I collaborate. I try. I solve. I invent. I reflect. I learn.”