Key Stage 3
KS4 Design and Technology
KS4 Hospitality and Catering

Our KS3 curriculum is designed to build student confidence in working with a wide range of tools and equipment in different areas of Technology. Our key focus will be developing a student’s practical skills as they focus on making quality products. We want students to be proud of what they make and happy to take it home.

What will my child learn about in Technology during KS3?

Students will follow a rotation of the different Technology areas throughout KS3.

They will complete projects in Resistant Materials,Food and Textiles.

Each project has a theme and is based around students working towards the completion of practical outcomes.

The main focus of each project is the making, but students will still undertake some research and design work, as well as evaluating their outcomes.

What type of homework will be set?

Homework’s set in Technology are aimed at improving literacy skills and at the consolidation of knowledge for the material area in which they are working.

These will involve students completing a glossary of key terms, as well as identifying what they need to complete and what they need to achieve.  

How will my child be assessed?

Students are assessed on their completed project work as well as a sitting an assessment at the end of each project.

How can I support my child's learning at home?

Ensure that your child arrives to lessons with their planer, pen, pencil and ruler.

Support your child with their homework and if they wish to attend after school catch-up activities.

Help foster an enthusiasm for Technology and develop motor skills by involving them in activities at home such as helping in meal preparation (shopping, cooking and washing-up), helping with the maintenance of textiles product (washing, ironing and repairing), and basic DIY.

Course Title and type of qualification: GCSE Design & Technology

What will I learn?

GCSE Design and Technology provides students with an exciting opportunity to build upon KS3. The main focus of this course is to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to design and manufacture products using resistant materials (woods, metals and plastics).

Students will be able to:

  • Develop their design skills with a focus on technical drawing and computer aided design
  • Use resistant materials, and tools and equipment in a safe and competent manner.
  • Develop analytical and research skills
  • Evaluate their own work, develop ideas and learning through the design process
  • Develop an understanding of health and safety considerations in a workshop environment
  • Develop communication skills through a range of media.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1: Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes) worth 50% of GCSE- Core technical principles and one material category (Metals, Papers and boards, Polymers, Systems, Textiles and Timbers).
  • Unit 2: Design and make task (30–35 hours approx.) worth 50% of GCSE. Students will complete an internally assessed controlled assessment in the form of a design and make project. Students will be set an open brief and be expected to investigate, design, manufacture a Prototype and evaluate the final product.

What could I move onto?

Design and technology can set you up for a career in a wide variety of industries such as product design, engineering, architecture, information technology and can also act as a complimentary subject to Art, Fashion and Textiles and Hospitality and Catering.

This qualification will support students to move on to any qualification in the areas of Resistant Materials at KS5. Often students that study the Design Technology GCSE go on to further their education by studying for A/AS Level Product Design at College or seek apprenticeships within the subject field.

Course Title and type of qualification: WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering

What will I learn?

Working in food or cookery requires a passion for food, an understanding of how it impacts on the body and a wide range of culinary skills.

Students who study in this field will develop transferable skills such as planning, communication, problem solving and health and safety practices. Studying this qualification in Hospitality and Cookery will help pupils understand the sector and work on their own skills in a practical, hands-on way.

Students will learn to:

  • Prepare and cook dishes using a variety of skills.
  • Ensure a safe and hygienic working environment.
  • Understand food and its functions in the body and in recipes.
  • Understand the hospitality and catering industry and the roles available in these sectors.
  • Plan and produce dishes suitable to be sold in a restaurant.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification will consist of internally assessed work which is 60% (unit 2) of the final grade and an

externally assessed exam which is 40% (unit 1)

Unit 1

This exam relates to:

  • The hospitality industry
  • Health and safety
  • Nutrition
Unit 2

During this unit students will be required to analyse a brief, they must then research, plan and develop their own menu and create the final dishes in a practical exam.

What could I move onto?

Pupils who achieve the Hospitality and Catering qualification could progress to:

Diplomas in Professional Cookery or Travel and Tourism. Careers could include a chef, nutritionist, catering, food marketing, air hostess or hotel management.

Examination Board: WJEC

Links & Resources

Links & Resources

Bishop Young C of E Academy

Bishops Way
LS14 6NU

Tel: 0113 273 9100
Fax: 0113 273 4216

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
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