Beaumont Leys

Design Technology

Curriculum time:


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Lessons a week






Teaching team:

Faculty Team


Contact Email

Mr Karavadra

Head of Faculty

Mrs Ramji

Deputy Faculty Team Leader

Mr Ryder

Design & Technology teacher

Mrs V Perry

Design & Technology teacher

Mrs Surman


Miss Coleby


Mr Rigg



The faculty is very lucky to benefit from a range of workshops including two wood/plastic specialist rooms, one Textiles and one large, modern kitchen, which features both a spacious practical area and a quiet theory space. We also have one multipurpose classroom and access to ICT facilities.

KS3 Curriculum:

Year 7 &8

KS3 Curriculum

Year 9

Design Movement Maze/LED Lamp

Product Design

Key Rack/Sweet Dispenser

Snack chef


Essential Skills

Clocks/pinball machines

Resistant Materials

Children’s seating

Drawstring bags/pocket organisers



KS3 Assessment:

Students in KS3 are assessed on the same 1-9 grading system as GCSE this allows for more effective progression during their time at Beaumont Leys School. All students are placed on a custom flight path from year 7, this ties in with the progress expected for each pupil in Design & Technology. The three main areas of assessment are identification and investigation, designing and making and finally analysis and evaluating. Students are guided through their grades by using an assessment grid in their booklets. Theory knowledge is taught alongside construction activities to enable technical knowledge to develop in relation to the theoretical element of the course.



KS4: Resistant Materials/Textiles/product design: AQA GCSE Design & Technology (Year 10)

AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (Year 10 and 11)

Year 11: AQA Product design

WJEC Hospitality and Catering Level ½ (Year 11)

EDEXCEL Textiles and Resistant Materials (Year 10)

AQA GCSE Design & Technology

This GCSE is delivered in three different mediums by specialist teachers:

  1. Product Design: Focus on paper and boards and polymers
  2. Resistant Materials: Focus on Wood, manufacture boards and metals
  3. Textiles: Focus on Textiles

What's assessed?

Core technical principles / Specialist technical principles / Designing and making principles

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours - 50% of GCSE (At the end of year 11)

Non-exam assessment (NEA)  50% of GCSE

Exam Specification:

GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

The course is designed to equip students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as developing their knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety.

How it's assessed?

Written exam: 1hr: 45 mins - 50% of GCSE (At the end of year 11)

Non-exam assessment (NEA) 50% of GCSE (2 separate assessments)

The subject content is split in 5 main areas which are listed below.

  1. Food, nutrition and health
  2. Food science
  3. Food safety
  4. Food choice
  5. Food provenance