Art & Technology

Department Profile

 In Design & Technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet human needs. They learn to think creatively and solve problems as individuals and as members of a team. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills, apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Our aim at BBEC is to provide opportunities for pupils to enjoy turning ideas into reality and strive for successful outcomes whilst experiencing a range of different material areas.

‘Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.’ James Dyson

Curriculum Overview

 Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 pupils are introduced to a wide range of materials, designing and making skills and evaluation techniques. Pupils get an opportunity to study all 3 areas of Design & Technology in both Year 7 and Year 8; they complete projects in Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food on a carousel system.

Year 7: Pupils experience a range of hand tools and equipment through a variety of design and make tasks. Pupils produce a hand puppet in Textiles, a wooden toy in Resistant Materials and a range of key dishes in Food & Nutrition.

Year 8: Pupils continue to build their practical skills and also develop their knowledge of ICT through Computer Aided Design programmes such as Corel Draw. Pupils also get the opportunity to use sophisticated equipment such as the laser cutter and computerised sewing machines. Pupils produce a cushion in Textiles, a device holder in Resistant Materials and a range of dishes inspired by different cultures in Food & Nutrition.

Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4 students can opt to continue their education in Textiles, Food or Product Design to GCSE level. In all subjects pupils will complete a number of skill building practical projects throughout Year 9 & 10 in order to fully prepare them for Controlled Assessment, which they will begin in Year 10.

Food & Nutrition – Unit 1: Controlled Assessment (year 10 and 11), Unit 2: Examination (Year 11)

The course will encourage pupils to cook, enable them to make informed decisions and develop vital life skills that will enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life

Product Design – Unit 1: Controlled Assessment (year 10 and 11), Unit 2: Examination (Year 11)

Students will be able to choose their area of interest from a range of material areas such as wood, metal or plastic. Briefs cover a variety of projects including furniture, children’s toys and lighting.

Art Textiles – Unit 1: Portfolio of work (year 10 and 11), Unit 2: Externally set task (Year 11)

Students can work in a variety of areas of Textile Design, such as: Art textiles, Fashion Design & Illustration, Costume Design, Constructed Textiles, Surface Pattern, Stitched or Embellished Textiles and Digital Textiles.

GCSE Design & Technology is an excellent foundation for pupils who are interested in any of the following fields: Fashion, Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Teaching, Engineering, Catering and many more.

Outside of the Classroom

Design & Technology students will get the opportunity to take part in a number of trips and extracurricular activities.

The BBEC Design Academy is a weekly club which provides a creative outlet for students who enjoy to design and make. Students will get to complete a variety of projects utilizing a range of different skills and materials, such as Sock Monkeys, greetings cards and key-rings (to name but a few!)

Recent Department trips have included The Ministry of Food, The Clothes Show Live and The BBC Good Food Show.

Department Staff

  • Mrs G Hibbard – 2nd I/C Design and Technology
  • Ms S Hirst – Head of Art
  • Miss R Canning – Teacher of Art and Photography
  • Mrs S Kirby – Textiles Teacher
  • Mrs M Elliot – Food & Nutrition Teacher
  • Mr C French – Resistant Materials Teacher
  • Mrs S Mellor – Food and Textiles Technician


Mrs H Ali
Associate Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Art and Technology