Design & Technology


Key stage 3


At Barlby High Students follow a varied and innovative curriculum, utilizing excellent resources, allowing them to experience various materials and manufacturing processes. Students use a variety of materials such as wood, paint, cloth, plastic and metal. Students are given and respond to various design briefs covering a variety of themes and produce high quality outcomes in a mixture of materials. The projects the students study promote awareness of environmental and sustainability issues and encourages cross curricular thinking.

Students realise their learning through practical elements making items including: bird feeder, photo frames, cookie cutters, Christmas decorations, pewter casting activities, cultural cushion, toy snake and data stick holder.

Key stage 4

GCSE Design & Technology Product Design


Students can choose a route through Product Design that follows a specialism in 3-dimensional design.

Coursework in each specialism builds on work done in Key Stage 3, and students are expected to work more independently on projects, utilizing modern materials and the department’s state of the art manufacturing processes.

All students sit a written and designing exam paper covering various aspects of Product Design (40%).

They will also respond to a design task which they investigate by designing and making a commercially viable product.  This involves:

  • understanding and meeting the brief
  • describing and understanding marketing considerations
  • target audience – who are they targeting and how will their product be different from all others on the market targeting the same audience
  • considering the style of other manufacturers and writing this up as part of their project
  • showing their research in an appropriate format
  • designing a product, producing a prototype, considering and fixing a price, environmental factors, using different materials, colour, audience, marketing ideas, producing the product and finally evaluating it.

Future career paths can vary and will depend on what aspects students specialise in both at GCSE and a higher level include technician, joinery, fashion, teacher and architecture.