Eaton Bank Academy

Key Stage 3

The aims of the Design and Technology Department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To combine technological skills with creative thinking in order to design and make products that meet a range of specification requirements.
  • Develop an understanding of current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of issues regarding nutrition and healthy eating in Food Technology.
  • To raise awareness of multicultural values and traditions and to work within a range of domestic and local contexts.

At Key Stage 3 we will study:-

Year 7

  • Pupils will design a storage box inspired by the Art Deco design movement.
  • CAD/CAM – Techsoft 2D Design software and laser cutter
  • Product Design materials explored wood, metal & plastic
  • Inspirational design
  • Pewter casting- heat processing introduced to produce a pewter key ring.
  • Graphic Design – Branding design, merchandising and advertising supported with rendering techniques

Year 8

  • Product Design –  Night light with a range of manual skills and CAD/CAM skills inspired by Memphis
  • Product Design- Practical skills demonstrated through the manufacture of a sweet machine.
  • Graphic Design – Perspective drawing (one and two point)
  • Textiles- T-shirt design with ‘Britishness’ theme
  • Development of knowledge in :
    • CAD/CAM – Techsoft 2D design software, Laser cutter,
    • Product Design materials explored wood, metal & plastic

The study of Design and Technology will allow students to develop their:

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in order to solve a range of design problems.
  • Designing and making skills through working with a wide range of materials and processes.
  • Knowledge of health and safety issues in the various Technology environments.

Key Stage 3 Assessment

Student progress is monitored by teacher, peer and self-assessment. Achievements will be highlighted and improvement steps given. Students will continually be encouraged and guided to achieving their target end of key stage attainment level. Students will be assessed through final pieces at points of data entry.

Home Learning

How parents/guardians can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • Regular checking on homework
  • Encouraging – asking your child questions about the work
  • Encouraging your child to take a regular interest in visiting design exhibitions and museums.
  • Discuss articles in the media about new technologies and their effect on the environment and social development.
  • Support your child in giving them opportunity to recreate recipes they have produced in Food Technology.
  • Support your child in accessing a glass jar (with plastic lid) for the year 8 sweet machine project.

If you have any queries, please contact Miss Smith or Miss Ward


Key Stage 4

Engineering Design

Engineering design is an OCR Cambridge National which follows the process used to identify market opportunities and solve problems which contribute to the development of new products and systems.

This course is aimed at learners who wish to study the processes involved in designing new products and the requirements of a design specification. Through research and practical activities, learners will understand how market requirements and opportunities inform client briefs and will use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas.


The Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Design encourage learners to communicate with a client to develop a viable and innovative product. Learners will apply skills to produce a prototype in the form of a model and test design ideas to inform further product development. Through reflection learners evaluate the prototype, making a comparable outcome against specification points, and assess possible, practical solutions and improvements to their prototype design.


The course is broken down as follows:

25%- 1 Hour Written exam (60 marks)

75%- Coursework assignments (3 assignments)



Exam- Unit R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements – 25%

Unit R106: Product analysis and research- 25%

In this unit you will carry out effective product analysis. You will research existing solutions and assess the development of engineered products. You will consider what makes a good product sell by analysing existing solutions.

Unit R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs – 25%

In this unit you will develop techniques to generate, communicate and develop ideas using hand rendering and computer-based presentation techniques including computer aided design software. You will gain skills in annotation and labelling techniques, such as showing key features, functions, dimensions, materials, construction/manufacture methods.

Unit R108: 3D design realisation

In this unit you will apply practical skills to produce a prototype product in the form of a model and test design ideas in a practical context, to inform further development. You will then evaluate the prototype making a comparison of the outcome against the product specification and evaluate potential improvements in design such as features, function, materials, aesthetics and ergonomics and make suggestions on improvements to the final product.

Grades Awarded

Level 2- Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

Level 1- Pass, Merit or Distinction

(Level 2 Merit equates to a GCSE grade 5)



Sketching skills

-Presentation and portfolio work

-You will develop a range of computer skills in order to produce both 2D and 3D designs

-Learning through project work will help you to be organised and manage time and deadlines successfully

-You will work with various modelling materials to produce final outcome pieces

-Skills in exploring existing products and the way in which they are made.



You will need to be able to undertake tasks (such as researching) on your own and be able to plan your work so that you can meet deadlines.

You will also be expected to catch up work during after school sessions where necessary.

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