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Shenley Brook End School

Shenley Brook End School

Design Technology


Design Technology is fundamental in the aesthetics and functionality of everyday objects. Everything is designed and made from the clothes we wear to the buildings we inhabit. As a department we seek to encourage our students to develop their creativity and experimentation in a safe, supporting and stimulating environment. Students explore a wide range of materials, developing their knowledge and making skills. In addition to this we offer students the chance to develop transferable skills that they can use throughout their life.  

Further Information

The Team/Facilities

Within the Design Technology department, we have an excellent range of facilities from the traditional workshops though to modern CAD/CAM.  

  • 3 x workshops (Traditional wood/metal/plastic working tools) 

  • Dedicated computer suite and iPads (20 computers with 2D-Design and Sketch Up, 20 x iPads) 

  • Heat Bay area (Forge, Metal Lathe, Anvil) 

  • CAD/CAM facilities (3D Printers, Laser Cutter, Vinyl Cutter) 

Key Stage 3

Within KS3 students will rotate between Design Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition. They will complete different projects within a range of different material areas. In DT the class sizes are usually around 20 students (created by combining forms).  

  • Year 7 – two lessons per fortnight 

  • Year 8 – three lessons per fortnight 

Key Stage 4

Within KS4 students will take AQA GCSE Design Technology (AQA | Design and Technology | GCSE | Design and Technology) 

This qualification is based on:  

  • 50% NEA (Coursework) (This is started at the end of year 10 when the theme is made available by the exam board) 

  • 50% Examination 

Students will study a range of areas including wood work, metal work, product design, electronics, graphics and textiles.  

A range of text books are available. As a department we use AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology ISBN: 978-1-910523-10-0 and GDP GCSE AQA Design & Technology for the Grade 9-1 Course –The revision Guide, ISBN 978-1-78294-752-3 

Sixth Form

Within KS5 students will take OCR A Level Design & Technology (AS and A Level - Design and Technology - H004-H006, H404-H406 (from 2017) - OCR). 

This qualification is based on:  

  • 50% Iterative Design Project (NEA) 

  • 50%  2 x Exams – Principles of Product Design  

                                         Problem Solving in Product Design  

 The text book for this course is OCR A Level Design & Technology ISBN 978-1-5104-0265-2 

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact use for more information: 

Miss L Malone – Co-Team Leader of Design Technology 

Mrs C Easson – Co-Team Leader of Design Technology