Design and Technology


At Southborough High School we believe that the subject of Design and Technology builds the bridge between academic learning and its usefulness, relevance and application to the world.

At all key stages we aim to provide opportunities to our students to develop their capability to think creatively, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. Products that we all need to carry out our daily lives.

With the current skills shortages in the creative, manufacturing and engineering industries, we believe that it is a valuable subject for young people to study.
Students engage with a wide range of materials (including new technologies), explore ideas and design and make things that solve problems. Our students learn important life skills such as teamwork, resourcefulness and risk taking.

The GCSE (AQA) Resistant Materials course encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. The students continue to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials as well as embrace new technologies.

Each project encourages the students to consider the sustainability and environmental impact of their designing and provide the students with the opportunity to design and make a product using a range of materials including CAD/CAM computer programs.

In September 2017 we will be offering students the new Design and Technology GCSE (AQA)  that will provide them with the skills to navigate the first stepping stones toward a career in an ever expanding industry.

The course will provide our students with contemporary contextual challenges that will cover scenarios such as:
• Extending human capacity
• Responding to the unexpected
• Improving living & working spaces
• Securing a sustainable future
• Protecting people and products
• Promoting health and wellbeing

Solutions to these contextual challenges will incorporate elements of Systems & Control in which students will learn how utilize electronic systems to provide functionality to products and processes, including sensors and control devices that respond to a variety of inputs, and devices. They will also learn to use programmable components to embed functionality into products in order to enhance and customise their operation.

Our GCSE courses provides students with an excellent route into GCE Product Design (AQA) as well as a future career in the Creative, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors.


Why study this subject?

This course will encourage candidates to:

• demonstrate their design and technology skills by designing and making quality products
• analyse and evaluate products
• develop techniques through a variety of small projects
• use a range of strategies to develop ideas
• consider how past and present design and technology affects society
• recognise the moral, cultural and environmental issues surrounding design and technology today




This exciting new GCSE (AQA) program will offer students the opportunity to enhance and develop their knowledge and practical skills studied at Key Stage 3.

Learners will focus on practical cooking skills that will give students a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food making.

Students will undertake a food investigation (15%) in which students are asked to include a report on their understanding of the scientific principles that underpin the preparation and the cooking of food.

Through the food preparation assessment (35%) students will plan, prepare, cook and present a three course menu within three hours. They will also produce a concise portfolio that will demonstrate their application of technical skills and practical outcomes that explains how they planned and carried out the preparation, cooking and presentation of their three final dishes.

It will include and explanation of cost and the sensory properties and nutritional characteristics of each dish.
During the externally set exam (1hour and 45 minutes) Students will be assessed upon their theoretical knowledge of the specification subject matter. This will be supported by allotted class time and will provide students with the foundation to build a career in the food / catering industry.



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