Design & Technology

Miss C Abberley - Head of Department   Miss S Belgrove - Teacher of D & T
Miss L Hill - Teacher of D & T   Miss H Clee - Teacher of D & T
Mrs J Wilson - Teacher of D & T   Mrs R Howl - Technician
Mr R Carter - Senior Technician   Mrs K Freemantle - Technician


Design & Technology at Coundon Court is a successful department which is forward thinking in its delivery of courses across Key Stage 3, 4 and post-16.  Our aims are to provide opportunities for students to:

·     Enjoy turning their ideas into reality

·     Strive for successful outcomes

·     Be creative and develop thinking skills

·     To develop enquiry, initiative, ingenuity and resourcefulness

·     To experience working with a range of different materials, components and manufacturing process.


We have just had the department refurbished, which has given Design and Technology six specialist rooms. Our two Fppd Technology rooms are fully equipped, and have ICT access and a food preparation area. Three multi-purpose rooms, with access to CAD/CAM, including A3 laser colour printing, vinyl cutting, plotter cutter, 3D pringer, dye sublimation printing and a 3D milling machine. This enables technology lessons to cover a wider range of materials and processes in both the Food Preparation and Design and Technology area..

Students have one lesson of 100 minutes per week. KS3 is divided into modules and pupils experience different techniques, processes and utilise specialist staff expertise and resources. 


In KS4 students can choose GCSE Design & Technology, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition or NCFE Technical Award in either Creative Design and Production or Food and Cookery. Whatever area students choose they will complete a Non-Examined Assessment, worth 50% of the final grade, and also sit an exam at the end of the course worth 50% of the final grade.

For more information on GCSE courses please visit the individual subject areas.

Summary of Home Learning Arrangements


In KS3 Design and Technology homework is set regularly in various formats:

  1. Weekly tasks which may cover research, preparation of resources and materials or ingredients for following lessons or finishing design and make tasks in and out of school.
  2. Extended home learning tasks that cover a number of weeks of study. These often require students to research a given topic and present their findings creativity. Examples include researching a designer and their work, creating promotional materials for an event, designing a menu for an event, researching a manufacturing process or type of material.

Students are encouraged to make use of D&T facilities at lunch time and after school by agreement with their teacher to complete home learning tasks particularly if ICT resources are not available at home. Materials to support work can also be provided on request. 2D design our specialist CAD software may be purchased from the department for a nominal amount. Fusion 360 CAD modelling software can be downloaded without charge for educational use at home.


Students are expected to spend one hour per week on homework in Years 9, 10 and 11.  Work in Year 9+ focuses on practice and preparation for the CAT and development of knowledge and understanding for the terminal examinations.  Homework may be design work for assignments, theory work or research tasks.   During the first two terms Year 11 students will focus on completion of folder work for their NEA major project.  Once projects are completed a revision programme will commence to prepare for the final exam.  

Examples of our Work

Click here to see images of our students' work

Click here to see images of work that has been entered for the "Coventry Rotary Club Awards"



Food Preparation and Nutrition
Teaching Staff
Miss H Clee
Mrs J Wilson
Mrs Kay Freemantle - Food Technology Technician

Food Technology

Food Preparation and Nutrition is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe, nutritious, and wholesome food, in addition to developing practical food preparation skill

Food Preparation and Nutrition is a very popular subject. It is taught in Years 7-8 and is an option for GCSE in Years 9, 10 and 11. Practical work is an essential part of our curriculum and we aim for students in KS3 to participate in practical work every other week. At KS4 students undertake a major project and practical work can be every week for short periods during the academic term.

Every Child Matters is important in our area and we aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to participate.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 - Introduction to Food Preparation and Nutrition

The focus is on learning basic skills. Pupils study:-

  • Health and safety
  • Food Hygiene
  • Food Preparation
  • Combining Ingredients
  • Weighing and Measuring
  • Use of the Cooker, and Oven
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Nutrition - Eat Well Guide

Year 8 - Food Science and World Foods

In Year 8 students 

  • Developing Basic Skills
  • Develop Criteria for Analysis
  • Product Analysis
  • Modifying and Adapting Recipes
  • Food Science
  • Food Provenance


GCSE Food and Nutrition

Food Preparation and Nutrition focuses on the scientific studey of food ingredients and their functional properties, along with developing understanding of nutritional needs of different client groups. Students will develop a wide repertoire of practical food skills and develop an understanding of food prevenance and industrial food production.

The two NEA tasks are

  1. Food Science Investigation - 15%
  2. Plan, Prepare and Serve a 3 Course Meal for a Client - 3 hour practical exam - 55%

Both NEAs are studied in Year 11, with the final written exam counting for 50% of the avaiable marks for this course.

The NCFE Techical Award in Food and Cooker  is taught in a double lesson per week, which is less than the GCSE. This course allows students to develop Foor Preparation skills and an detailed understanding of nutrition, diet and health, food provenance, as well as job roles within the food industry.

The course is assesed by a written exam (40%) amd a final synoptic deisgn and manufacture projects which is set by the awarding body and completed in controlled conditions (60%)

Design & Technology

GCSE Design & Technology

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise

In Year 9 students will study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment covering a range of materials including timbers, metals, polymers, textiles, paper and boards and electronic systems. In Year 10 they will also have the opportunity to study specialist designing, making and technical principles in greater depth within at least one material area. Year 11 focuses on completion of the Non-Examined Assessment, or NEA which contributes to 50% of the final grade awarded. Students are required to independently respond to contexts set by the exam board creating a portfolio of evidence in the form of an A3 folder and a functional prototype product. Students may work in any material area they have studied or indeed a combination of areas. Year 11 will also focus on preparation for the final examination

NCFE Technical Award in Creative Design and Production

This course is taught in one double lesson per week; less than the GCSE.

This course allows students to work with a range of materials to develop designing and making skills. Students are expected to be able to analyse the work of contemporary and historical practitioners and also to understand craft enterprise and job roles. The course is assessed by a written exam (40%) and a final synoptic design and manufacture project, which is set by the awarding body and which is completed in controlled conditions (60%)

A Level Design and Technology

A course in Design and Technology offers an unique opportunity in the curriculum for students to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests.  Design and Technology develops students’ interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. The course:-

Is intended to be of interest to a wide range of students including those intending to directly follow a higher education course or career in Design and Technology or an associated area. Those with other interests and aspirations can also benefit from the many transferable skills inherent in the study of Design and Technology; Product Design 
Builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills at GCSE.
Promotes progression through A level and provides a suitable foundation for the study of Design and Technology, or a related area of study, at further or higher education and/or preparation for future employment and the world of work.
Provides opportunities for students to gain a broad understanding of the skills, understanding and knowledge inherent in Design and Technology and to specialise in one focus area.
Encourages students to develop their critical thinking, to see the relationships between designer, manufacturer and user and to perceive Design and Technology within the world in which we live.
Provides opportunities to develop Key Skills, particularly those in problem solving, use of IT and communication. Students will also have opportunities to develop their skills in application of number, working with others and improving own learning and performance.


Students undertake a single major design and manufacture project with a design folder to be completed by Christmas of Year 13, worth 50% of the final grade,together with a written examination of 3 hours at the end of Year 13, which is also worth 50% of the final grade..

The resources for all student work can be found on Moodle.