Thursday 21st June 2018 : Week A    

Trinity Church of England High School, Manchester: Curriculum
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Design Technology (D&T)

Aims of the Department

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of the nation.

Strengths of the Department

The teaching style in Design and Technology involves a formal delivery by the teacher of the knowledge, skills and principles that are integral to the specific subject area and project.

The pupils then apply their learning and work independently or in teams to develop a successful design solution.


There has been a substantial annual increase in A* to C grades in the GCSE results for the last 5 years, currently our results are well above the national average for Design Technology.

We run two extremely popular and over-subscribed D&T after school clubs.

KS3 D&T Curriculum

The KS3 curriculum at Trinity is based on a carousel system where the pupils experience a broad selection of different disciplines in Design and Technology.

They complete projects based in the subject areas of: Graphics, Textiles, Product Design, Electronics, Food Technology and Engineering.

Each project has its own unique situation and brief and the pupils work to solve design problems and manufacture products.

KS4 D&T Curriculum

The Design Technology Department offers a portfolio of five different GCSE options across the subject areas:

  • AQA Product Design
  • AQA Electronic Products
  • AQA Textile Technology
  • AQA Graphic Products
  • AQA Food Preparation & Nutrition

Each course consists of a mix of practical based projects where pupils design and manufacture products aimed at commercial production. There is also the exam element to each course where pupils prepare themselves with knowledge about the design process and commercial manufacturing.

The final GCSE qualification is made up of 60% Controlled Assessment work and a final exam worth 40%. Food Preparation & Nutrition is 50% controlled assessment and 50% final exam.

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