Subject Info

Brownlow Integrated College Technology & Design Department firstly aims to fulfil the rationale for the revised Curriculum, “To empower young people to develop their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives, by promoting methodologies that encourage young people to develop the skills to acquire and manage information, to solve problems and make decisions… to help young people make use of the knowledge, and the associated skills, values, and attitudes developed during the process of learning, to inform their lives.”

The Education Order 2007 continues to legislate for a balanced and broadly based curriculum in all grant aided schools ‘to promote the spiritual, emotional, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of pupils at the school and thereby of society; and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life by equipping them with appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills’.

Mrs P Quinn - Head of Technology

Key Stage 3

In Years 8, 9 and 10 our pupils have 2 timetabled periods per week of Technology and Design classes. Within these classes pupils learn a variety of relevant skills that will equip them for life in a technological society. Class and homework is based around projects or design tasks. As pupils work through these projects they acquire new skills and knowledge.

KS3 Topics & Assessments

Health & Safety

Christmas tree Project

Mobile Phone Holder

Bird Feeder

Candle Holder

Key Stage 4

Technology and Design provides an opportunity to design and make a real product. It allows you to create something to solve a problem that you have identified. As part of the course you will study the areas of designing, communicating, manufacturing and mechanical systems. You will learn how these technological developments have influenced the way that we live and work. At GCSE we study AQA Resistant Materials and pupils enjoy the challenges this brings. Students get the opportunity to work with various material including the traditional wood and metal as well as new Smart and Composite materials.





The GCSE consists of the following:

Written Paper. 40% of the course.
Section A. 30 marks. A design question based on context supplied before the exam
Section B. 90 marks. Covers all aspects of the specification content

Controlled Assessment. 60% of the course
A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. The design folder should consist of approximately 30-40 pages of A4 paper. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.