Design Technology


In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

At Carterton Community College, all pupils take a DT or Engineering GCSE. In doing so we hope to foster the following ethos:

  • To offer learners opportunities to develop and express their ideas, ambitions and creativity through a range of skills in a wide variety of contexts.
  • To enable learners to communicate through drawn, written and manufactured mediums.
  • To build confidence in learners to tackle new technologies.
  • To encourage an understanding and appreciation of fine art, design and craft which will enrich learners’ lives now and in the future
Teaching Staff
Mrs M Bilton Head of Art, Design & Technology Faculty
Mrs E Christiansen Teacher
Mrs S File Technician
KS3 Curriculum

DT1In Years 7, 8 and 9 students rotate round to a variety of different subject areas to experience a wide range of skills and materials. Typically they will work in textiles, graphics, product design and food completing skills based projects which build on their skills.

‘Design and Make’ projects are central to our courses. They are supported with basic skills and theory input. We use AFL (Assessment for Learning) techniques to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential, and we are a very well equipped department with five specialist rooms, including a suite of PCs and three sets of laptops which ensure that all pupils have excellent access to IT. We have a wide range of CAD/CAM in the department including two laser cutters and a CNC mill. At KS3 students are given a wide range of opportunities to learn how to use computer controlled devices.

KS4 Qualifications

DT3Students at KS4 follow a curriculum which closely matches the specification of the exam boards – AQA for GCSE and Edexcel for the BTEC. Students produce a series of small Design and Make products in preparation for their final coursework projects. In all subjects, students are set high targets and work to high expectations. Our specialist staff are experienced practitioners, and we take pride in the achievements of our students.

KS5 Qualifications

The engineering sector continues to suffer from a skills gap and needs to keep up with rapidly developing technologies. These BTEC qualifications in Engineering have been designed to give new entrants to the engineering sector the underpinning knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of modern mechanical engineering industries. Many of the units have strong links to the knowledge and evidence requirements of the SEMTA National Occupational Standards and relevant NVQs at Level 3 and will provide learners with opportunities for progression within and into employment. The qualifications have also been designed so that learners can progress into Higher Education, for example to BTEC Higher Nationals and undergraduate engineering degree qualifications. These BTEC qualifications in Engineering have been designed with flexible qualification structures and provide a wide range of units so that learners can focus on their chosen career or area of interest. The qualifications provide opportunities for learners who intend progressing into senior technician roles as well as for those who are not yet based in industry and wish to gain a sound understanding of engineering. Several of the core units are common across different engineering titles and provide learners with the required underpinning knowledge of health and safety, mathematics, science, communications and project planning and implementation for success in the specialist units and the engineering workplace. The vocational focus of each qualification is provided through the specialist units

SMSC / Enrichment

We regularly encourage our students to have as much ‘real life’ experience of Design, Technology and Engineering as we can get them. Some of our trips and visits have included: a visit to the F1 centre in Wantage, a trip to the Science Museum in London, Visiting the Creative Quarter in London for Design week, getting some hands-on experience with the Parachute Regiment on the RAF base, sausage making at Foxbury Farm, and visiting the Clothes Show live for our textile students. We are also proud that for the last two years in a row Carterton Community College has won the national RIAT competition which is based at the airs how in July

Design Technology homework