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Subject Overview

“We are changing the world with technology.” Bill Gates

Welcome to the Technology Department at The North School which comprises of both design technology and food technology. Within the department we strive for our students to develop their knowledge and understanding of this board curriculum area as well as developing their practical skills. The overall aim of the department is to develop students into problem solving individuals who take an interest in the knowledge they are gaining and who can demonstrate a wide range of practical skills which will serve them well as they move into the wider world outside of school.


At key stage three the students work on a rotation system between design technology and food technology spending half of the academic year in each.

Design Technology

In design technology year 7 students complete a board game and electronic dice project and in year 8 they complete an electronic amplifier project. Both schemes of work provide the students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills within the subject areas of research and design, graphics, practical work and electronics.

Food Technology

In food technology students develop their knowledge and understanding of nutrients and balanced diets, various equipment and cooking methods as well as a range of ingredients that they then use in practical lessons in order to produce impressive sweet and savoury dishes such as salmon fishcakes, risotto, cheesecake and fruit crumble.



Hospitality and Catering

This is a level 1/2 technical award that is delivered across 3 years. The course allows students to develop their knowledge of the hospitality and catering industry and all that it entails. Students are assessed both internally through coursework that comprises of both written and practical work as well as a written exam that is taken at the end of year 11.

Design Technology

This is a GCSE course that is also delivered across 3 years. It is a versatile course which incorporates design, practical, research and theory based study. Whilst the main focus of the course is on the world of design technology, it is also heavily science and maths based with a minimum of 30% of the exam paper being based on these areas. It is assessed across 2 areas with component 1 being a written exam that is taken at the end of year 11 and is worth 50% of the overall grade. The other 50% of the grade is based on component 2 which is a coursework based unit where students present part of their final work in the form of an A3 design portfolio and part of it as one final product or prototype.


Within the department we are fortunate enough to have 2 fully equipped kitchens; one which is laid out as an industrial kitchen and the other as a private use kitchen. In design technology we have 2 theory/design teaching rooms and one large workshop that is fully equipped with a range of tools and machinery including a laser cutter and 3D printer.


Year 11 OSL is held every week to support students with gaps in their knowledge and to provide an opportunity to catch up with coursework, both practical and theory based.

Higher Education Links

There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees that can be explored as a result of studying a technology based subject such as engineering, architecture and hospitality management.

Career Opportunities

  • Engineer
  • Designer
  • Tradesperson
  • Draftsperson
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Chef
  • Dietitian
  • Food manufacturing manager
  • Hospitality manager