Welcome to the Design Technology Department

At Key Stage 3 Design and Technology is divided into distinct subject areas:

These subjects are taught on a rotational system in order that all students experience the different subject areas at least once during Key Stage 3.  

Food Technology

Food Technology at Ashton Community Science College is about finding out and exploring different types of food in a fun and practical way. Different ingredients and processes will be experimented with to design and create dishes that combine influences from a variety of different sources.

Key Stage 3 Food Technology

At Key Stage 3, students will cover many of the basic culinary skills associated with food production, whilst being encouraged to show awareness of health and safety issues. Simple design and make tasks will introduce students to the need to carry out market research in order to create dishes to meet public demand.

Key Stage 4 Food Technology

At Key Stage 4, students will have a greater insight into the needs of the food industry. Practical work will combine complex methods of food production with an appreciation of the need to present food aesthetically. The course offered is to GCSE level.

Graphic Products

Graphic Products provides students with the opportunity to creatively design and make original products using a range of graphic and modelling techniques. The design and make process is followed, allowing the students to explore computer image manipulation, develop an understanding of colour and their technical drawing skills.

Key Stage 4 Art Graphics

Following the AQA GCSE in Art Graphics, projects include packaging, prototype modelling and concept design with a range of design and make activities. There is a focus on developing commercially viable design solutions to meet a range of needs, whilst focusing on the need to develop a sustainable society. Careers in Graphic Design include Advertising Art Director, Web Designer/Developer and Computer Games Designer/Programmer

Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials are wood, plastic, metal and composite materials.  In Key Stage 3 students complete a number of short “design and Make” projects.  The projects follow a design process that starts with a design problem.  Students will analyse and research the problem before presenting their design ideas for solving the problem.  Each project allows for a practical solution to be built in the workshop, where pupils can develop their skills using tools and equipment, to cut, shape, form, join, clean and finish materials.  Each project is evaluated either during development or when it is finished. 

The students at Keystage 3 complete the following projects:

Ks3 YEAR7: Balancing Bird, Wind Chimes, Photo Holder, Wooden Snake, Memo Board

Ks3 YEAR8: Skills Block, Wooden Vehicle, Ergonomic Pen, Woodpecker, Letter Frame, Acrylic Letters

Key Stage 4 Resistant Materials

At key stage 4 students follow the AQA GCSE Design and Technology – Resistant Materials specification.

The following projects are designed to enhance and develop the students workshop skills using a variety of tools and processes:

Year 9 : Door Hanger, Phone Holder, Phone Charger, Clock, Photo Holder, Wood container, Tea Light Holder, Wooden Slot Animals, Educational Toy, Practice Joints, metal Pendant.

Year 10 : Resistant materials Theory, Door Stop, Practice Joints, Mirror, Key box, Coaster Box, Shoe Rack

Year 11 :  Manufacture a product for Storage within 45 hours, Produce a 20 page Design Folder, Preparation for a 2 hour written exam.

Systems and Control

Systems and Control provides opportunities for students to apply aesthetic, moral, social, economic and industrial awareness in their design work. Students are encouraged to use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical, ICT and modeeling skills, to help their thinking and their ability in the process of designing.


Textiles at Ashton Community Science College is about exploring and developing different ideas using fabrics in imaginative and practical way. Different techniques and processes will be experimented with to design and create a range of products.

Key Stage 3 Textiles

At Key Stage 3 students will cover many of the basic practical skills, including using the sewing machine whilst being encouraged to show awareness of health and safety issues. Simple design and make tasks will introduce students to the need to carry out research in order to create products. In year 7 students will learn how to develop the skill of hand and machine applique whilst producing a gift for example a small cushion. In year 8 students will learn how to develop various textiles skills including printing and quilting resulting in a fashion piece to be exhibited at a Fashion show. 

Key Stage 4 Textiles

At Key Stage 4 students will follow the AQA GCSE in Art Textiles. Students will be introduced to a variety of exciting experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes. They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design. Responses to these examples will be shown through practical activities. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate. Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including fashion and costume, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles.

Food Technology - Key Stage 3

Graphic Product Practical Pieces

Resistant Materials Practical Work

Textiles Gallery - Keystage 3

Textiles Gallery - Keystage 4