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Design & Technology

Design & Technology Curriculum Intent


The Design & Technology department at Faringdon Community College is a successful department who are committed to delivering a modern and engaging curriculum, providing a broad range of knowledge, skills, understanding and opportunities for all students using a wide variety of activities.  We have high expectations of all our learners and lead by example, ensuring work is completed to their best of their ability whilst allowing students to be creative and take risks in a safe and positive learning environment. The overall aim is to build confidence allowing students to become independent thinkers, innovators and problem solvers who are self-motivated and can also work successfully as part of a team. Within each subject of Design & Technology, students design and make products, developing their knowledge and practical capability, that solve relevant and real problems as well as providing a well thought out design solution within a variety of contexts and material areas, such as Food, Metals & Alloys, Paper & Board, Textiles, Timbers and Polymers. 

Students achieve well in Design & Technology gaining 'real world' skills, whilst developing independent thinking and problem-solving skills with an increased knowledge of the technologies present in the world in which they live. Students enjoy improving their designing and making skills, working safely and confidently as individuals and also as part of a team, while developing transferable skills they can enjoy in school and use in their future working lives.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and Year 8, all students have 5 hours a fortnight and rotate across the different subjects within D & T, spending approximately 8 weeks in each subject area. Students have the opportunity to work in the specialist rooms and material areas each year.  In Year 9, students spend approximately 10 weeks in 3 subject areas which student select at the end of Year 8 to deepen knowledge and skills further in preparation of GCSE.



Year 7



Flashing LED Memo Holder


Coleslaw, Vegetable Frittatas, Flapjacks, Scones, Apple Crumble, Sausage Plait


Recycled Monster

Product Design

A Desk Tidy

Year 8



Moving Toy


Pasta Bake, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Stir-fry, Chicken Curry, Fish Cakes, Mini Treacle Tarts


Punk themed Pencil Case

Product Design


Year 9


Villa Project


Savoury Rice, Stuffed Crust Pizza, Mini Quiche, Swiss Roll, Bread and Butter Pudding,


Tattoo inspired Bag

Product Design

Hardwood box with Pewter casting



Metal Work


Key Stage 4 & 5


There are a variety of courses on offer, including AQA D & T GCSE Textiles, Graphics and Product Design, WJEC Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE, Level 1/2 Engineering and WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering. All D & T GCSE courses involve practical design and make controlled tasks (NEAs), which are completed in Year 11 and comprise of 50% coursework and 50% exam.  Courses offered in Sixth Form include Ed Excel Product Design A-Level, AQA Textiles and Fashion A-Level and WJEC Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition.