Applied Learning

Design Technology

Design Technology is all about designing, making and testing products. Students have to use their imagination to come up with designs that differ in some way from existing products. They use techniques such as CAD (Computer Aided Design) as well as traditional sketches and drawings to develop their design ideas. Following on from these two-dimensional representations they may model their design solution before planning manufacture of a finished item. The finished item may be made from wood, plastic or metal and shaped using tools and workshop equipment or assembled from various components. The finished item should then be tested and evaluated to see if it is fit for purpose, this evaluation may result in improvements being identified. At some point each project will be revisited and developed to add mechanisms, detail or electronic features.

Vehicle Technology

Vehicle Technology introduces Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) students to the basic systems of motor vehicles. They will study some systems in more depth – they will learn what components make up that system, how that system functions and undergo practical and rigorous assessment to assess their knowledge, capability and skills. Students will, in addition, carry out tasks on working vehicles: routine maintenance, repairs and diagnosis of faults as they arise.


LONG TERM PLAN – IMI Level 1 Award in Transport Maintenance


Health and Safety in the Workplace  L1MV01

Knowledge Relating to Automotive Foundation Skills L1MV04

Moving Loads and Vehicle Lifting L1MV66

Locating, Interpreting & Using Technical Information L1MV02


Vehicle Materials and Joining Methods L1MV85

Knowledge Relating to Corrosion Protection L1MV87

The Retail Motor Industry L1MV86

Introduction to Mobile Automotive Repair Trades L1MV09

Routine Maintenance Processes and Procedures ELMV20

Air and Liquid Cooling System Components and Operation L1MV21

Lubrication System Components and Operation L1MV22


Introduction to Compression Ignition Fuel Systems ELMV25

Ciompression Ignition Fuel System Maintenance L1MV26

Vehicle Driveline Maintenance ELMV21

Remove and Replace a Cycle Gear Assembly L1MV80

Carry Out a Systematic Cycle Check L1MV81

Repair a Cycle Puncture L1MV82

Remove and Replace a Cycle Rim Brake Assembly L1MV83

Preparation to Become a Vehicle Driver L1MV06

Preparation for Riding a Motorcycle or Moped L1MV07

Reducing Risks When Driving Vehicles L1MV08

Introduction to Business Enterprise L1MV10



Food Technology

Year 6

Students start their cooking journey with a refresh of the basics. Once, aprons are tied and hands washed, the cooking of a number of simple sweet and savoury dishes commences. There is an emphasis on teamwork as students begin develop their cooking skills and knowledge of food, in a safe environment.

Year 7

Students are introduced to the kitchen environment where they will experience a variety of basic cooking skills and techniques in a safe environment. Over the course of the year we answer questions about where our food comes from and how we can make the right choices to eat healthily. Students learn how to use the cooker and work in pairs to produce a number of dishes based around a theme such as Healthy Breakfasts.

Year 8

Students develop their competency in a range of cooking techniques by cooking a repertoire of predominately savoury dishes. They are introduced to the sources, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients; extending their knowledge of nutrition and health. We answer questions such as how winter vegetables can contribute to a balanced diet. Students experience the making of a number dishes including fresh soups, pasta dishes, pizza, ratatouille and vegetable curries.

Year 9

Students continue develop their competency in a range of cooking techniques by cooking a repertoire of predominately savoury dishes. They are encouraged to work with a far greater independence, whilst considering others that they work alongside. Students are guided in how to extend their knowledge of nutrition and health through independent research. They are set a number of design and make briefs to explore their understanding of the subject and push their practical abilities, planning skills and organisation routines to the next level, in preparation for GCSE.

Year 10

The Food and Nutrition GCSE requires students to cover the following areas: food commodities, principles of nutrition, diet and good health, the science of food, where food comes from, cooking and food preparation.  In Year 10 students are encouraged to discover much of this knowledge through scientific enquiry and practical cookery. 

Students conduct a number of experiments to determine the working properties and nature of common ingredients in the food we eat. Through this process students have explored the gluten content of flours, ways to denature proteins, and, the properties and application of thickening agents, to name but a few. Each student has also to undertaken a design and make task of a savoury or sweet dish of their choosing.

Year 11

The Food and Nutrition GCSE requires students to complete their Non-examination assessment (NEAs) this year and prepare for the upcoming written exam. The written examination is 1 hour 30 minutes and contributes 40% to the overall mark. The NEA1 consist of a Food Science Investigation where candidates are expected to produce a written report of 2,000-2,500 words. The final NEA2 allows students to showcase their technical skills by cooking three dishes in 3 hours.  NEA2 candidates are expected to produce written supportive evidence in the form of a report 15 pages A4 (30 sides)




Creative Craft

Level 1 Certificate in Creative Studies: Craft

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in craft and can be delivered in a variety of contexts. Examples could include wood crafts, floristry, textiles, garment making, stained glass, mosaics, weaving, card making etc. Whilst to some students it may sound similar to Design and Technology, Creative Craft gives them the opportunity to work with other materials that would not ordinarily be included in Resistant Materials.

This course aims to give students a broad understanding of craft and allow them to use tools and materials in a safe and competent manner.

Students will look at existing craft designs and designers and communicate their own ideas in different ways—through sketching, modelling and experimenting.

Students will produce a portfolio of their work that can be submitted at the end of the course.


Horticulture is the art of cultivating a garden, including the management of fruits, vegetable, flowers or ornamental plants. As such it is a life skill which enables students to develop confidence, independence and the ability to tend their own gardens.

Key Stage 3

In years 8 and 9, pupils are encouraged to develop a range of basic skills in the subject whilst also developing an enjoyment of working outdoors. The tasks include horticultural skills and some basic landscaping, much of which requires teamwork, persistence and determination. Topics include:

  • Preparing soil for sowing and planting   
  • Assist with planting and establishing plants
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants and weeds
  • Assist with the propagation of plants from seed.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, pupils may choose to attempt the RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture. This practical qualification focuses on developing basic horticultural skills. The qualification consists of six units split across the two years, covering the following subject areas:

  • Preparing soil for sowing and planting
  • Assist with the propagation of plants from seed
  • Assist with the vegetative propagation of plants
  • Assist with planting and establishing plants
  • Soil testing
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests and diseases