Design And Technology

Staff Quote

Subject Leader

Vince Holland-Leavens


Libby Henson

Senior Technician

Liz Runacres


Margret Pacey

Design is intelligence made visible.
- Alina Wheeler

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.
- Robert L. Peters

The only important thing about design is how it relates to people
- Victor Papanek

The best ideas always start with an HB pencil and a sheet of plain paper
- Terence Conran

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
- Voltaire

Why study Design and Technology?

Design and Realisation is important, it is about the world around us and our interaction with this world. It involves the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the places we live and work, the gadgets we take for granted; it’s about keeping us entertained, keeping us healthy, keeping us alive. Successful students are those who are prepared to work hard and use their initiative and creativity to research and develop ideas. You will often find yourself in design situations in which neither you nor your teacher knows the answer! Design and Technology is where the student and teacher become equals in their desire to use knowledge and skills to understand current technologies and using this understanding to solve problems.

Aims / Objectives

In Design and Realisation we aim to:

  • Prepare students with the skills needed to understand and be a part of the technologically rich society in which we live.
  • For students to achieve at and above their target grades in Technology related subjects.
  • To set homework regularly to develop understanding and in preparation for coursework and exams.
  • To offer a range of options to more closely match the needs of students with appropriate qualifications.
  • Prepare students for further study in Technology whether that be Btec, A levels or University.

DT Key Stage 3

The Voyager Academy, Design and Technology department aims to provide a stimulating, interactive environment where students feel comfortable and engaged.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for students to develop their individual, creative thinking skills and realise their designs through innovative projects.

At Key Stage Three, Design and Technology is designed to give Voyager students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of designing and making products for themselves, their community and to meet specific client needs. The key stage is divided into six sections and over the two years, and allows students to access Food Technology kitchens, Graphics suites, Product Design workshops and a Textile studio.

Cutting edge technology also provides all Key Stage Three students with the opportunity to experience industrial approaches to design: with every workshop, suite and studio equipped with CAD/CAM equipment.

Using a rigorous departmental assessment procedure, students are continually aware of their progress, areas of expertise and those areas that need development. Using regular, assessment feedback, endless enthusiasm and encouragement we are confident that all our Key Stage Three students will achieve success.

Current Key stage three (Year 7 > 8) projects 2012 – 2013

  • Masks – Card Engineering
  • Clocks – Product Design
  • Skills building and Healthy Eating - Food
  • Rainforest beanies/Puppets - Textiles
  • Band promotion - Graphics
  • Electronic flying saucer - Electronics
  • Flat pack furniture – Product Design

Key Stage 4

In Year 8, students make choices for Year 9 where they can opt to take a broad Design and Technology based course, gaining three qualifications in a number of Btec s

  • Btec in 3D Design + Btec in Graphic Design + Btec Award in Home Cooking Skills

or a single subject qualification (currently Graphic Products).

  • GCSE Graphics Products (AQA)

In years 10 and 11 students may opt to study one of the courses below:

  • GCSE Electronic Products (AQA)
  • GCSE Food (AQA)
  • GCSE Graphics Products (AQA)
  • GCSE Product Design (AQA)
These courses are completed in one year with the students spending six lessons (300minutes) a week studying one of the above. This may be in Year 9, Year 10 or Year 11. There is also the possibility for the more able students to start a Key Stage 5 course (see below).

Textiles, at Key stage Four, is offered through the Art department, please refer to the Art Department section for further information.

Key Stage 5

In the sixth form students have the option of studying the following Design and Technology related courses:

  • AS/A2 Design Technology: Product Design - Graphics with Materials Technology (Edexcel)
  • AS/A2 Design Technology: Food Technology (Edexcel)

Extra curricular

The Design and Technology facilities are available outside of lesson times so that students can pursue interests that are not directly related to the curriculum.