Design and Technology (DT)

Subject Vision
“At Unity College the Design and Technology team work together to prepare students to be the creators of tomorrow.”

We empower the young people of Unity College with the skills that enable them to create and develop innovative solutions, using a combination of manual and computer aided means of manufacture.

Design and Technology at Unity is an inspiring and rigorous subject.  Using creativity and imagination all our students will design and make products that solve problems considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.  Our students learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens in an ever evolving society.

Although not compulsory we strive to encourage our students to follow a technology course of study at Key Stage 4 and beyond to prepare them for the Engineering opportunities that are available within the immediate locality and further afield.

Programme of Study
Year 7 Year 8
  • Resistant Materials – Paper Clip
  • Resistant Materials – Gift and Box
  • Food – Various Dishes
  • Engineering – Coat Hook
  • CAD/CAM – Air Freshener
  • Food – Various Dishes
  • Electronics – Moisture Sensor
  • Electronics – Amplifier



Courses available at Key Stage 4: year 9, 10 and 11
Year 9

  • Design & Technology GCSE AQA
  • Food Technology GCSE

Year 10

  • Design & Technology – Resistant Materials GCSE AQA
  • Food Technology GCSE AQA

Year 11

  • Design & Technology – Resistant Materials GCSE AQA
  • Food TEchnology GCSE AQA
  • Design & Technology – Electronic Products GCSE AQA


Enrichment and extra-curricular activities
  • Electroneering Club – a combination of electronics and engineering type projects aimed at year 7 and 8 students
  • Coursework Club – aimed at all GCSE students to enable them more one to one time with their subject teacher
  • Guest Speakers
  • Visits
  • Christmas Cake Making


How to support your child in this subject
  • Encourage sketching and drawing by providing equipment to do so and a quiet place to work.
  • When visiting places, question the design and materials of buildings, bridges and meals provided.
  • To practise with your child how to read recipes and cook basic products by following basic instructions.
  • To encourage more cooking at home and repeat products made in school.
  •  To watch cookery programmes.
  • When assembling flat pack furniture (such as Ikea) involve your child.
  • To visit the following websites:

YouTube – how its made

BBC Bitesize revision



Meat education

Diary council

BBC Food


  • App games such as What’s the Brand / What food is it?
  • To invest in GCSE Revision books either provided through school or retailers
  • Go through homework with your child and use Show My Homework
  • Go on the VLE and access any resources uploaded.