In D&T at GAA students learn and acquire a wide range of practical skills. Students over the course of KS3 develop a range of basic skills including Health, safety and hygiene, designing, cutting, shaping, constructing, combining to producing complete outcomes.  Skills acquired prepare students to be able to both design and make in wood as well as cook healthy, balanced and nutritional meals. KS3 D&T at GAA also offers a more technical range of designing and making skills for entry into a level 2 course of study. (or even entry to the Great British Bake off.) These skills are not only essential life skills but are a sound foundation for a multitude of job opportunities and or apprenticeships.  The skills developed and mastered in D&T are both relevant for providing our students with local employability options. The core skills taught are also a necessity for a prosperous and successful nation. 

In D&T Students follow SOL in two disciplines, food preparation and nutrition and design and technology (with a strong focus on wood). Over the course of KS3 students gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and ingredients. They learn about the source, form and functionality of these materials as well as how their use impacts upon the environment. Students are taught about healthy eating and nutrition and about the direct relationship between good diet and good health.  Students are encouraged to consider that their choices as consumers both now and in the future have a part to play in having a sustainable future for the planet. From selecting and using seasonal ingredients to recycling, reusing and reinventing. Students are taught through a variety of design and make projects and stand-alone lessons which have a strong focus on teaching and delivering the knowledge and understanding through a wide range of practical activities.

GCSE Design and Technology (WJEC board)

Why choose this course?

Design and Technology is important for everyone and as well as a life skill, gaining qualifications in this subject can lead to a wide variety of job / career opportunities.

Jobs / career opportunities include:

  • Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Manufacturing
  • STEM

Areas of study/ subject content:

  • Technical principles including the designed world
  • Materials
  • CAD/CAM
  • Electronics

Skills requirements: Designing and making techniques

During this course students will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to Design and Make products using a variety of materials.  Students will also study core technical principles as well as having the opportunity to develop practical making skills.

How you will be assessed

50% None Examined Assessment (NEA) (Design and Make activity)

50% Written Exam

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Why choose this course?

Food preparation and nutrition is important for everyone and gaining qualifications in this subject can lead to a wide variety of job / career opportunities within the food and health industries.

Areas of study/ subject content

  • Nutrition
  • Food
  • Cooking and food preparation

Skills requirements: preparation and cooking techniques.

During this course students will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.  Students will also study food provenance and food choice as well as having opportunities to develop practical food preparation skills. This course could lead to further education in health and nutrition and/ or career opportunities in the catering/ restaurant industries.