Design and Technology

Why study Design and Technology?

The Design and Technology department at Barnhill School are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students. One which will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competencies as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. 

  In all areas of Design and Technology the children are encouraged to consider the effectiveness of their designs and requirements of the product. Every child will have the opportunity to learn and extend their understanding, experience and application in the use of technology. Design and Technology develops children's skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues, and as outlined in the National Curriculum document, we follow a ‘Design, Make, Evaluate’ approach to the teaching and learning of DT. This challenge gives the children the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to a greater depth (mastery) level. 

The department firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care. 

Programme of Study

Product Design and Textiles 

  • Understanding the research and design process  
  • Rules and routines of how health and safety are applied throughout the workshop and design process.  
  • Knowing and understanding the design process through, researching, analysing and investigating the task set. Creating mood boards, questionnaires and identifying with designers to help their design process.   
  • Knowing and understanding embroidery techniques and fabric construction.  
  • Constructing initial design ideas towards producing their final outcomes.  

Food Technology 

  • Understanding hygiene & Safety in Cooking & Nutrition  
  • How to use equipment safely e.g. Knife skills, weighing and measuring 
  • What is healthy eating & nutrition   
  • Understanding wants & needs of the consumer e.g. allergies, religion 
  • Food Choice & Dietary Needs  
  • Food Safety and Contamination 
  •  High risk foods 
  • Design Brief & Task Analysis, Creating mood boards 
  • Generating Design Ideas  
  • Developing & Finalising Ideas  
  • How to evaluate final outcomes  
  • Packaging & Labelling  


The WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units: Unit 1 - The Hospitality and Catering Industry Unit 2 - Hospitality and Catering in Action Learners must complete both units. This structure has been designed to develop in learners the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they must consider to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication. 

Each of the units of the WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed so that knowledge, skills, and understanding are developed through tasks that have many of the characteristics of real work in the sector. Each unit has what is referred to as an applied purpose, which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. They have been devised around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review' approach so that learners take part in practical activities in different contexts in order to learn the related theories. This approach mirrors many work-related activities in the hospitality and catering sector and also provides for learning in a range of contexts. As such, the qualification provides learners with a broad appreciation of work in the hospitality and catering sector and wider opportunities for progression into further education, employment, or training. Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry Learners apply their learning by considering all aspects of the vocational sector. They should acquire knowledge of all aspects of the industry and be able to propose new hospitality and catering provision for specific locations. Learners will be able to use their learning of different types of establishment and job roles to determine the best option. They will then apply their learning in relation to front of house and kitchen operations to determine how the proposed hospitality and catering provision will operate efficiently legally and financially viable whilst meeting the needs of their potential market. This unit provides a broad introduction to the vocational sector in a way that is purposeful and develops a range of transferable skills. Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action Learners apply their learning to safely prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes. They will draw on their learning of different types of provision and kitchen and front of house operations in Unit 1, as well as personal safety in their preparations. The content is relevant not only to employees within food production, but also those with a responsibility for food safety in the industry, nutritionists and managers and owners. This extends the learners appreciation of the whole vocational area beyond the kitchen environment. 

Useful Resources

Senaca Food resources 


Homework will be set throughout the duration of the course. Homework will entail both practical and research based home learning. Homework tasks always relevant to the content taught in lesson.