Mr D W R Stinson (Head of Department)
Mr R Eves
Mrs N E Mitchell
Mr P Leckey (Technician)


  1. To develop an interest in Technology and Design.
  2. To equip pupils with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to solve. practical/technological problems which may involve the manufacture of quality products.
  3. To develop in pupils the ability to think and plan in a logical sequence of procedures towards a given objective and to pursue goals which can be realistically achieved according to their ability.
  4. To equip pupils with an understanding of control systems.
  5. To develop a range of communication skills.
  6. To ensure safe working practices.
  7. To encourage and develop independent thinking.
  8. To encourage curiosity, enquiry, initiative, inventiveness, creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness and confidence.
  9. To encourage pupils to appreciate the benefits of working with others in teams.
  10. To develop an awareness of the impact of Technology and Design.
  11. To provide pupils with opportunities to evaluate their own work and the work of others.



In KS3 Level Technology and Design, students develop an understanding of the potential impact of technology and its critical role in the world around us. Through designing and making their own products, students:

  • identify and solve real-life problems;
  • develop practical technological skills;
  • learn how to relate these skills to industrial practices;
  • enhance their capacity for imaginative and innovative thinking, creativity and independence; and
  • develop confidence as they learn.
Term 1
Year 8 Year 9 Year 10

Safety (1)

Graphics Project (1b)

Puzzle Cube ProjectDesign
and Manufacture (Wood) (2)

Safety (7)

Clock Project – Design & Manufacture (Plastic) (8)

CAD (Using ICT a
pproved Task) – Clock Design Online Collaboration (Using ICT Approved Task) (10)

Safety (12)

Stage Project - Design & Model/ Manufacture (Modelling Materials) (14)

Logicator - (Using ICT Approved Task)- Computer Control (13)
Christmas Examinations- Tracking Assessment – Design Task Christmas Examinations- Tracking Assessment – Design Task Christmas Examinations- Tracking Assessment – Design Task

Term 2

Graphics- CAD-   Google SketchUp

MiniLite Project-– Design, Manufacture (Plastics) & Electronic Control (4)

Online Collaboration   Task (Using ICT Approved Task)– What would life be like without electronics

Structures Project - Manufacture (Soft Materials-Modelling) (10b)

Graphics- CAD – Solidworks (15)

MP3 Amp Project- Design, Manufacture (Plastic) & Electronic Control System (16)

Term 3

Note Holder Project- Design &
Manufacture (Wood, Metal and Plastic) (5)

Blog Project (6)

Mechanical Toy Project- Design, Manufacture (Plastic) & Mechanical Control System (11)

Mobile Phone holder - Manufacture (Plastic) (16)

Summer Examinations- Tracking
Assessment – Design Task

Summer Examinations- Tracking Assessment – Design Task Summer Examinations- Tracking Assessment – Design Task


………..= Practical Activity
………..=Communication-CAD – Hand Graphics
………..=Approved Using ICT Task


  • Tracking assessments 1 & 3 will be based on the completion of the specified Unit/Project
  • Tracking assessments 2 & 4 will be based on terminal examinations conducted in the nominated examination locations.


GCSE Technology and Design

Awarding Body - CCEA
Through studying GCSE Technology and Design, students have opportunities to:

  • analyse existing products;
  • develop practical solutions to consumer needs, wants and opportunities;
  • design and make quality products and/or systems;
  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies;
  • understand that products have an impact on lifestyle;
  • develop their creativity and critical analysis skills;
  • make links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design;
  • explore how aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making;
  • develop decision-making skills;
  • consider sustainability; and
  • gain insight into related sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.

Please refer to the Subject Choice for GCSE Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.


GCSE Technology and Design

Awarding Body – EDEXCEL
In GCE Technology and Design, students study technology and design in a range of contexts including home, school, recreation, community, business and industry.Through studying GCE Technology and Design, students have opportunities to:

  • make use of tacit knowledge and reflective practices in order to work with tasks that are challenging and often require definition;
  • develop and sustain their creativity and innovative practice;
  • recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products;
  • develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and historical perspective;
  • draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas;
  • draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technological activities;
  • develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices; and
  • use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability.

Please refer to the Subject Choice for AS/A Level Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.


Years 8-10

Pupils will continue to work on any outstanding design-work not completed in class.Homework will normally require 30 minutes to complete.A variety of homework tasks will be set involving pupils in research, graphical presentation and design.

Years 11-12

A variety of homework tasks will be set involving pupils in research, preparation for controlled assessment and independent study.Pupils will be given regular homework to reinforce learning and enhance controlled assessment.

Years 13-14

Pupils will be set individual coursework-based homeworks according to the needs of their project.A variety of homework tasks will be set including research, design sheet production and planning for production. 

The Technology and Design Department follows the whole school policy on homework. This will be enhanced as follows:

  • Homework is an integral part of the reinforcement of teaching and learning. It should build on the work in the classroom and should reflect the learning objectives of the lesson/unit.
  • Pupils will be given regular homework when required.
  • KS3 homework will require 20-30 mins approximately to complete.
  • Examination class level homework may frequently take the form of completing or developing sections of coursework.
  • A variety of homework tasks should be set. Homework will be differentiated according to the ability of the pupils.
  • Homework for SEN pupils must reflect the IEPs.
  • Pupils will be given detailed instructions about what is required and teachers will check for their understanding of the requirements.
  • Pupils should record all homework in their diaries.
  • Teachers will frequently check that homework details are recorded accurately in the diaries.
  • Teachers will bring to the attention of the Head of Department, pupils giving particular cause for concern.
  • The Head of Department will liaise with the Form Teacher/Vice-Principal Pastoral if any pupil is causing concern to develop a joined up strategy.
  • Teachers must insist that homework is completed on time.
  • The content and presentation of homework must be assessed by the teacher.
  • Teachers should provide feedback on homework giving the pupils an understanding of the suitability of the work and where there are areas for improvement.
  • The teacher will keep a record of all homework, if it has been submitted on time and any marks if appropriate.

Contact us

Sullivan Upper School
Belfast Road
BT18 9EP