Mr A Thomas   andrewthomas@bisak.org

GCSE: Design Technology


All work is assessed on the appropriate use of graphic materials and the application of graphic skills. Final solutions are through models or prototypes.  The pupils study many drawing techniques and develop an understanding of the technology behind the subject.  The subject requires pupils to demonstrate application and understanding of:


·       materials and components

·       industrial and commercial processes

·       analysing products

·       designing products

·       technology

·       sustainability

·       ethical design and manufacture


Students who thrive in this subject are those who excel at investigating, researching, planning and organising.  Pupils who enjoy Graphic Products tend to have a flair for innovative, creative and imaginative work.   

This course is a foundation for anyone interested in any form of design based career. These might include architecture, media, advertising, promotional work and the packaging industry. 

Design and Technology

Key Stage 4 GCSE

Design and technology


Design and Technology is all about solving problems through designing and making. At BISAK we try to utilise our pupils’ natural curiosity, encouraging them to develop an understanding of how things work and a critical awareness of the man-made world.

Pupils cover one major Design and Make Assignment each year, allowing them to develop their skills and their understanding of the Design Process. The Assignments have been planned to maximise continuity and progression so that pupils can develop the confidence to become independent problem solvers. The current Design and Make Assignments are:

Year 7  Packaging          Year 8  Candle Holder           Year 9  Clock

All lessons take place in the Workshop/Graphics Room or the Food Technology Suite. Pupils are taught to adopt safe practice when using tools and equipment. Computer facilities are readily available at all stages of the design process.

Pupils can go on to study for GCSE (Edexcel) in Design and Technology in Year 10 and 11.


Cooking and Nutrition


As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. At BISAK we believe that instilling a love of cooking in pupils will open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Pupils are taught to:

• understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health.

• cook a repertoire of dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet.

• become competent in a range of cooking techniques.

• understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.