Design & Technology

Design & Technology


Design Technology at HGS is a popular Department, all year groups are encouraged to express their creativity and analytical skills over a range of projects taking in a range of disciplines within Design Technology. We also offer a Technology Club in which students can continue with their making or explore the possibilities in developing interest in the extra-curricular activities available.

We currently offer DT at KS3 and KS4. With Resistant Materials, Electronic Products and Engineering for G.C.S.E with the AQA Exam Board. There may be the possibility of introducing ‘A’ level in the future.


Year 7 Modules:

Resistant Materials
Students make an Automata in wood using a range of hand and power tools. Theory and Graphics is covered in a workbook which is completed for Homework.

Computer Aided Design

Students are introduced to a Computer Aided Design (CAD) package Techsoft 2D design.

They learn how to develop a design which they will then produce using a laser, Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) to cut out a practical outcome.

In this module students will build up body of evidence of learning with practical outcomes and in the form of technical diary.

Electronic Buzzer
This is a hands on project in which students make a membrane switch operating a buzzer. Students are introduced to Circuit Wizard design software and soldering skills.

Students get hands on experience in following a recipe, cook and take home a finished product every practical lesson.



Year 8 Modules:

Resistant Materials
Spinner- Students develop further their skills of manual dexterity and knowledge in producing a flying spinner project that involves Wood, Metal and Plastic. They will be introduced to processes such as Vacuum Forming with Plastic and Brazing Steel.

Sensor Circuit- students will further develop their knowledge and understanding of switches used, explore how environmental changes can affect sensors to trigger transistors leading to an output. Students will use CAD software to design and simulate a model of their circuit leading to a CAM process to make their circuit and build it up into a working product with an appropriate case. Written evidence is used to expand on their knowledge and understanding of electronics.

Students continue with hands on experience and they will build upon skills and knowledge gained in Year 7. Again they will cook and take home a finished product every practical lesson. Written evidence is important in providing evidence of knowledge and progress.

Computer Aided Design

Students are introduced to a Computer Aided Design package PTC Creo. In using this they learn to produce a design in the digital environment. This will developed into Orthographic drawings for use in an engineering environment and a rendered Digital Model of a mortar.

In this module students will build up a body of evidence in the form of a manual on how to construct the digital mortar.

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Year 9 Modules:

During Year 9, students will be making their option choices for Key Stage 4. In order to prepare students for this important step they will work following the Design Process used by our Exam Board AQA.

These groups are set following performance across Year 8. During this year students will continue to work to a greater understanding of the Design Process and will follow modules in:

Students can chose between two projects, one to design and make a project using a flashing light that may be used by cyclists or pedestrians. The other is a Personal Alarm that can protect their belongings such as mobiles and cameras.

Both projects are built around an Integrated Circuit. Students will develop their research techniques and presentation in the presentation of a high quality folder. Realisation of the project involves the production using Circuit Wizard design software to design and simulate leading to production of a Printed Circuit Board produced using a CAM engraver. Students will also produce a Vacuum formed case using Pro-Engineer and Boxford CAD/CAM.

Students will be challenged to build upon existing skills whilst learning new skills and gaining knowledge about food processes and how food contributes towards a healthy lifestyle gained during Key Stage 3. Again they will prepare, cook and take home a finished product every practical lesson.

Resistant Materials – Canon
This project will involve work in both metal and wood. Students will use Boxford CAD software to design a canon barrel that will be made on the CNC Boxford lathe. Students will learn to design, model and run through a simulation before the produce their design in brass or aluminum.

The carriage will be designed and made in the wood work room using oak developing hand skills and manual dexterity. A Pro-E file will be used to develop designs from rough sketches to orthographic drawings following the AQA design process.

Computer Aided Design Scalextric Project
This project involves Using CAD software to modify a set file of a chassis design for a scalextric car. Students have to understand and meet a specification by altering the chassis design. This will made using the CAM laser with a high degree of accuracy. Once done this will be built up including the circuit and gearing and tested. Students will also produce a file of Pro-Engineer designs and industry standard Orthographic drawings. Students will provide evidence of understanding of the CAM processes and design ideas to meet the specification with a written folder. All support materials are available on the school web site. This is an exciting and demanding project in which students will have the opportunity to make a body to go with the Chassis using 3D Boxford software to produce a Vacuum Form Plug.

Key stage 4

Year 10 & 11

We currently offer three schemes from the AQA suite at GCSE level:

Electronics Products
Resistant Materials

These Schemes are assessed by the exam board in a 60-40 ratio: 60% of the marks are awarded for the design and manufacture of a project along with a detailed coursework folder. Course work takes 45 hours and has to be produced under controlled assessment conditions. The remaining 40% is based on a written examination.

This suite of courses offers students the opportunity to build and develop knowledge and skills acquired during Key Stage 3, along with new skills required to achieve the higher grades in coursework and examinations.

We support our students with a vibrant Technology Club. Support materials are also available on the school web site.