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“Design and technology is about making things that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive fun activity.”

Sir James Dyson

Industrial designer & founder of Dyson

Design and Technology makes a unique contribution to the education of all children and young people. It is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. At Lipson we encourage our students to:

  • Look to the future; be creative and innovative
  • Design and make products using a variety of materials that work well and look good
  • Make design decisions that matter to the users of the products and to the wider world
  • Draw on a wide range of knowledge to solve problems in relevant, real life contexts
  • Develop an enterprising attitude and take risks
  • See opportunities and make things happen

Our Curriculum Learning Pathway

Key Stage 3 

In Key Stage 3 students work in the following material areas:  Product Design (which includes Resistant Materials, Graphics and Electronics) and Food. In Year 7, Product Design projects are focused on sustainability and the environment and students work mainly in wood. In Food, students focus on developing basic skills such as weighing and chopping, and will be making dishes such as macaroni cheese and Swiss roll

During Year 8 students design and make an MP3 speaker and a mirror in Product Design. In Food, students will be using higher level cooking skills and focus on cooking for a client and developing dishes based on the client’s needs.

Key Stage 4

KS4 Exam Boards


NCFE (V.Cert)

In Key Stage 4 (from Year 9 onwards) students can choose from a number of pathways. GCSEs are offered in Resistant Materials, Textiles, VCERT Level Two certificates (equivalent to one GCSE) are offered for Food and Cookery and Engineering Studies.

Resistant Materials:

Students will learn to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be developed, but other materials may be used in addition. Students work on a number of briefs during Years 9 & 10, developing skills in different materials areas along the way. During Year 11, students work on their controlled assessment piece – a design and make project – which is worth 60% of the GCSE.

Textiles (Technology)

The course is designed to give students an opportunity to extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of textiles and fashion within a variety of contexts. It will provide opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking and to manage a range of resources in order to develop textile items which are suited to the needs of individuals or families, and to recognise the influence of current trends, the market economy and technological change. Students work on a number of textile design briefs during Years 9 & 10, developing skills in different areas along the way. During Year 11 students work on their controlled assessment piece – a design and make project – which is worth 60% of the GCSE.

Food and Cookery

This course is designed for learners with a passion food and cookery. It will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.

 This qualification aims to:

 Focus on an applied study of the food and cookery  occupational area.

 Offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a  significant core of knowledge and theoretical content.

 Provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and  technical skills.



Engineering Studies

Engineering Studies is a practically based subject where students learn about the modern, engineered world. Students complete three different units of work and sit an engineering drawing exam. By studying Engineering at Lipson, students will learn how to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the engineering sector
  • Research a new idea.
  • Use engineering tools and equipment including hand tools, portable powered equipment and machine tools.
  • Perform a range of techniques and processes using selected materials
  • Draw, develop and take part in an engineering project.


Accommodation and facilities comprise:

3 mixed material Technology workshops in which students can work with wood, metals, plastics and electronics.

CAD / CAM suite with CNC routing and laser cutting machines.

Construction workshop including joinery area and  individual decorating booths.

Large, covered, outside brick and block work area.

2 professionally equipped catering kitchens.

Textiles workshop equipped with industrial sewing machines and sublimation printing equipment.