Design and Technology

Ms Emily Underhill – Subject Leader –

Ms Rebecca Lucas  –  Teacher –

Design & Technology Reading List

Design & Technology Curriculum Intent

“Design & Technology is an inspiring, creative, rigorous and practical subject. Subject areas within Design and Technology offer a rich, varied and engaging curriculum. ”

Full curriculum information for every subject studied at The Macclesfield Academy can be downloaded here

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Design and Technology combines practical, technological and creative thinking to design and make products for human needs. Pupils analyse and evaluate existing products, use research techniques to design and make their own products that are aimed at a specific consumer group. Practical skills are a key element of D&T, as is the ability to use Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) to enhance outcomes.


In Year 7 and 8, students rotate through a series of Design and Technology disciplines – Textiles, Electronics, Resistant Materials and Food Technology. Within each project phase the students also cover Graphics skills such as drawing styles and using programmes such as Photoshop, Google Sketch-up and 2D design to enhance their design portfolios.

  • Pupils can critically analyse and evaluate existing products
  • Pupils use imagination and creativity to develop their own ideas both individually and as a team
  • Use tools and equipment safely and correctly
  • Pupils can use CAD/CAM effectively to improve product outcomes
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of a range of materials and processes
  • Generate, develop and model ideas using a range of techniques.

Each D&T subject covers a 12 week programme with a 100 minute lesson each week.

The pupils work to a design brief where they carry out research, analyse and evaluate existing products, create designs and model and make their ideas. Pupils carry out a range of practical activities to develop individual skills.

They learn to use tools and equipment safely and correctly to produce products made from fabrics, plastics, metals and wood and new ‘smart materials’. CAD/CAM plays an increasingly important part.


Pupils can choose either Graphic Design or Hospitality and Catering as part of the school’s pathways process.

NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design
Being a Graphic designer is the profession of visual communication that combines images, words and ideas to convey information to an audience.  It involves designing print or electronic forms of visual information for advertisement, publication or a website.  Graphic design should not be confused with Art and Design or Product Design.  It is distinct from these subjects and should be treated as so.  This qualification focuses on an applied study of the Graphic design sector and learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the sector.  This qualification has been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects and is appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences.
Grading:  PASS.  MERIT.  DISTINCTION.  (Equivalent to 4, 5 and 6/7).
As well as the 120 Guided Learning Hours, there is a 10hr practical exam.  No written exam.
To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design, learners are required to successfully complete 4 mandatory units.  Learners must also achieve a minimum of a Pass in the external assessment.

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Food Technology

Essential Skills and Knowledge for Food Technology


D&T is also delivered in the form of design and make activities through the Enrichment programme, including the Rollercoaster Challenge and after school sewing club.


  • 1 Fully equipped Food Tech room.
  • 2 DT Workshops including CNC vinyl cutters and a Laser Cutter
  • 1 ICT Suite of Computers giving access to Photoshop, Google Sketch-Up and 2D Design CAD software .
  • 1 Textiles room equipped with sewing machines, overlockers and embroidery machines.
  • 1 Electronics lab
  • All classrooms have an Interactive Whiteboard and a number of student PC’s.