Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Box Hill School

Key Stage 3

All students study Design and Technology in Year 7-9. The course addresses the need to blend skills development and design awareness. The emphasis is on quality materials and good quality making of an artefact, with creativity and ideas being an important factor. Projects are set by the department. Students make full use of the resources available in the completion of their design file, together with an accompanying end product. Health and Safety is also a key topic area covered when working in the workshop.

Examples of design and make projects undertaken include 3D clocks, mechanical toys and a jewellery box.


In Years 10 and 11, AQA courses in Resistant Materials are offered at GCSE. This course has been designed to enable candidates to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials is required, but other materials may be used in addition. The use of new technologies is encouraged. This course is designed to foster student awareness of the need to consider sustainability and environmental impact of their design.

Students in Resistant Materials all follow the same coursework objectives. These objectives are common to all exams. Students in Years 10 and 11 will all undertake individual pieces of coursework. Students make full use of the resources available in the production of their design folio, together with an accompanying end product.

further studies

Design & Technology can be studied in our Sixth Form, either as part of the International Baccalaureate or as a separate A-Level.

- Design Technology as part of the International Baccalaureate

- Design & Technology A-Level