Design and Create

The Design and Create Faculty aims to prepare students for our ever changing and fast paced society. We want to prepare students with skills needed to succeed: creative thinking, problem solving and resilience.

Faculty Subjects

  • Art and Design
  • Photography
  • Design Technology: Food Technology, Product Design, Textiles and Graphics

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

  • 1 period per week of Art following elements of the National Curriculum and the skills required for GCSE
  • 1 period per week of Technology following elements of the National Curriculum and the skills required for GCSE in the specialist areas
  • Pupils work on a carousel and do 2 of the 4 technologies, they do the remaining 2 in Year 8

Year 8

  • 1 period per week of Art following elements of the National Curriculum and the skills required for GCSE
  • 1 period per week of Technology following elements of the National Curriculum and the skills required for GCSE in the specialist areas Pupils work on a carousel and do the remaining 2 technologies that they didn’t do in Year 7

Year 9

  • 1 period per week of Art following elements of the National Curriculum and the skills required for GCSE
  • 1 period per week of Technology following elements of the National Curriculum and the skills required for GCSE in the specialist areas. Pupils opt to do 2 of the 4 technologies on offer and spend half year in each

Options Offered at the end of Year 9

  • GCSE Art & Design (AQA)
  • GCSE Photography (AQA)
  • L1/L2 Visual Communications Technical Award (AQA)
  • L1/L2 Materials Technology Technical Award (AQA)
  • L1/L2 Fashion & Textiles Technical Award (AQA)
  • L1/L2 Hospitality & Catering (WJEC)

Key Stage 3 Art and Design

Over the course of the KS3 curriculum students will have the opportunity to explore painting, printing, 3D making and craft skills. These skills will develop in complexity as students’ progress through KS3. Each set of skills will be explored through a theme with artist and/or cultural links.

Year 7

  • Formal elements
  • Natural Form
  • Lollipop

Year 8

  • Judy Pfaff
  • Contemporary Artists
  • Careers in Art

Year 9

  • Identity
  • Destroy Rankin
  • Disguise

Year 7-9

  • Materials Technology
  • Food & cookery
  • Visual Communications
  • Fashion & Textiles

Key Stage 3 Design Technology

Design Technology modules develop student understanding of subject knowledge and skills through a range of focused practical tasks that introduce them to the different material areas.


GCSE Art

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • No. of Controlled Assessments: All projects
  • No. of Exams: 1 One ten hour (2 day) practical exam in Year 11

Portfolio of Work (all projects completed in year 10 plus first project in year 11) 60% Unit 2 Externally set task (one project chosen from options given by AQA completed between January and April) 40%

Year 10 Units:

  • Fantastic and Strange
  • Messages

Year 11 Units:

  • Unit 1: Close up (mock exam)
  • Unit 2: Externally set task (exam project)

GCSE Photography

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • No. of Controlled Assessments: All projects
  • No. of Exams: 1 One ten hour (2 day) practical exam in Year 11

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (all projects completed in Year 10 plus first project in Year 11) 60% Unit 2.
Externally set task (one project chosen from options given by AQA completed between January and April) 40%.

Year 10 Units:

  • Portraiture
  • Journeys
  • Take an object for a walk

Year 11 Units:

  • Unit 1: Mock exam – Fantastic and Strange
  • Unit 2: Externally set task (exam project)

GCSE Product Design

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • No. of Controlled Assessments: One
  • No. of Exams: One – sat at the end of Year 11

Unit 1: Extended controlled assessment portfolio of work and a made product, worth 60% of the final grade.
Unit 2: Written exam worth 40% of the final grade. Preliminary material released for pupils in March of Year 11.


GCSE Graphic Products

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • No. of Controlled Assessments: One
  • No. of Exams: One – sat at the end of Year 11

Unit 1: Extended controlled assessment portfolio of work and a made product, worth 60% of the final grade.
Unit 2: Written exam worth 40% of the final grade. Preliminary material released for pupils in March of Year 11.


L1/2 Hospitality & Catering

  • Exam Board: WJEC
  • No. of Controlled Assessments: One
  • No. of Exams: One – sat at the end of Year 11

Unit 1: Controlled assessment with practical, worth 60% of the final grade.
Unit 2: Written exam worth 40% of the final grade.


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