The Design and Technology faculty at Westleigh has highly dedicated specialist teachers and support technicians to ensure high quality teaching and learning is delivered in this very creative and enthusiastic department. The faculty is very committed to developing new and inspiring projects that will provide pupils of all abilities with a secure understanding of Technology and its implementation to the world of industry.

The Design & Technology department is located in its own block with 6 specialist rooms equipped with fully interactive media boards. The department consists of a Food Technology room with commercial equipment such as a blast chiller and an industrial fridge. Two rooms dedicated to Graphics and Product Design which also contain laser cutters, various computer aided manufacturing machines, sublimation printing systems and an ICT suite. The Resistant Materials room is also fully equipped with various industrial machines and tools, a CITB training room is also situated within the block, along with a specialist Systems and Control room with facilities for Printed Circuit Board manufacture.

To support pupils in their learning the department opens at lunchtimes and after school to provide pupils with access to the specialist areas and equipment for homework and various coursework tasks.

KS3 Study at The Westleigh School

At Key Stage Three there are five separate subjects to be studied. These include Product Design, Graphics, Food Technology, Resistant Materials and Systems and Control. Students complete a project in each area during the academic year.


Food Technology offers students the opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive experience from working with food as a material. The practical problem solving activities that Technology involves encourages independent learning, creativity and innovation.


Graphic Products allows students to develop their design and manufacturing skills, knowledge and understanding in a wide range of areas within the subject content. Graphic Products is concerned with both the visual imagery/appeal and also the production of a three dimensional outcome that is up to industry standard.


Product Design is designed to encourage creativity and imagination as students develop their design and manufacturing skills through the creation of innovative products. The three dimensional products that are to be created will demand skills in the latest technologies at The Westleigh School in the achievement of high quality outcomes.


Resistant Materials explores the creation of high quality products using a range of materials, tools and equipment. This area of Technology will support the development of problem solving skills, independence and accuracy in hand crafting skills.


Systems and Control allows students to explore the exciting world of electronic products in supporting and enhancing our everyday lives. Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding as they apply creative thinking in developing modern electronic products

KS4 Study at The Westleigh School

All courses follow the AQA Specifications for GCSE with exception for BTEC construction which currently is a level1 BTEC course.


Product Design involves the designing and making of new and innovative products. Throughout the two-year course, students will be looking at how businesses find and develop new products. As part of their major project in Year 11, students will then develop their own product, seeing it through each stage from design to manufacture. The Product Design course will give students knowledge, skills and understanding to form a strong foundation to study Design and Technology further at college. It will also form a strong base for future careers such as Product/Graphic Designer, Photography, Advertising, Architecture…


Construction is offered to pupils at Key Stage four were a range of industry standard skills are focused on and pupils gain skill and knowledge in these areas through a range of practical focused tasks. This results in either a level 1 or 2 at BTEC level.


Graphics is a two year course that focuses on the creative design of products and packaging. It looks at the commercial side of the graphics industry and tries to give pupils an understanding of what it would be like to work as a graphic designer when designing products.


The Resistant material course allows pupils to develop and strengthen the understanding of materials and manufacturing processes that they have gained in KS3. Pupils continue to work in a variety of materials and gain skills that can be used in industry if they wish to continue with a career in this area.


This fresh and exciting course will allow students to learn and practice a range of cooking skills, as well as gain a knowledge and understanding of Nutrition, Food traditions and Food safety. Students will be inspired, motivated and confident enough to cook with ingredients form around the world.













DT Primary Liaison at The Westleigh School

We offer a range of different Design and Technology activities for both Key Stage One and Two at The Westleigh School. The activities on offer are very popular with Primary Schools in the local area and are designed to support the development of key skills in line with the Programmes of Study. If you are interested in signing up for a Primary experience in Design and Technology at The Westleigh School, then please contact the school's main office.

Exam Past Papers:

Product Design

Resistant Materials

Food Technology

Graphic Products

Page updated: 27/02/2019