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Welcome to Design & Technology, which is a very popular subject here at St Augustine’s with GCSE students opting increasing year on year.  Staffed by very enthusiastic teachers and support staff, students regularly talk about how they enjoy the subject and skills they are developing.  The knowledge learnt by students is all made relevant to them through links to specific careers.  Technology opens many doors for today’s young people and St Augustine students have a lot of opportunities through this subject.


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Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Students complete 20 weeks, one lesson per week in Food in Y7 and Y8.  In this time they will study a range of skills and knowledge through theory and practical lessons.  It is expected that students bring ingredients for practical lessons.  These can be identified in recipe books that students have.  There will also be a range of interesting food science experiments for students to learn key functions of foods and their ingredients.


Students will learn the following key topics:

  • Diet and Health

  • Health and Safety

  • Environmental concerns and food miles

  • Food Safety

Product Design

Students complete a range of products from materials including metal, plastic and wood in their 20 weeks in Product Design.  They will use a range of hand-held tools and CAD CAM.  This will help develop skills while learning about functions of materials and environmental considerations.

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 & 11


Catering / Food Preparation and Nutrition

A very popular subject at KS4, students have the opportunity to learn a wide range of key lessons linked to food.  These include:

  • The food industry

  • Job roles and employment

  • Health, safety and hygiene

  • Legislation

  • Food Preparation

  • Methods of cooking

  • Culinary terms

  • Food presentation

  • Nutrition and special diets

  • Menu planning

  • Costing and portion control

  • Equipment

  • Communication and record-keeping

  • Environmental consideration

  • Food Packaging

  • Additives


Students also will complete project based work where they complete a 2 course menu of their choice in accordance to a set theme.  In this they have the opportunity to demonstrate high skills in products ranging including meringues, pastries, pasta etc.

Resistant Materials/Product Design

Throughout the 3 GCSE years, students develop their skills to levels which can be transferable in industry.  As per GCSE specification, students will complete an assessed design make project where they make their own product based on a given theme.  They have the freedom to make whatever they choose and bring this through the design process.  This is completed with some exam preparation throughout.

Y9 Girl, ‘I chose Food Tech because I find it interesting.’

Y9 Girl, ‘I enjoy our fun lessons on a Friday, when we play learning games like Question Relay and Key Word Pass the Parcel.’

Y10 Girl , ‘I enjoy Food Tech because we learn about things that happen in real life.’