Year 9

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The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils: develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world; build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users; critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.

Our Year 9 programme of study is designed to increase students’ understanding of modern technologies and to further develop their communication and CAD/CAM skills.



One of the highlights of our Year 9 curriculum is a trip to the Jaguar Land Rover factory, one of the most advanced car manufacturing plants in the world. Students tour the factory floor and see first hand how the robots build the cars. They learn about lean manufacturing processes and test this knowledge in a competitive team exercise.


 RS Components Innovation Challenge Competition 2019 (click link to see our students entries) 

Shell Bright Ideas Challenge 2020 (Students work coming soon)


During Year 9, students will be asked to choose their GCSE options.

According to a new report from the World Economic Forum, creativity at work is going to be one of the most important and in-demand skills in the next 5 yearsClick here to read more 

Students who choose GCSE Design and Technology can look forward to exciting careers that improve peoples’ lives. Everything you encounter has been designed and manufactured by someone. We need designers and engineers who consider our planet and its resources, as well as the needs of a growing and diverse population. You will learn skills that enable you to be part of designing the future in an innovative, sustainable and inclusive way.

Click here to see our GCSE option presentation which gives you an overview of the course and mentions the transferable skills you will gain from studying D&T.

 Click the image above to see the GCSE Options


Click below to see some ideas that have changed peoples lives: 

Folding wheels for a wheel chair (YouTube)

Solar powered light in developing countries (YouTube)

Name Date  
RS Components Innovation Challenge 15th June 2020 Download >
DT Transferable Skills 15th June 2020 Download >
Why choose DT GCSE? 16th June 2020 Download >