St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
Ofsted Outstanding

Design & Technology

Statement of Intent


Our aim in the Vocational Education department is to offer a curriculum which allows students to develop their creative thinking and activity to tackle real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.


Students are given the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, concepts and values to develop an understanding of the made-world and turn ideas into reality through a diverse curriculum. To do this effectively, they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.


Our Key Stage 3 curriculum introduces key concepts which provide the foundation for further study at GCSE. Students engage in creative thinking and activity within a defined purpose and tangible outcome for safe and supported study. Towards the end of Year 9, students will be more independent in their study with more open-ended design briefs.


They will:

· Identify and analyse problems in order to become creative 21st century thinkers.

· Plan and use relevant research.

· Think creatively about a number of possible solutions.

· Consider the environmental implications when designing solutions.

· Evaluate and make considered choices.

· Turn ideas into reality.

· Work independently and develop self-esteem.

· Investigate and evaluate products, systems and ideas, identifying a ‘best fit’ for purpose.

· Investigate a range of manufacturing systems and material areas.


We offer a GCSE Course which is modern and relevant; students learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices.


All students complete studies in textiles, timbers and plastics. Year 10 offers the chance to complete practice projects in a range of material areas, before undertaking their non-examined assessment (NEA) at the beginning of June. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Exam theory will be taught mainly through practical projects. Year 11 students will continue working on their non-examined assessment (NEA) before revisiting their theory in preparation for the summer exams.



Please click here to view the Curriculum Map for Product Design

Please click here to view the Curriculum Map for Food & Nutrition

For more details please contact:

Mrs J Emmans, Head of Expressive Arts & Technology:

Mrs A Dewar, Teacher of Product Design:

Miss M Hope, Teacher of Food & Nutrition: