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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits

Design Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.


At Saint John Houghton CVA all students in KS3 will be taught how to cook, how to use workshop tools and equipment, the design process and how to evaluate their work and of others.


In Year 7 to 9 students will be taught how to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Students will learn the importance of creating healthy and nutritious savoury dishes, and will be taught how to be become competent in a range of cooking techniques. Students will also understand the importance of local produce, dishes and where they are sourced.


All students will also have the opportunity to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. This will include a range of domestic, local and industrial contexts. This will lead to a number of practical products been produced through using a variety of tools, equipment and techniques. Practical elements will include the use of CAD/CAM Designing featuring the Laser Cutter and 3D Printers, soldering circuit boards, brazing and turning metal, the assembly of components and woodworking techniques. Students will also have opportunity to use materials that they are unfamiliar with such as textiles and also programming.

At GCSE students will have the opportunity to further enhance their skills that they have acquired in KS3 by studying either, WJEC Food Preparation and Nutrition, WJEC Engineering Level 1/Level 2 and AQA Design and Technology.