Design and Construction

Course Description

‘Design & Construction’ at Danesgate offers a broad curriculum that blends elements of National Curriculum D&T with vocational practically-led studies. The course provides a good grounding in a range of practical skills as well as exploring the craft elements of design and materials. The correct use of tools, machinery, health and safety, design and preparation of plans and technical drawings, as well as workspace and site preparation, will be key elements of this course. Creativity is encouraged and taught, leading to learners developing unique and well-engineered final outcomes. The learner will go on to develop their knowledge and skills within the areas of design and construction, using a wide range of practical techniques to produce a final product. There is a focus on sustainability of materials and creating products through recycling and upcycling.


Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Learners complete a series of focussed practical tasks (FPTs) which aim to equip them with the skills and confidence to design, engineer and create useful, functional and interesting products.  Wood, metal and plastics are the main materials used in the project work.  Learners also begin some basic electronics work in KS3 D&T.

Increased creativity is encouraged at KS4.  Learners are given the opportunity to identify specific design problems and to develop appropriate design briefs.  As such, practical work becomes more personal, varied, diverse and complex.  New skills are introduced, such as welding, landscaping/landscape design, interior design and CAD/CAM.  A much wider variety of materials are considered and used. 

The KS4 offer is bespoke to the individual and seeks out to foster independence, resilience, creativity and problem solving.

  • Vocational pathways are introduced.
  • The option to study a more ‘academic’ GCSE.


Exam Boards
  • Eduqas:  GCSE Three-Dimensional Design; GCSE Design & Technology.
  • AQA:  GCSE Graphics.
  • NCFE:  Level 1 Occupational Studies.


  • GCSE 3D Design:  60% Coursework/40% timed practical exam.
  • GCSE D&T:  50% Coursework/50% examination paper.
  • GCSE Graphics:  60% Coursework/40% timed practical exam.
  • NCFE L1 Occupational Studies:  100% coursework (practical).


Ways to help my child succeed
  • Ask questions about what your child is making.
  • Discuss products with them: talk about the materials the product is made from and have a go at thinking about how it has been made.  These could be products from around the home, eg a coffee table.
  • Use free to use apps that allow your child to design products:  Tinkercad is a great app that has built-in tutorials.  It is intuitive and fun to use.  Designs can be 3D printed.
  • Enjoy the products your child makes and lavish praise on them for their creativity and skill!


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