About the Faculty

The Technology Faculty deliver a variety of courses at all Key Stages, developing knowledge and skills in electronics, graphic design, textiles, catering and resistant materials.  The faculty has dedicated teaching staff, well equipped workshops, good resources and are committed to delivering excellent learning for all students.

Technology Assessment And Marking Procedures
Technology Assessment Plan - Autumn Term 1
Technology Assessment Plan - Autumn Term 2

Keep up to date with current news from our department  @belpertech  (twitter)

Students can access workbooklets / homework / recipes from the Design & Technology page of the school’s weblearn site – WEBLEARN

To find out what is delivered at each Key Stage, please click the title below:

Years 7 to 9 – Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 & 9 students study a range of material areas including: Electronics, Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles.

Students are taught a range of exciting and engaging projects in classes of mixed ability.

Projects are delivered by an expert member of staff in specialist rooms / workshops.

Usually one or more products are designed, made and can then be taken-home.

As well as providing opportunity for knowledge and values to be delivered and essential practical skills to be developed, each project provides scope for students to apply individual creative flair.

To support teaching and learning, projects are delivered using specially produced booklets. The booklets provide key information about the topic, space for students to complete school based tasks as well as details of homework set. There are usually two or three pieces of homework in each project which should take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. Parents and carers are encouraged to support their child in the completion of homework tasks. The booklets give clear guidance about what is expected, as well as space for assessment and feedback on how progress can be made.

Whilst acknowledging the important place of traditional skills and methods, the Design and Technology Faculty is keen to provide students with up to date, commercially relevant experiences and access to the latest technology. Computers and computer controlled machines are used extensively throughout Key Stage Three.

Core skills are assessed throughout KS3; these include designing, making, testing and evaluating, technical understanding, and Food & Nutrition.

For up to date information on activities in the department follow us on twitter @BelperTech

The Design and Technology Faculty offers a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities. Currently these include:  3D Printing, Hovercrafting, Fashion and Food master-classes.

Hovercraft made by students & staff as an extra curricular KS3 activity –


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Congratulations to Belper School students who for the last two years we have won the year 9/10 category!

Winners 2014 Year 9/10 and previous 2013 Year 9/10 and also year before 2012 Year 7/8, this team have won for the last 3 years.
Cameron Emm, Natalie Peake, Sophie Hext
Winners 2014 Year 7/8 winners
Sophie Baker,  Kelsey Blount,  Bethan Roberts also won Enthusiastic Engineer Award.

Year 7

Food (Cooking & Nutrition)

Students will be taught the following practical skills – knife skills, safe use of the cooker, reduction and all-in-one sauce, rubbing in method, rolling and shaping dough.

Y7 Recipe Book 2016

Students will also learn about seasonality, current healthy eating guidelines, how to use a nutritional analysis programme, and how to modify recipes.

Tech Food

All students have the opportunity to complete the Sainsbury’s Star Chef bronze award and can take part in our annual Healthy Eating Week activities.

Videos of practical skills food a fact of life 

Further information on Seasonality



Students will learn a variety of skills including tie-dying, applique, stencilling, printing, threading and using a sewing machine, 2D design. They will create and make their own design incorporating all these skills.

Students will also have the opportunity to incorporate electronics into their designs.

Natural images are often used for inspiration

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Resistant Materials & Electronics

This project provides an introduction to components (e.g.  L.E.D.s  & Resistors) and circuit diagrams.  Students will use soldering irons and will learn about the plug& yoke process (using a vac former to produce the casing for the light) Students will develop their design skills and learn how to turn 2D sketches into 3D images. They will learn about resistant materials (especially different types of wood & metals). This project introduces students to the workshops and safe use of equipment such as the pillar drill.

Learn more about different types of plastic here and

More about electronics here

Extension – lamp design

Learn more about wood here

Learn more about metals here

Enjoy designing? –



Tech RM


Year 8

Food (Cooking & Nutrition)

During Year 8 the following practical skills will be covered: creaming method, bread making, cooking meat safely and cooking foods from different cultures. Hygiene, bacteria and food poisoning are covered in depth during this project.

More information on foreign foods and culture here –

Greek restaurant

All Y8 students have the opportunity to attain the Sainsbury’s Star Chef silver award.

Tech Food 2

The Derby “Love Food Hate Waste” team visited our KS3 students to teach about sustainability, and students made pizzas with ingredients which often get wasted unnecessarily.



Students develop their creative design skills in this project, and learn how to transfer 2D designs from paper into 3D fabric products. They will develop decorative techniques, and learn how to attach and apply different materials.

Enjoy Textiles?

Want to develop skills at home?


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Resistant Materials

Students will  have the opportunity to learn about structures, embedded intelligence, and pewter casting.


Learn more about casting here – Casting 

Learn more about silversmithing here – Silversmithing





Corporate ID

Students are introduced to Photoshop and learn about the tools, techniques and effects used to create good graphic designs. They will learn about and practise one and two point perspective, isometric drawing and rendering. Students will apply these skills and develop a final product.

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Year 9

Food (Cooking & Nutrition)

Students will learn the following practical skills- melting method, whisking method, coating and cooking meat/fish safely, use of gelatine as a setting agent, dovetailing tasks. The focus in theory lessons will be on nutritional needs throughout life, special dietary requirements, nutritional labelling, sustainability, traceability and environmental issues, and developing recipes for a specific need.

Extension info – fats – what-is-fat-george-zaidan & the-chemistry-of-cookies-stephanie-warren

Nutritional analysis tool for homework task explorefood.foodafactoflife

All Y9 students have the opportunity to attain the Sainsbury’s Star Chef gold award. 

Students may also want to compete in the Derbyshire Student Chef of the Year Competition (Photo shows Charley King – winner of main course 2016)

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Students will learn more technical decorative embellishment techniques such as use of the sublimation printer & heat press.

Learn more about screen printing here

Extension activity silk-the-ancient-material-of-the-future-fiorenzo-omenetto

History – the silk trade the-silk-road-history-s-first-world-wide-web-shannon-harris-castelo



Identify, evaluate and use Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), programmable Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

Use and understand circuit wizard and genie IC programming.Tech Electronics

Students will design and make a suitable casing

Students will also take part in Mechanisms challenges, and iterative design task linked to sustainability, and have the opportunity to try 3D printing (CAD/CAM)



Years 10 to 11 – Key Stage 4

Please click one of the subjects below for more information.

Optional Subjects:

GCSE Electronic Products


This course is aimed at students who are interested in learning about the skills and techniques used by designers and engineers. Students will design products and study in detail how products work, focussing in particular on electronic products.


This course would be particular useful to any student who wishes to go into a career in Electrical or Electronic engineering.

A GCSE in Electronics, Graphic Products or Resistant Materials is almost essential in gaining a place on quality apprenticeship schemes within the Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction industry (e.g. Rolls Royce, JCB, Jaguar-Landrover, Toyota etc.)

Coursework Information

In Year 10, students will work through a series of theory-based modules where practical exercises are used to help develop understanding of electronics theory. Up to four practical projects are made for the students to take home, including a Reaction game and a Digital dice.


In Year 11, a major project consisting of a design folio and manufacture of a working prototype is the focus of the work. Like engineers, we aim to employ the latest technology, including CAD/CAM wherever appropriate.

During Year 10 a fact finding visit will take the students to either the Gadget Show or Alton Towers for a view of Electronics in real life use.

Note: The nature of this course requires a very good understanding of Maths: students should be working at level 6 or above by the end of Year 9.

Exam Assessment Information

There are two units:

Unit one is a written paper which represents 40%
Unit two is Design & Making which represents 60%

Examination Board: AQA
Course Code: 4542

GCSE Graphic Products

Amazing Models, Striking Graphics & Realistic Products

Learn the skills and techniques used by Graphic Designers in the real-world, working with our superb equipment and your creative problem solving skills.


A GCSE in Electronics, Graphic Products or Resistant Materials is almost essential in gaining a place on quality apprenticeship schemes within the Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction industry (e.g. Rolls Royce, JCB, Jaguar-Landrover, Toyota etc.)


Use the very latest technology

Including: The Vinyl Printer, Laser Cutter and the new 3D printer!  Software including: 2D Design, Photoshop and Sketch-Up. Also discover how to use a drawing board, Air-Brush, DSLR Camera and lots of other techniques.


Assignments in Year 10

The Smelly’ – Design, make and package a working air freshener.
Sign of Times’ – Create your own house, shop or direction sign.


Students complete one project worth 60%.  There will be a choice of projects – a shop/direction sign, a sports drink bottle and packaging or a perfume/aftershave bottle and packaging.  The aim is to make accurate and realistic outcomes using a combination of hand techniques and Hi-Tech processes.



One exam worth 40% – Questions are about materials, processes and the work of important designers. Other tasks ask you to design solutions to given problems.

Do I need to be able to draw like Leonardo Da Vinci?     

No, but you do need the determination to keep working until your outcomes look good!  We use hand techniques and computer aided design – so you can work to your strengths whilst developing weaker areas.


What can I do after completing the course?

Graphic Products can lead to careers in: Graphic Design, Architecture, Model Making, Advertising, Interior Design, Animation, Web Design etc.

GCSE Hospitality and Catering

GCSE Hospitality and Catering offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within Hospitality and Catering in a vocational context.  It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education.  It will offer valuable preparation for the world of work.


Areas of study

  • The industry – food and drink
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training (including a visit to a relevant hospitality establishment)
  • Health, safety and hygiene (including an opportunity to gain a level 2 qualification in Food Safety in the Catering Sector)
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Costing and portion control
  • Specialist equipment
  • Communication and record keeping
  • Environmental considerations



There are two controlled assessment tasks worth 60% of the overall GCSE. There is a choice of tasks set by the exam board – currently these include: designing dishes using dairy products and creating cuisine from a country of your choice.  The aim is to produce quality food products, demonstrating high-level practical skills to meet the brief whilst producing written evidence of research and evaluative work to justify your final dishes.  Each task culminates in a two and a half hour practical exam.



There is one exam worth 40% – This Includes questions on the theory of all the areas of study.  There are a range of short-answer, structured and free response questions and the exam paper.  Some  questions will require extended writing and will assess the quality of written communication.

What can I do after completing the course?

This GCSE can lead to a career in any of the many commercial or service sectors within  hospitality and catering, such as tourism, hotel management and various catering opportunities as well as linking in with health care professions.


It is a good route into A Levels, Further Education or Apprenticeships   e.g. Retail and Commercial Enterprise (Catering/Hospitality) or Engineering and Manufacturing (Food and Drink).

Examination Board: WJEC
Course Code: 4730

Entry Level Hospitality and Catering

Entry Level qualifications in Preparing for Work and Entry Level qualifications in Independent Living.  This course is an alternative to the Hospitality and Catering GCSE.  There is no written exam or external assessment.


Areas of study

  • Basic Food Preparation
  • Basic Cooking
  • Health, Safety and Hygiene (including an opportunity to gain a Level 2 qualification in Food Safety in Catering – obtained through an externally assessed examination)
  • Food and Health
  • Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
  • Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry
  • Serving Food and Drink

Less written work and no written homework. There isn’t a written exam.

Students are assessed when they complete a task at the end of each unit. Examples of these could be:

  1. A young married couple have a toddler. Plan and cook two dishes which would be suitable for their evening meal.
  2. Produce a simple booklet for Year 7 students on ‘All there is to know about bacteria and hygiene’.
  3. Imagine you are opening a new hotel in your local area and need to employ staff. Write an advert for the local newspaper stating the qualities you would be looking for in: a waiter / waitress, a bar person and a kitchen porter


Examination Board: WJEC
Course Codes: Preparing for Work (6003) and Independent Living (6002)

GCSE Resistant Materials

Is this the right subject for me?

If you enjoy:

  • thinking creatively
  • problem solving
  • designing products of the future
  • making models
  • testing your ideas

then GCSE Resistant Materials is the ideal subject for you!


A GCSE in Electronics, Graphic Products or Resistant Materials is almost essential in gaining a place on quality apprenticeship schemes within the Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction industry (e.g. Rolls Royce, JCB, Jaguar-Landrover, Toyota etc.)

What will I learn?

GCSE Resistant Materials covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using woods, metals and plastics in many forms. As well as learning hand skills, you will use a range of industrials processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of two years you will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to Resistant Materials.



The major project is worth 60% of your GCSE grade. You need  to design and make accurate and realistic products that combine hand techniques like wood turning, spot welding and pewter casting with hi-tech processes such as laser cutting, 3D printing and virtual modelling.



The exam is worth 40% of your final grade. It includes questions on materials/processes and the work of important designers. There is also a question in which you have to sketch out design solutions to a given problem.

What can I do after completing the course?

Students who enjoyed studying GCSE Resistant Materials have gone on to study A Level Product Design: Resistant Materials. After Sixth Form they have continued on to university  courses in Product Design, Industrial Design, Automotive Design and Architecture.

If post-16 is not for you, employers will value the Resistant Materials GCSE qualification as it develops creative, technical and transferable skills, as well as students’ ability to problem-solve.


Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Code: 9040

GCSE Textiles

This course is aimed at students who have an interest in textiles and fashion.  You will get the chance to design and make a range of garments to test your creative skills.

You will be able to add an individual touch to your designs using the computer embroidery machine and digital printing.



Firstly you will learn how to follow a sewing pattern to make a top, next you will design a skirt based on a period in fashion history. Finally we will make a pair of PJ’s, including printing your own T-shirt design.



The major project is worth 60%. You will design and make a garment based on a theme of your choice.

You will need to combine traditional textile skills with new technology in your final piece.


There is one exam worth 40% This Includes questions on the theory of materials/processes, design history and the ethical issues surrounding textiles manufacture. There are a number of tasks where you have to draw designs for a solution to a given problem.


What can I do after completing the course?

Studying Textiles can lead to a variety of careers in design & manufacture. Employers value the qualification because it develops many creative, technical and transferable skills.


Many students use the work produced to help build a portfolio for entry onto Art Foundation courses at college.  The qualification could also prove useful when applying for a retail and commercial enterprise apprenticeship in fashion and textiles.

Examination Board: AQA
Course Code: 4572

Years 12 to 13 – Sixth Form

Please click one of the subjects below for more information.

Food Nutrition and Health
Product Design – 3D Design
Product Design – Graphics

Food Nutrition and Health

Y12 – AS Level OCR Home Economics Food Nutrition & Health

This course comprises two units at AS level. Students will develop an understanding of Resource Management which includes the selection and provision of food and household goods, as well as food preparation and cooking equipment.

Students will study the links between Society and Health. They will find out about Demography, Family and Society, and the key issues for society currently, including environmental issues.

Lessons include practical activities, research tasks, visiting speakers, research and group work. The course is assessed with a 1½ hr written exam for each unit.

Y13 -A2 Level OCR Home Economics Food Nutrition & Health

This course again comprises two units. Students will study Nutrition and Food Production which includes detailed knowledge of nutrients and dietary requirements, properties of foods, the development and production of food products and current developments in the Food Industry. (Assessed by 1½ hr written paper)

Students also have to complete an investigative study which will include a number of practical investigations (this is internally assessed and externally moderated).

Product Design – 3D Design

Good design should be creative and sustainable. It is increasingly important within society and for our economy. Explore how creativity and understanding of Science and Technology can be used to generate sustainable solutions to problems experienced by all kinds of people in a range of different situations.

Design and make products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day to day lives and, most importantly, allow for a sustainable  future.

3D Design



In this unit you have the opportunity to develop your creative, technical and practical skills.

Three separate project/tasks are undertaken:
Product Investigation – involves the analysis of an existing product.
Design Task – involves the creation of an imaginative design solution to a set brief.
Manufacturing Task – involves the selection and demonstration of appropriate making skills and processes.

AS Assessment

Examination  (40%)
– Design & Technology in Practice
– Techniques, Materials and Processes

Coursework  (60%)
– Portfolio of Creative Skills
– Product Investigation task
– Product Design task
– Product Manufacture task


Designing for the Future – Develop deeper understanding of design techniques and processes as well more effective design strategies.

Commercial Design – A single coursework project consists of developing and manufacturing a 3-D product guided by the needs of a real world client or user group .

A2 Assessment

Examination  (40%)
– Designing for the Future
– Further study of Techniques, materials and processes with contemporary design issues

Coursework  (60%)
Commercial Design – a Design and Make task for a real world client

Are you interested in
– Developing your creative, communication, drawing and CAD/ CAM skills
– Employing your analytical skills to generate solutions to problems
– Discovering how new technology can be employed to improve quality of life
– Making products that employ a range of hand and Hi-Tech techniques

Leading to a career in:
Product Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, Business, Marketing, Architecture, IT.
Any job with an emphasis on creative and/or problem solving skills.

Product Design – Graphics

A course for those who are interested in developing their problem solving and creative design skills with increased emphasis on communicating and modelling concepts using hand and CAD/CAM techniques.

Design and make 2-D and 3-D products and models which enhance our everyday lives and acknowledge the need for a sustainable future.


Coursework portfolio: Develop creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

The full range of design fields are considered including; promotional materials, architecture, vehicle design; interior design, garden design. Examination: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and techniques used in Graphic Design.


AS Assessment

Examination  (40%)
– Design & Technology in Practice
– Techniques, materials and processes

Coursework  (60%)
– Portfolio of Creative Skills
– Product Investigation task
– Product Design task
– Product Manufacture task


Designing for the future – develop deeper understanding of design techniques and processes as well as more effective design strategies.

Commercial Design Project – A single coursework project focused on the design of a new media, marketing,  vehicle or environment concept.

A2 Assessment

Examination  (40%)
– Designing for the Future
– Further study of Techniques, materials and processes with Contemporary design issues

Coursework  (60%)
Commercial Design – a Design and Make task for a real world client.

Are you interested in
– Graphic Design
– Practical Skills
– Solving Problems

Leading to a career in any relevant design field including:
– Architecture
– Interior Design
– Packaging Design
– Garden Design
– Vehicle Design
– Marketing
– Product Design