Devizes School Learning & Education

Technology, Enterprise, & Design

Mrs R P Edwards Technology, Enterprise, & Design (TED) Head of Faculty & Head of Business Studies
Mr T J Woodman TED Deputy Head of Faculty & Head of Design & Technology

Introduction to Faculty

The TED Faculty (Technology, Enterprise & Design) incorporates Business & Enterprise, ICT & Computing, and Design & Technology subjects.

We recognise the importance of encouraging the development of students as active learners and strive to enable them to be capable of competing successfully in the modern world.

Our lessons incorporate specialised subject skills linked to the real world and have a strong emphasis on enterprise capabilities so students can learn about living successfully as adults in their communities.

The TED Faculty uses specialist equipment, and new technology is a key part of the lesson structures and we offer a fun and creative curriculum.

We also offer a range of enrichment activities via OSHL clubs, trips and visits to support learning in the classroom.

The national curriculum is made up of a number of subjects, each of which is split into separate topics.

Extracurricular Opportunities

The TED Faculty has offered a range of OSHL opportunities with D&T Department such as clubs like Make and Create, Get Cooking and Techno Wizard. Business have offered the Tenner Club, where students bid for a £10 investment to start their own business and see how much money they can earn in a month. ICT led the BBC School Report, and also offered the I Can Animate club.

A series of successful curriculum linked trips and visits will hopefully be repeated this year to enforce learning that takes place in the classrooms. The faculty had a very successful visit to Thorpe Park with Year 10 last year where students were able to learn about a range of topics linked to the subjects in the faculty, such as learning about product and rollercoaster design, Thorpe Park as a business and the ICT systems that underpin a large theme park. Links with local companies have also featured visits such as Avon Rubber where girls experienced what it was like working in Engineering as a career. A further design related trip to London to the Design Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum are planned for Year 10 and Year 12 students.


Mrs R Edwards Business Subject Leader

About the Department

Key Stage 3

There are no specific lessons for this subject at Key Stage 3 but there are links to business and enterprise in aspects of the work carried out in the other subjects taught at this level in the faculty.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 most students are able to opt to study BTEC Level 2 First Business as part the Key Stage 4 option process at Devizes School.

Key Stage 5 - Sixth Form

At Key Stage 5 students are currently able to study BTEC Level 3 First Business in the department.

Other Sources of Information

Below are links to the current Key Stage 4 options booklet and 6th Form Prospectus which provide further information about each subject mentioned.

KS4 Options — Personalised Pathway 2018-20 Download
Devizes Sixth Form Prospectus Download

Design and Technology

Mr T J Woodman TED Deputy Head of Faculty & Head of Design & Technology

About the Department

The Design & Technology department occupies six well-resourced rooms on a split site including the four main areas of study Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products. The experienced staff are committed to developing the needs of individual pupils to adapt to the challenge of an ever-evolving world. In addition to this also experience learning about electronics and mechanisms.

In Design and Technology, students are encouraged to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to analyse, think creatively and solve problems as individuals and members of a team taking on different roles and responsibilities. They use ICT including CAD and CAM as appropriate.

They undertake focused tasks that develop knowledge, skills, and their understanding of key topics, and engage in design and make assignments in different contexts. All pupils will experience lessons in Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Graphic Products, Electronics Systems throughout KS3. At KS4 & 5 we offer a range of subject specific courses.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students learn about a wide range of topics and develop their skills and understanding of these whilst undertaking projects in different material areas. The students are all assessed against the following key criteria whilst completing the various projects taught.

Research and Analysis - Students' ability to carry out research and analyse their findings

Specification - Students' ability to create a set of criteria that their product must meet

Design and Develop - Students' ability to generate a range of ideas and test them out and improve them

Plan and Make - Student's ability to plan the making of their product and demonstrate their skills making it

Evaluate - Students' ability to evaluate their work and the work of others

Year 7

The Year 7 course covers the basics in designing and making and aims to help develop the students understanding of key design related topics, basic presentation and making skills in different material areas. The students undertake the following nine-week modules. All Year 7 teaching groups are mixed ability.

Resistant Materials - Introduction to the workshop and working with wood – Pencil Box Project

Graphics - Researching, presentation and drawing techniques – Promotional Leaflet and Stand Project

Food - Basic food preparation and cooking skills – Eating Well for Less Project (Healthy Eating)

Textiles - An introduction into textiles and the sewing machine and felting – Apron & Felt Monster Projects

Resistant Materials - Pencil Box

Year 8

The Year 8 course builds on the work covered in Year 7 and introduces further areas of study. The students undertake the following nine-week modules. Year 8 teaching groups are all mixed ability classes.

Resistant Materials - Introduction into mechanisms – Movement with Mechanisms Project

Electronics/Graphics - Introduction into Computer Graphics and Electronics – Boom Box Project (Music Theme)

Food - Looking at nutrients and nutrition – Eat like an Athlete Project

Textiles - Developing textiles skills, looking at design, and the environment – Bag Project

Textiles - Bag Project

Resistant Materials - Movement with Mechanisms

Electronics/Graphics - Boom Box Project

Year 9

The Year 9 course builds on the work covered in Year 8 and provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills and understanding of Design and Technology and demonstrate their ability to tackle a range of tasks and projects. Students study in four main subject areas spending 9 weeks in each. Year 9 teaching groups are mixed ability.

Resistant Materials – Looking at combining resistant materials and forming processes – USB Desk Lamp Project.

Graphics – Looking at graphic based products used in industry and how they are made and used. Film Promotion Project. DVD cover design and other promotional material.

Food – Looking at developing skills and understand of this area further through a series of practical and theoretical tasks - Sustainable Protein Project

Textiles – looking at designing and creating using advanced textiles theory and skills - Design and Create Project.

Resistant Materials - Lamp Project

Food - Sustainable Protein Project

Graphics - Film Project

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 most students are able to opt to study Design and Technology as part of the Key Stage 4 option process at Devizes School as well as a Food related course such as Food Preparation and Nutrition or Hospitality and Catering.

KS4 Options — Personalised Pathway 2018-20 Download



This course allows students to learn about the materials and their properties, and industrial practices

Resistant Materials is concerned with designing and manufacturing products using a range of materils such as wood, metal, plastics, ‘smart’ (new) materials paper and board, and textiles. In this course students will develop their practical skills, understand how products are manufactured commercially, analyse existing products and investigate the properties of materials. In their controlled assessment, students will use the facilities to plan, investigate and manufacture a product that is commercially viable.

Graphic Products

GCSE D&T: Textiles Technology

Students will build on their KS3 skills, learn and practice new skills and techniques, expand on their knowledge and understanding of fibers and fabrics and execute a mini design and make project before advancing onto their GCSE Controlled Assessment focusing on Interior or Fashion design.

Textiles Technology

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

This course is an exciting and creative course, which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition. Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.

Students will use the skills and knowledge achieved at KS3 and develop their awareness of the area of Food and Nutrition further.

DT Food Technology

Level 2 - Hospitality and Catering

This course enables learners to develop a range of complex cooking skills whilst gaining an understanding of healthy eating and nutrition. There is a strong focus on food safety and the principles surrounding this within the hospitality industry. The qualification provides learners with a broad appreciation of work in the hospitality and catering sector and wider opportunities for progression into further education, employment or training.

Key Stage 5 - Sixth Form

At Key Stage 5 students are currently only able to study the following subject in the department.

A Level D&T Product Design

The Product Design course allows students to further study the design and manufacture of products and learn more about materials such wood, metal, polymers (plastics), composites, new and smart materials, and paper and board. It is an excellent pathway for students go on and further study design at college or university or straight into a design related career/apprenticeship. Either way the Product Design course could take students into a number of exciting career paths such as product or automotive design, architecture, teaching, animation, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.

The courses will help students develop a number of skills:

  • How to assemble data and assess it.
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction.
  • How to put over your point of view fluently.
  • How to work as a team to achieve results.
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning.
  • How to apply creative thinking skills to solve problems.
  • How to communicate ideas in different ways through the use of a range of techniques and medium.

Also part of the course students produce coursework projects in which they design, develop, and make a product.

Examples of Products Made

Other Sources of Information

Below are links to the current Key Stage 4 options booklet and 6th Form Prospectus which provide further information about each subject mentioned.

Devizes Sixth Form Prospectus Download


Mrs R Edwards ICT Subject Leader

About the Department

The ICT curriculum is based upon building important life skills which include working as part of a team and being able to communication successfully. ICT allows learners to improve their wider knowledge of ICT in the real world. Through a variety of different topics students learn to develop these skills and the ability to use ICT across the curriculum.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

The year 7 course covers the important skills that learners require to use ICT equipment appropriately. The course helps to develop their understanding and enables them to be confident digital citizens when using the Internet as well as giving them a brief introduction to some of the software that they will use in the future.

Year 7 ICT Download

Year 8

The year 8 course builds on the foundations that are set in Year 7. In the Year 8 course learners are able to advance their knowledge skills in web design and programming whilst also being introduced to new topic areas such as audio and blogging which will become valuable in the future.

Year 8 ICT Download

Year 9

The course in Year 9 builds on work that has previously been learnt and focuses on producing high quality work and learning to store it appropriately through a digital portfolio. The Year 9 course encourages students to work independently through designing mobile APP’s and learning about the Online World. This also prepares those learners looking to take the Year 10 course.

Year 9 ICT Download

Key Stage 4

The KS4 course is a Level 2 BTEC in Information and Creative Technology. Learners cover 4 units in total including the Online World, Digital Audio, Digital Portfolio and Mobile APP’s Development. This course strongly builds upon skills learnt in KS3 and allows learners to explore the world of ICT further to become more confident in their ICT skills. The Information and Creative Technology course has been designed by industry professionals and therefore prepares students with the skills that employers are looking for in the workplace. Learners get the opportunity to learn from people within the industry and experience the skills that are necessary within the ICT workplace. The course entails an exam in year 10 which is completed online and is all about the Online World.

KS4 Options — Personalised Pathway 2018-20 Download

Key Stage 5 - Sixth Form

Devizes Sixth Form Prospectus Download
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