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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Design Technology


The Design and Technology team offers a range of practical subjects and learning experiences to develop students’ creativity and problem-solving skills, working with a range of materials. Sir Jonathan North has five purpose-built workshops and a CAD/CAM room.

Year 7 courses studied include product design, electronics, textiles, food and nutrition, and resistant materials. Students have a one-hour lesson each week, arranged in rotations of approximately nine weeks in each subject area.

Year 8 courses studied include engineering, textiles, food and nutrition, resistant materials, and textiles. Students have two one-hour lessons per week in rotations of approximately nine weeks in each subject.

Year 9 courses studied include resistant materials, graphics, food and nutrition, fashion and textiles, and engineering. Students have two one-hour lessons per week and will study subjects twice over the academic year in shorter rotations. In the first six-week rotation students will complete their final design and make assessed projects at Key Stage 3. In the second four-week rotations, students will work in teams to complete challenges. Students will experience a different way of working, with objectives and skills taught both to prepare students for the world of work, and to introduce them to the Key Stage 4 curriculum, if they choose to continue study in Design and Technology at GCSE level.

The following GCSE courses are offered as option subjects at Key Stage 4:

  • GCSE Design and Technology

We offer 2 separate groups so students can select either textiles or resistant materials for their coursework project.  Both groups will sit the same written exam.

  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • GCSE Art and Design – Graphics

The design and technology team offers educational trips, competitions and enrichment experiences for all year groups. In recent year these have included: Cadbury’s World; tours of final year undergraduate Design shows at De Montfort university, including practical workshops led by lecturers; a cross curricular STEM day working with engineers; a trip to Clothes Show Live; local college fashion show trips; Key Stage 3 Rotary technology challenge competition; Key Stage 4 Rotary young designer of the year competition; ‘Student Chef of the Year’ competition.