Design Technology

Key Stage 4 - Study Matrix 2019 - 2020


The study of engineering is the application of maths and science to solve real world problems. This involves an understanding of the different disciplines of engineering and how they have shaped the products and projects of the modern world. Pupils will develop the ability to read technical drawings, select appropriate materials along with tools and machinery, and know how to carry out a practical task, while working in a safe manner in line with current health and safety legislation. In essence, this curriculum encourages pupils to use both theoretical knowledge and practical tools to focus on developing transferable skills in practical engineering to support with progression into employment or onto further education.

The intent

The intent behind this plan is to introduce pupils to engineering and the possible jobs that exist within this sector. The course has both vocational and project based elements to it and is designed for pupils considering a future job in the engineering sector or those that are considering further study in engineering. By the end of the course pupils will have a much deeper understanding as to the nature of the varying fields in engineering. The disciplines pupils will learn about in engineering include: mechanical, electrical and electronic, aerospace, communications, chemical, civil, automotive, biomedical and software. Pupils will also have a much deeper understanding of how science and maths are applied in engineering and will be able read and produce engineering drawings, either drawn by hand or through the use of Computer Aided Design (CADD) drawings.


We have provided pupils with a curriculum which has a range of different elements which is appropriate for pupils who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and directly related to those experiences. The course is structured into two main areas. Pupils begin their learning by focusing on the world of engineering and the different sectors that exist within it. They will then go on to complete a project that will assess their ability to draw together their knowledge, understanding and skills from across the whole vocational area. The project will assess pupils’ abilities to apply their knowledge and understanding to real-world contexts and novel situations, including finding creative solutions. It will also develop pupils skills of forethought, time management, self-reliance and self-reflection.


The impact will be confident and knowledgeable pupils that have a firm grasp of the different disciplines within engineering and the skills required to be successful in these. Pupils will have a sound understanding of engineering tools, equipment and machines and will be able to apply this understanding to the properties and characteristics of engineering materials and know why specific materials are selected for engineering applications. This in turn will enable pupils to have a much broader understanding of what engineers do. They will know that engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. They will know that their work is the link between scientific discoveries and the commercial applications that meet both society’s and consumer’s needs. Should pupils wish to, will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to either continue their studies at post-16 either through Level 3 vocational courses, such as The Technical Level National Foundation Diploma in Engineering or through A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Design and Technology. Both of these routes will support progression to higher education. Pupils would also be an advantage should they wish to start an apprenticeship in an engineering sector.