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3D Design & Technology

Subject: 3D Design & Technology
Contact: Mr M Roberts


All students at Key Stage 3 study Design and Technology alongside Food Technology. They have the choice to further study 3D Design at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Throughout each Key Stage we aim to promote a broad understanding of design and designers to develop ideas, experiment with materials and techniques that lead to finished design pieces. The very nature of our subject allows the teacher to contribute to the intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development of students.

Key Stage 3 

Overview - Technology

In Key Stage 3  Curriculum, students will experience working with a variety of materials such as thread, wood, metal, paper and digital processes using the laser cutter to develop a wide response of approaches in both ideas and product. The subjects are taught on a project basis so students will undertake them in a different order and eventually cover all of the different aspects of our new Technology Curriculum.

Independent learning tasks through the use of homeworks allow students to develop skills in managing their own learning. 

Curriculum Content


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Pattern (Native American, Celtic)

Design and Make

(Wooden Robot)

Drawing (Branding)


Materials and Techniques Angle Poise Lamp looking at Pop Art / Art Deco

2D and 3D Design Skills

Graphics based Project


Character Design

GCSE Ready – Practical Project

GCSE Ready – Practical Project

Age related milestones

Key stage 4

Overview: 3D Design

During Key Stage 4 students will follow the AQA Three-dimensional design course. This course provides opportunities for designing and creating prototypes, models or making functional and aesthetic products, objects and environments. 

Assessment comprises of component 1: the portfolio unit, and is worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade. Component 2 is the externally set assignment where students respond to their chosen tarting point from given titles and is worth 40% of the overall grade. Students will receive 5 lessons per two weeks over a 2 year course.

Students are always welcome at lunchtimes if they need any help or if they just want a quiet place to work on any of their 3D design work. In Year 11, regular after school sessions are held to give the students further opportunities to maximise their grade.

Exam board and course

AQA Three-dimensional design (8205)


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Component 1: Portfolio

Jewellery Design

Component 1: Portfolio

Modern Design (lamp)

Component 1: Portfolio

3D Graphic Based Design - Architecture


Component 1: Portfolio

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

Component 2:  Externally Set Assignment

Enrichment opportunities:

Monday KS3: 3pm – 4pm

Wednesday KS4 & KS5: 3pm – 4pm

Useful websites to support learning

technology student website
technology review website
gcsebitesize design website
dtonline website
design-technology website
design and tech website
how stuff works website
design museum website
design week website
Free ‘Google sketchup’ CAD software can be downloaded from Google or from: website