Our Technology Team

An Introduction to Technology

Design Technology at Ribblesdale provides pupils with an opportunity to enjoy a practical experience throughout a wide range of material areas including fabrics, plastics, woods and smart materials.  At Key Stage 3 pupils will complete six design and make projects, inherently linked to the GCSE framework.  Pupils are assessed against their knowledge, understanding and application of skills in the iterative design process, manufacture and theory.  Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils will develop through the key curriculum foci of Design Technology in Our World, Mechanical Components, Smart Materials, Electronics and Materials.

Key Stage 4 - WJEC / EDUCAS GCSE Design Technology

Design Technology GCSE allows pupils to develop designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and use of equipment.  Pupils will select their own design problem and develop a viable solution from product growth to a realised functioning prototype.  In order to make effective design choices pupils will need a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding of design limitations, considering any environmental considerations.  

We are excited to now offer the NCFE Technical Award in Graphic Design to our KS4 pupils.  This course is much more technical in terms of design and manufacture application and challenges pupils through their understanding of graphic design techniques, software like Photoshop and Illustrator and existing graphic designers.  Whilst pupils do not complete a theory examination, they do complete a design portfolio which is externally assessed.

Pupils who study Design Technology at GCSE successfully move onto post 16 courses in engineering, construction, architecture, graphic design, product design and are suitably prepared for further initiatives such as the Arkwright Scholarship programme.