Design & Technology is a unique subject that provides a structured approach to ‘learning through doing’. Our philosophy at The Lakes School is to maximise the time students spend developing their practical skills and to blend traditional methods with modern industry standard equipment to ensure that our students become knowledgeable and talented technologists  

We like to keep informed of the successes of past students and many are now working successfully in the design industry. The students below visit the D&T department to give talks about their careers:

• Jennifer Varty is now chief textile pattern designer for an international clothing company based in New York (Studied Textile Design At Southampton University).
• Graham Hetherington is an automotive designer working for Tessla. (Studied Automotive Design at Coventry University).
• Paul Farrah now runs his own design company here in Windermere. (Studied Product Design at Loughborough University).
• Jimi Wade took an apprenticeship at BAE systems in Barrow and now works for Furmanite in Kendal as a design engineer.

Year 7 Messenger Board

Year 8 Fleece Hat

Year 8 Pencil Case

Year 8 Spice Rack

Year 9 Tray

Year 9 Children’s Shorts

Year 9 Clock

Year 9 Oven Glove

Year 9 Peg Bag


WJEC  Level 1 / 2 Award in Engineering (Design & Technology)

If you are reading this then you will no doubt have a love of making things.  You will be looking for a course that builds on the enjoyment and skills you’ve developed so far and gives you the opportunity to take things to a whole new level.

The beauty of this course is that it provides you with a more practical alternative to GCSE and yet it is equal in weight to a GCSE.

This course will inspire you to learn:

  • about materials
  • design processes
  • engineering processes
  • the safe use of tools and equipment
  • how apply maths that engineers use (smart thinking)

Design & Technology at The Lakes School has a long and proud history for excellence.  Our philosophy is about ‘learning through doing’.  Our students regularly exceed their targets because they are provided with opportunities and support to achieve.

Our key driver is the pursuit of quality and we begin the course as we mean to go on…


What’s the link between an Engineering student in Y10, WW1 and a 21st century nuclear submarine?


A WW1 soldier’s folding pit shovel.

Here’s your first challenge in Y10.  Can you turn a few lumps of steel into an engineering masterpiece?

During this process you will develop a wide range of skills in order to pit your wits against your peers in pursuit of a cash prize.  Engineers from BAE Systems will assess your work against their standards for building a nuclear submarine.

Key point: A link with local industry

Issac Hodgson, his steel shovel and representatives from BAE, February 2017.

Problem solving is critical to working in engineering. During the first half of the course you will be challenged so be prepared to ‘leave your comfort zone’.

By now you will already be able to design on computer so pick this up where you left off in Y9 and make the technology work for you! Our ‘in house’ ICT suite offers the very best in Computer Aided Design to further inspire your thinking.

The second half of the course requires you to complete two projects that are set by the exam board:

Unit 1: Engineering Design (25% of qualification)

You will learn how to analyse a product so you can see what features make it work and how it meets certain requirements. You will be shown how to take ideas from different products in order to produce a design specification for a product. Be creative and original!

Unit 2: Producing engineering products (50% of qualification)

The purpose of this unit is for you to show off the skills developed since Y7 to produce an engineered

product that will blow the examiner away.  By this stage in your development there should be no holding you back!

External Exam:

Unit 3: 1hour 30 minute paper (25% of qualification)

By now you will be a confident, self-assured, engineer. This will be one exam should look forward to because you really will know your stuff!

Moving on:

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as maths and sciences, could provide you with opportunities to access a range of qualifications including GCE, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications.  These include:

  • A Level in Physics or D& T (The Lakes School)
  • Diplomas in Engineering (Kendal College)
  • Apprenticeships in Engineering (inc. BAE Systems)


If you’re reading this you will no doubt enjoy cooking and be looking to take your skills and knowledge to a much higher level.

This course will offer you all of this and more.

Firstly, we guarantee a significant amount of your time will be spent doing the thing you love – cooking.

Year 10 is all about learning new skills and gaining the confidence to cook high level dishes with confidence.  For example you will make your own pasta then create an authentic Italian lasagne from fresh ingredients.

Practical lessons will be interspersed with some theory sessions to prepare you for a written exam taken at the end of Y11.

Occasionally we invite guest presenters from the catering and hospitality industry to give specialist inputs. These range from developing practical skills e.g. choux pastry to learning about how to set out a table in a fine dining restaurant.

Graeme Hedley, front of house manager from Kendal College Restaurant working with Y11 students, December 2017

As you move into Y11 you will be issued with a menu brief set by the examination board.  Over a period of weeks you will be required to research, plan, cook and present two dishes to restaurant quality.

Your written and practical work represents 50% of the available course marks.

The theory exam makes up the remaining 50%.

By opting for this course you are opening up amazing possibilities for yourself in the future.

You will gain:

  1. Skills required for independent learning and development
  2. A range of generic and transferable skills
  3. The ability to solve problems
  4. The skills of project-based research, development and presentation
  5. The fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment

Employment in hospitality and catering can range from waiting staff, receptionists and catering assistants to chefs, hotel and bar managers and food technologists in food manufacturing. All of these roles require further education and training either through apprenticeships or further and higher education.

The WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units:

Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry (Written Examination)

Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action (Coursework Project)

Learners must complete both units. This structure has been designed to develop in learners the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication. Through the two units, learners will gain an overview of the hospitality and catering industry and the type of job roles that may be available to assist them in making choices about progression. Successful completion of this qualification could support entry to qualifications that develop specific skills for work in hospitality and catering such as:

Ÿ Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Professional Food and Beverage Service Skills

Ÿ Level 2 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service Skills

Ÿ Level 1 or Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

 For more information please contact: Mr Sharp/ Miss Anderson





This course is designed to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding learnt at Key Stage 3. It will enable you to design and make high quality products and is based almost entirely on learning through making.

In Year 10 you will begin with a project that enables you to learn and refine a variety of textile techniques, entwined with theory knowledge to gain a better understanding of the purpose of textiles within the environment. You will learn how to create detailed fashion drawings to support your design work, how to pattern-cut and construct a final piece with accuracy.

You will learn core knowledge and skills of design and technology within the 21st Century; design and technology and our world, smart materials, electronic systems and programmable components, materials, mechanical components and devices.

Further projects will follow during Year 10 to refine the skills learnt before starting your main GCSE project in Year 11, where you will develop your own project based on a variety of themes; fashion, soft furnishings etc.


During the course all of your work will be assessed and feedback given on how to improve.

The course is assessed in two units.

  • Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century Written examination (50%)
  • Component 2: Design and make task Non-exam assessment (50%)

The exam basics:

It is a 2 hour examination and is split into two sections:

  • Section 1-technical, designing and making principles
  • Section 2-knowledge and understanding of specialist area: fibres and textiles

For more information please contact: Miss Anderson

KS3 Curriculum Map

How to make Progress in D&T

Skills Tracker

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Practical Marking Criteria