Design Technology

“It would seem that more than function itself, simplicity is the deciding factor in the aesthetic equation. One might call the process beauty through function and simplification.”


Students in years 7,8 & 9 receive 2 periods of Technology a week. These include experiences in Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Systems & Control (Electronics) and Textiles. All projects have been designed with a particular focus on practical skills, sustainability and designing for the real world. An annual charge of £5 is requested at the start of Years 7-11 as a voluntary contribution towards the cost of materials required to deliver the quality products which are made by students in Key Stage 3 in the non-food areas. Food ingredients are supplied for the 7 practical sessions of Food Technology in Years 7 & 8. After developing a range of different skills in each project he will then choose which subject he wishes to take on to GCSE level at the end of year 9.

Year 7: Year 8: Year 9:
Graphical Communication CD Artwork Project Theme Park (Graphics)
Textiles Project, Soft LED Toy Clock Project Textiles Project. iPad Cover
USB Lamp Textiles Project, Juggling Balls LeMans Car Project
Food Tech/ Life skills Food Tech/ Life Skills Vibration Bug


In years 10 and 11 pupils receive 2 periods per week and work on a single project for the subject they chose at the end of Key Stage 3. In every project they are expected to produce a design project folio and practical element in addition to sitting a written exam. The areas of Design & Technology at Saint Bonaventure’s school are as follows:

  • EdExcel Resistant Materials
  • AQA Product Design
  • AQA Graphic Products


At Key Stage 5 Saint Bonaventure’s school offers AQA Product Design course and AS and A2 levels details can be found at: AQA AS/A level GCE Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The course has 50 per cent coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Taught by specialist tutors, you will have access to fully equipped creative workshops including 3D (wood, metal, plastics) and CAD/CAM design facilities.


There are currently seven members of staff working in the department and one dedicated technician. Each Key Stage has its own co-coordinators to support and monitor the students, separate to the Head of the Department.

Arkwright Scholarship

The Arkwright Scholarships identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering, Computing and technical (as opposed to aesthetic) Design. By awarding Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, through a rigorous selection process, to high-calibre students in year 11. Their Engineering Scholarships support students through their A Levels and encourage students to pursue Engineering, Computing or technical Design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

Every Scholarship is sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions, the Armed Services, Worshipful Companies, industry regulators or personal donors.

After another rigorous selection process we once again have a successful Scholar for 2016-18. Raphael Njoku was awarded a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship for his outstanding work in design, engineering and technology.

Of the 804 applicants 264 students were selected and awarded the Scholarship. There were 247 schools from across the UK who had applicants and Raphael distinguished himself at the highest level to be amongst the final group.

“Arkwright Scholars are very special young people. They combine excellent academic performance at GCSE, enthusiasm for and commitment to science, engineering and Technology as their intended career path with a range of other achievements and contributions to society in the arts, sport, outdoor pursuits, voluntary and charitable work and the like. The industry and business environment in the UK – along with Society in general – will undoubtedly reap the benefit of the support and encouragement afforded to the individuals via the Arkwright Scholarships trust. It was a privilege to play a small part in marking their achievements at this year’s ceremony”.
Sir John O’Reilly

Scholars are selected following a rigorous selection process comprising an application, Arkwright Aptitude Paper and interview. During the interview students presented their GCE project work to a panel of interviewers and discussed their commitment to design, engineering and technology.

Arkwright Scholarship

GCSE Resistant Materials

GCSE Graphic Products

GCSE Product Design