Technology & Design Department

Aims and Overview of the Technology & Design DepartmentDesign and Technology

Department Philosophy

Technology and Design we believe, has an important role to play in both school and society. This subject reinforces the work of other curriculum areas by laying a practical and useful foundation for both school and post-school activities. In addition to the obvious educational aims of developing skills and expanding knowledge, T&D also aims to develop the student’s confidence and to be better prepared in coping with changing situations in an ever increasing technological world.

The Aims of Technology & Design

Technology and Design enables students:

  • To develop creativity and problem solving skills in response to design challenges that will help students become effective and independent learners.
  • To develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working.
  • To investigate the design and manufacture of products in order to help develop practical solutions to needs, wants and recognising their impact on quality of life.
  • To evaluate cultural trends to identify needs and opportunities of new products and Technologies.
  • To investigate the various impacts which changes in technology have on ethical issues in our lives.

Technology and Design develops pupils as contributors to the economy and environment by :

  • Enabling pupils to develop skills relating specifically to design, manufacture and testing within an engineering environment;
  • Developing skills valued by employers such as: analysis of problems, research from various sources, analysis of information, problem solving, practical skills including use of new technology, communication and ICT skills;
  • Analysing a wide variety of products from local and global companies;

Investigating environmental issues in the world today and seeking design solutions which are most suited to taking account of those issues.


Ms S Flanagan (Head of Department)
Mr D Beckington
Mr A Graham
Mrs J Thompson
Mr G. White

 Mr I Heaney


The Technology and Design department in the school is in the enviable position of having a new purpose built suite of workshops, planning areas and systems/design rooms.

The suite comprises of:

4 multi-material manufacturing areas
2 systems rooms
4 planning areas

The suite is spacious and the glazed partitions allow a clear line of sight between rooms.

Systems and Planning Rooms
Each room is laid out for both group and individual work. The systems/planning areas are provided with regularly updated computers connected to the C2K network. The systems rooms are equipped with 11 computers each and the planning rooms have 7. Stores beside each room allow quick and easy access to all the equipment needed to teach Electronics, Pneumatics, Mechanisms and Computer Control.

Tools and Machinery
Each of the four multi-material manufacturing areas is fully equipped with hand tools and small machinery. In addition there are larger items of equipment, more specialized in nature, which may be shared by pupils in another area. Within the four areas there is a capability for most pupils to realize their design projects.

Why study Technology & Design?

Technology & Design is a inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.

Technology and Design is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. Studying Technology & Design opens up many opportunities in the fields of design/engineering related careers. Students who have studied A-Level Technology & Design here at Ballyclare Secondary School have gone onto further education, gained apprenticeships and University. Courses of study have included Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Technology & Design, Education.

Key Stage 3

Scheme of Work

Year 8 Scheme of Work will include the following Units of Work.

Topic 1 – Health & Safety: Focus, introducing all students to aspects of Health & Safety within the Technology Department
Project 1 – Folder Project: Focus, introducing students to the ‘Design Process’ as a means to problem solving. Students will manufacture a folder for their T&D booklets.

Topic 2 – Materials: Focus, students will learn about a range of materials used in the Technology & Design department developing knowledge and understanding of their application.
Project 2 – Balancing toy project: Focus, using knowledge of materials design and make a balancing toy which will incorporate a range of materials

Topic 3 – Electronics: Focus, students will be introduced to electronic theory and several components. Pupils will use Crocodile Technology software to test circuit theory.
Project 3 – Steady Hand Game: Focus, students will manufacture a simple electronic game, developing practical workshop skills.

Topic 4 – Graphics, introduction to graphics/types of graphics, single point perspective.

Year 9 Scheme of Work will include the following Units of Work.

Topic 1 – Health & Safety: Focus, introducing all students to aspects of Health & Safety within the Technology Department.
Project 1 – Mini Light: Focus, continuation of electronic theory series/parallel circuits. Students will manufacture a Mini Light to act as a key fob.

Topic 2 – Logicator: Focus, students will be introduced to computer control and learn to use flow charts to build control programs. The circuits can be tested on screen by running simulations.
Project 2 – Mechanical toy project: Focus, students will learn about simple mechanisms and incorporate levers into a mechanical toy. Students will further develop their manufacturing skills using a range of hand tools and machines.

Topic 3 – Electronics: Focus, students will be introduced to more complex electronic components.
Project 3 – Electronic Fuse Tester: Focus, students will use their knowledge of electronics to construct a fuse tester circuit on PCB and also develop a suitable plastic packaging for the device.

Topic 4 – Graphics, continuation of graphic techniques, two point perspective, adding texture.

Year 10 Scheme of Work will include the following Units of Work.

Topic 1 – Health & Safety: Focus, revision of aspects to Health & Safety within the Technology Department.
Project 1 – Using knowledge of materials and design manufacture a CD/DVD rack. Students are encouraged to work through the design process throughout this project.

Topic 2 – Graphics: Focus, students will explore further techniques of 3D drawing. They will also develop their design skills and introduce rendering to their sketches
Project 2 – Further electronics theory and components leading to the manufacture of a plant moisture product. Manufacturing techniques, line bending/vacuum forming.

Topic 3 – Focus, students will develop their understanding of computer aided design, they will design and model a simple product using CAD software.
Project 3 – Focus, students will follow the design process to design and manufacture a mobile phone holder. This project will be pupil led in relation to selection of materials and individual outcomes.

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Specification/Exam Board: CCEA


Key features

The following are important features of this specification.

  • It offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3.
  • It allows students to develop transferable skills, which will benefit them in

vocational training and employment.

  • It makes students aware of creative, engineering and manufacturing industries.
  • It incorporates product design, and systems and control.
  • It encourages students to be creative, innovative and prepared to take design risks.
  • It makes students aware that high quality design and technology are important.
  • It makes students aware that many modern day innovations are developed from existing and historical solutions.

Unit 1: Technology and Design Core Content (Weighting 25% – External exam 1Hr 30mins).

This unit is compulsory. It comprises designing, manufacturing, electronic control systems, mechanical control systems, pneumatic systems and control, and computer control systems. Students studying the core should be able to recognise, name and draw all the symbols shown in Appendix 3 (Undertaken in Year 11).    

Unit 2: Optional Areas of Study (Weighting 25% – External exam 1Hr 30mins).

Option C: Product Design

This unit includes synoptic assessment building on the content of Unit 1. This encourages students to develop their understanding of the subject as a whole (Undertaken in Year 12).

Unit 3: Design and Manufacturing Project (Product Design)

This unit is compulsory for all students and carries a weighting of 50% of the full qualification. It has a time guidance of approximately 30 hours. The project allows students to demonstrate their ability to design and manufacture a product.

CCEA issues a number of themes each year with the candidate choosing a theme to develop as their individual design and manufacturing project. The design and manufacturing comprises of the following:

Design portfolio (25%)

The design portfolio should be a maximum of ten A3 sheets on one side only or equivalent.

Manufacturing (25%)

The manufactured solution should be functional and appropriately presented.

Undertaken in Year 12 along with Unit 2.

Occupational Studies Construction

The world of work is constantly changing. Today it is uncommon for a person to have only one occupation throughout their working life, so it’s vital that we are able to transfer and adapt our knowledge and skills throughout our careers.

To foster these abilities, Occupational Studies allows learners to learn for work, through work and about work, and it provides the potential for this learning to take place in out-of-school contexts. This hands-on approach is ideal for those who prefer to develop their skills in a more practical, occupational environment.

Occupational Studies is both coherent and flexible and provides a good foundation from which to advance to competence-based post-16 courses.

To achieve a qualification, learners must take two units from an occupational area. Each qualification enables learners to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills within a context related to employability.

This two year course involves students undertaking the following units of work.

Bench Joinery- Unit 16
This unit is designed to provide increased vocational skills in bench joinery and associated activities.

This unit includes:

  • consideration of health and safety issues with respect to workshop activities in bench joinery;
  • consideration of career opportunities related to working with wood in the construction industry;
  • an appreciation of environmental issues relating to timber;
  • the appropriate use of bench joinery hand tools, and basic hand-held power tools;
  • techniques of cutting, jointing, boring and planning to produce construction related components;
  • construction of a range of bench joinery models; and
  • a review and evaluation of performance.

Carpentry and Joinery – Unit 18
This unit is designed to provide vocational skills in carpentry and joinery.

This unit includes:

  • consideration of health and safety issues with respect to activities in carpentry and joinery;
  • consideration of career opportunities related to working with wood in the construction industry;
  • an appreciation of environmental issues relating to timber;
  • the appropriate use of basic carpentry and joinery hand tools and hand-held power tools;
  • construction of a range of carpentry and joinery models relating to site-based activities, incorporating a wide range of joints and jointing methods; and
  • a review and evaluation of performance.
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A Level Design and Technology (Product Design)

Specification/Exam Board: Edexcel

Criteria for Entry: Grade B or above in GCSE Techonolgy & Design

Equipping students with design skills for the future – Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world.

Encourages creativity and innovation – At A level students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client/end user.

Content and assessment overview

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology (Product Design) consists of one externally-examined paper and one non-examined assessment component.

All aspects of the above coursework is linear and is completed at the end of  Year 14.

Useful web links www. ec1/elecex.htm