Cheney School

Cheney School

Design & Technology

The Design and Technology department at Cheney includes three distinct areas: Product Design, Textiles, and Food Technology.

We offer a creative learning experience for students by enabling them to learn through designing, making and problem solving. This gives students the opportunity to challenge themselves and take risks whether working independently or as part of a team. 

We are committed to raising standards and opportunities for students by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be responsible consumers of products and to gain access to the 21st Century workplace.

Our teaching is designed to inspire and motivate students to achieve their full potential.
Our Department includes two food rooms, a textiles room, a product design room and a dual purpose room. All rooms are fully resourced  with equipment including:

  • 3D printers
  • Laser cutters
  • Cad Cam machines
  • Hot metal forges
  • Computerised sewing machines

Key Stage Three

At Key Stage Three, students follow a carousel system. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, they develop knowledge and understanding of the ‘design and make’ process, through using textiles, product design and food.

As part of their work with food, students also have an opportunity to make a selection of predominantly savoury products.

Key Stage Four

Enrichment courses

At KS4 students can follow one of our enrichment programmes in Food, Product Design or Textiles. These courses build on what they have learnt at KS3. Students can study these as a single one year course or can also use them as preparations for their exam courses.

GCSE Course Assessment

All GCSE courses are assessed with 60% coursework and 40% written exam.  

GCSE Food Technology

Students learn a number of practical culinary skills; pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of ingredients, nutrition, equipment, processes, current health issues and technological developments used in the food industry.

GCSE Product Design

Students learn to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. This includes jewellery design and making.

GCSE Textiles

Students learn using theoretical and practical experience, studying design needs, fibre classification, construction and maintenance techniques, embroidery techniques / computerised design, the influence of fashion, advertising and the media, correct choice and use of tools and equipment.

BTEC Course Assessment

All BTEC courses are assessed though coursework, some of which is externally moderated.

BTEC Product Design and Textiles

Students will learn how to design and make using a variety of different materials, including wood, metals and textiles.

Key Stage Five

A Level Assessment

The course is assessed through two coursework exams and two written exams taken at the end of the two years. 

A Level Product Design

(WJEC)  students  maximise their designing potential across all material areas, including wood, plastic, metal and textiles. We encourage links with both local and national companies, developing students’ awareness of opportunities available to them in the real world.