Art and DT

Design Technology and Food Curriculum Journey

Art Curriculum Journey

Overview of the Department

The Art and Technology department works within the Creative Arts faculty. The team comprises of six subject specialists who aim to inspire, motivate and excite young learners. The teaching staff have a diverse range of skills that offer pupils a broad and exhilarating course of study throughout both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

The department has the facilities to create work in a wide variety of media including a kiln for clay work, its own photography suite and fully equipped technology rooms. We aim to work to the individual needs of pupils in Key Stage 4 and believe that our broad curriculum at Key Stage 3 fully prepares for this.  

Curriculum Overview / Philosophy

In Year 7, 8 and 9, pupils will rotate through the different Art and Technology specialisms. Pupils will experience Fine Art, Photography, Art, Craft and Design, Graphic Communication and Food Technology.

We have designed a curriculum that will excite, enthuse and inspire our younger budding artists and technologists! Throughout their journey they will learn a wide variety of new skills and be given the opportunity to explore a range of media. We believe that this provides a sound platform of knowledge and skills for pupils who wish to further their studies into one of the GCSE or vocational courses.

Our mission is to build confidence and encourage pupils to take ownership of their work and to develop their thinking into creative ideas. With our modern and sophisticated workshops include, brand new Engineering Lathes, state of the art interactive monitors in each classroom, 3D printing and laser cutting equipment our stimulating teaching environments and specialist teaching ensure all pupils not only enjoy but achieve.

We truly believe in the philosophy of Believe – Achieve – Succeed.


Year 7, 8 & 9


In year, 7, 8 & 9 pupils work on a rotation system with Art to ensure students receive a broad and balanced curriculum of Food Technology, Graphic Communication, Art and Photography. An example of this would be the Diet and Health project in Food Technology in Year 8, this follows the guidelines from the National Curriculum and ensure students are prepared for life. Each rotation lasts between 8 - 10 weeks that are assessed through practical outcomes, corresponding learning journey diaries and a final key piece of work. Our vision ensures pupils are prepared for life, develop into lifelong learners and are responsible citizens for example the Mexican Art project in Year 7 introduces students to cultural art.

Students start their GCSE and Vocational courses in Year 10. See details below of courses available.



Year 10 & 11 - Art


GCSE Art and Design - AQA

Year 10 will be topic based, pupils will work to a theme decided upon by their teacher. The projects will cover all 4 Assessment Objectives set by the AQA exam board criteria. Pupils will produce a diverse range of outcomes based upon the given theme. They will explore, experiment and develop independent working skills that will enable them to achieve a personal response. All the set tasks including homework will be counted towards the coursework element of the GCSE criteria.

Year 11

During the final year, pupils will reflect, refine and adapt coursework projects. Constant critique and development will ensure sound admissions for coursework. In January, pupils will begin the final exam, they will respond to one exam question from the choice on the AQA paper. Pupils will follow an independent course of study in preparation for a 10 hour timed exam. The exam is entirely practical and pupils will produce Art work in response to the question during this timed session.

Extra Curricular

The department is committed to providing extra learning opportunities at Key Stage 4. Holiday workshops and after school lessons are very well attended and enjoyed.


Year 10 & 11

GCSE / Vocational qualifications

Design and Technology is part of everyday life and is constantly evolving. The qualifications focus on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes. They’ll learn about processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.

Year 11

AQA GCSE Design Technology

WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering

Year 10

AQA Graphic Communication

WJEC Level 1/2 Engineering


How will I be assessed?

AQA Design and Technology

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks) – 50% Written Exam

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks) – 50% Non-Examined Assessment

WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering Course

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry – 50% Written Exam

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action – 50% Coursework (Practical and Theory)

 AQA Graphic Communication

Research: 25%

Experimentation: 25%

Record: 25%

Final Outcome: 25% 

WJEC Level 1/2 Engineering

Unit 1 (9791): Engineering Design – Coursework – 25%

Unit 2 (9792): Producing Engineering Products – Coursework – 50%

Unit 3 (9793): Solving Engineering Problems – Exam – 25%



Teaching and Learning

 Design and Technology students will expect to walk into an exciting, innovative and purposeful learning environment in all lessons. Pupils are engaged in learning from the moment they enter the classroom, they are well prepared through clear routines to maximise learning from the start of every lesson.

Each classroom has been developed and decorated to provide a creative environment where students can express themselves and produce creative thought and ideas. We have truly adopted the ethos of creating a ‘Love of Learning’ environment to allow students to maximise progress and attainment

Students are expected to develop, and confidently use a high level of language for learning. The fully skill-based curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils leave Golborne High School with a love of learning within Design and Technology, in addition to gaining skills for life, through the delivery of the exciting yet challenging curriculum we offer.

Extra-curricular: Lunch and after school coursework clubs every day for Year 10 & 11

Tuesday & Thursday Lunch, Young Designers Club where pupils can work on live competition briefs. Junior MasterChef competition at Warrington and Vale Royal College in the summer term every year.

Possible Trips:

The Design Museum London

Science and Industry Museum Manchester