Design and Technology KS5


Our Design and Technology KS5 is a comprehensive solution to teach students many aspects of design engineering including its scope in fashion and textile engineering as well as industrial, manufacturing and production industries.


Design and Technology KS5

Objectives and aims:

Our Design and Technology KS5 solution meets the needs to develop understanding, skills and knowledge required for students at KS5 level. We incorporate fun and intriguing technologies to teach some of the toughest design and technology concepts. Our solution encourage students to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes/products that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values. It enables students to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/products.

Design and Technology KS5 Contents:

  • Our D&T KS5 solution give appreciation of manufactured products in terms of materials, processes and techniques involved and that designers need to be able to discriminate between them and
    select them appropriately for use, experimenting in order to improve, refine and
    realise a design.
  • It gives them understanding of the requirements for product design, development and manufacture, including: fitness for purpose; meeting the criteria of specifications; accuracy of production; appropriate use of digital technologies; aesthetics; ergonomics and
  • Students learn the use of media, communication and presentation techniques, including drawing
    and sketching, and writing reports to record, explain and communicate their design decisions, providing sufficient information to enable others to interpret their design intentions.
  • Our D&T KS5 solution covers digital design and digital manufacture, including computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), modelling and simulation.
  • Students get good appreciation of safe working practices, including identifying hazards and understanding the need for risk assessments.
  • We have developed a balanced solution so students could see how skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including mathematics and science, inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology.
  • We have good links with manufacturing industry and provide site visits so students get to appreciate the main features of manufacturing industries, including stages of production, quality assurance and quality control, modern manufacturing methods and systems when combining or processing materials, sustainability, and services to the customer including legal requirements.
  • We have practical exercises so students learn how to achieve an optimum use of materials and components by taking into account the relationship between material cost, form, and manufacturing processes, and the scale of production. By the end of course, students get to know the implications of intellectual property, registered designs, registered trademarks, copyright, design rights and patents. Not to mention the benefits of marketing, enterprise, innovation and collaboration in the development of products.
  • Students learn how to select and safely use a range of specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery appropriate to the design and manufacture of domestic, commercial and industrial products and systems.
  • Students develop knowledge and understanding of:
    • approaches to project manageent, such as critical path analysis, scrum or six sigma.
    • the environmental factors affecting disposal of waste, surplus materials, components and by-products, sustainability, and costs.
    • the application of relevant standards to their design tasks including those published by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) specific to the subject.
    • the stages of a product life cycle.
  • Students achieve knowledge and understanding of:
    • the characteristics and working properties of materials relevant to product design
      and manufacture, including: metals, woods, polymers, textiles, composites, smart
      and modern materials
    • the use of adhesives, permanent, and semi-permanent fixings
    • the use of surface finishes and coatings to enhance appearance, and methods of
      preventing corrosion and decay such as paints, varnishes, sealants, preservatives,
      anodising, plating, coating, galvanisation and cathodic protection
    • the performance characteristics of woods, metals, and polymers including
      toughness, hardness, elasticity and durability in relation to specific product
    • the application of smart and modern materials
    • production processes including moulding, extrusion, laminating, milling, turning,
      casting, stamping, and forming; the use of ICT, prototyping, jigs and fixtures.
  • With our extensive industrial resources, we have a package to develop student’s understanding and knowledge of:
    • industrial and commercial practice including manufacturing processes and
      systems, product manufacture and maintenance, production scales, and quality
      control in relation to manufacturing and the design industries
    • modular/cell production systems, just-in-time manufacturing, bought-in parts and
      components and the use of standardised parts
    • rapid prototyping.

Fashion and Textiles:

Students develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • the characteristics and working properties of materials relevant to fashion and
    textiles design, development, and manufacture, including:
  • the sources and classification of the main fibre groups, fabrics and yarns
  • the production processes associated with mixtures and blends
  • laminating as a finishing process
  • methods of joining fabrics including the use of fastenings
  • the working properties and physical characteristics of fibres and fabrics in relation
    to their suitability for various products
  • the performance characteristics of fibres and fabrics including tensile strength,
    elasticity, resilience, durability, flammability, and weight.
  • the qualities given to fabrics by the construction methods used, finishes and
    surface decoration, and through surface pattern technologies
  • the applications of smart materials, e-textiles, and technical textiles
  • how materials, other than fibres and fabrics, can be used in textiles and fashion
    design and development
  • a variety of components and their appropriateness for a range of products in
    relation to the end-user, fabrics used, and design considerations.
  • industrial and commercial practice including manufacturing processes, the use of
    ICT, pattern cutting, product manufacture, re-use and recycling, production scales,
    testing systems, and quality control in relation to textiles and the fashion design
  • the use of pattern drafting and toiles.

Design Engineering:

Students develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • system design processes and methods
  • the use of ‘blue sky’ and incremental innovation, and of new/emerging
  • visualisation and simulation including the application of computer aided design
    (CAD) and computer aided engineering (CAE) software
  • the characteristics and working properties of materials relevant to engineering
    including smart and modern materials
  • the principles of electronics including sensing, control, and output systems
  • static and dynamic forces in structures, including the forces of: tension,
    compression, torsion and bending; stress, strain and elasticity; rigidity and modes
    of failure
  • mechanical systems
  • energy sources, energy storage, transmission, and utilisation
  • programmable and control devices including how to use such devices to solve
    problems in system design
  • how to represent systems and components through the use of circuit diagrams,
    flowcharts and constructional diagrams
  • how to develop and use production plans.
  • industrial and commercial practice including manufacturing processes and
    systems, the use of ICT, prototyping, product manufacture and maintenance,
    production scales, and quality control in relation to the engineering industries
  • how to interface electrical/electronic circuits with mechanical and pneumatic
    systems and components
  • communication protocols, including an understanding of interfacing with wireless
    devices, embedded devices, and smart objects
  • product lifecycle management, engineered lifespans including planned
    obsolescence, the need for maintenance of machinery, product support, and end
    of life (EOL)
  • how testing, including the use of destructive and non-destructive methods, is used
    to inform and modify designs
  • the prediction of performance through modelling, including the use of IT based



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