Technology and Design


Mr S Molloy (Head Of Department)
Mr E Owens
Mr J Bradley (Technology & Design Technician)

 T&D Department Image

Key Stage 3

KS3 Technology and Design pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. Some examples include a Christmas LED Display, Litter Picker and Night Light. Pupils learn to use current technologies to consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
James Dyson the creator the Dyson vacuum cleaner states "Teachers of all disciplines recently voted Technology and Design as the most useful subject you can study" 
The statutory requirements for KS3 Technology can be found by clicking on the link below


Through studying this Specification, students will complete 45 hours Controlled Assessment worth 60% and 2 terminal examinations worth 20% per cent each. Students will have opportunities to:

  • develop practical solutions to consumer needs, wants and opportunities;
  • design and make quality products and/or systems;
  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies;
  • understand that products have an impact on lifestyle;
  • develop their creativity and critical analysis skills;
  • make links between existing solutions, technological knowledge and the principles of good design;
  • explore how aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making;
  • develop decision-making skills;
  • consider sustainability; and
  • gain insight into related sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.

A Level

A level T&D is a Edexcel Product Design Course that looks at:

  • Resistant Materials - you will study types of materials in more depth, their properties and their uses, also including advanced materials
  • Processes - injection moulding, casting, sintering and other modern processes involved in product manufacture and the use of ICT in designing and manufacturing
  • Designing - you will be encouraged to be creative/inventive and to develop your skills and talents in graphic/product design
  • Manufacturing - you will make a set product at AS and you will be guided at A2 in deciding what to design and make as a final project.


Extra Curricular

The Technology Department run an Extracurricular Club on Monday during terms 1 and 2. During Term 1, KS3 pupils are given the opportunity to enter The First Lego League Competition which allows 10 students to compete against several other schools from Northern Ireland. The competition involves computer programming and presentations. GCSE and A Level students are also given the opportunity to enhance their coursework with dedicated assistance from both teachers.

Other articles of interest:

March 2017

AS Irish Workshop UU

» 3rd March 2017

Year 12 Retreat

» 6th March 2017

Year 14 Retreat

» 7th March 2017

Year 8 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 7th March 2017 at 1:00 - 3:30pm

Reconciliation Day

» 8th March 2017

Fainne Airgid

» 10th March 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 11th March 2017

Unity Project 10A and 10E

» 13th March 2017

PTA / Student Council - Irish Night

» 14th March 2017 at 8pm

Year 14 Spanish Debate QUB

» 14th March 2017

Aifreann La Feile Padraig

» 15th March 2017

Exceptional Closure

» 16th March 2017

Year 11 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 16th March 2017 at 9:00am - 11:30am

Year 13 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 16th March 2017 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Silver DoE Expedition

» 16th March 2017

St Patrick's Day Holiday

» 17th March 2017

History Berlin Trip

» 17th March 2017 ~ 20th March 2017

Year 12 GCSE PE Moderation

» 21st March 2017

Netball Finals

» 22nd March 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 25th March 2017

Bronze DoE

» 25th March 2017

A2 Irish Work Shop UU

» 31st March 2017