Technology

Technology offers a range of exciting courses from KS3 through GCSE to A level.

Key stage 3 students are able to work on a variety of projects experiencing work with a range of materials including wood, metal, plastics and electronics. Key to developing young designers and technologists is their ability to work in teams and the students are frequently required to cooperate in order to solve problems.

GCSE students currently study Product Design. An exciting and challenging course but very rewarding.

A Level Students from CRGS are joined by those from other schools to study Product Design, many of whom go on to university to study Engineering or design based disciplines.

Departmental team

  • Mr. S McCain (Head of Department)
  • Mr. M Johnston-Green
  • Mrs. H Sawford
  • Mr. G Coe (Technology Technician)

The Design and Technology department organises and coordinates a range of extra curricular activities including:


Students regularly take part in competitions, sometimes they win prizes!

Each year Y10 students undertake a study day at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford as part of their GCSE studies.

Students in Y11 can apply for scholarships from the Arkwright foundation to support their sixth form studies in Design and Technology. Links with local businesses are sought and maintained for the benefit they bring to the width of experience students receive as they study Design and Technology.

OCR Product Design A-level

An overview

We follow the well regarded OCR Product Design course that combines a wide range of analytical and problem solving skills along with designing and making skills. The course provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to study the subject and related subjects at a higher level.

Year 12

The Advanced Innovation Challenge (Exam in workshop 80 marks)

This exam has been designed to test your innovation and creativity. It is a 7 hour exam taken in 3 sessions, set on a theme provided by the exam board. Session 1 and 2 are taken on the same day. Session 3 is taken about a week later. All session are marked by the exam board.

You will analyses the theme set and collect information you can use in the exam. You will select one question from six and do all your work in a pre-printed booklet. During Session 1 you will analyses the question, write a design brief and specification and then respond by producing a range of design ideas.  You will also give a Dragons Den style presentation to a small group who will give you feedback about your ideas. 

In Session 2 you will model your idea, developing it and refining it. You will also evaluate your final model.

In Session 3 you will answer two ‘discuss’ style questions taken from the Common Core, in relation to your work in Session 1 and 2. The questions are not material specific, instead they focus on a range of generic design issues. 

Product Study (Coursework 120 marks)

During this piece of coursework you will analyse an existing product and identify its strengths and weaknesses. You will write a design brief and specification to improve the product and you will then go about designing and modelling ideas that iron out the problems you have identified. It is not a complete design and make project – you are improving and developing an existing product. 

Year 13 

Design, Make and Evaluate (Coursework 120 marks)

At the end of year 12 you will start on your major design and make project. You will produce an A3 portfolio that demonstrates your skills of designing, making and evaluating. Your project will be marked out of 120 by your teachers and moderated by the exam board. An important feature of the project is identifying a real client or customer group to design for. Ongoing feedback from the client helps to maintain focus throughout the project. 

Product Design (Formal Exam 90 marks)

This is a 2 ½ hour written paper with two components taken at the same sitting. In Component 1 you select one question from a choice of eight different material areas. The intention is that you do not learn a large amount of factual information, rather that you are able to apply knowledge gained from the in-depth analysis of products. Two-thirds of the marks are drawn from the Common Core and one-third from the specifics of the material chosen. 36 marks are available for this component.

In Component 2, again you select one question from a possible eight and this question will test your design thinking under pressure. You will be given a design brief and you will be required write a specification, develop ideas and select and justify features for further development. There are 54 marks available for this component.