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City of London

School for girls

Design and Technology is a subject that plays an increasingly fundamental role in our everyday lives.  Everything human-made, which we interact with, has been designed and engineered by someone. As Albert Einstein said “Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been ”.  With ever-increasing advancement in technology, it is an exciting time to be designing and engineering. 


With an emphasis on authentic practice, Design and Technology develops thinking skills leading towards invention and design innovation, to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, preparing learners to become critical and creative designers, engineers and consumers of the future. Students are able to engage in a variety of contexts to understand and appreciate the design and manufacture of existing products, making them more empathetic designers and more discriminating purchasers. Students learn to deliver their thinking and design skills through iterative design processes that allow them to explore, create and evaluate their design concepts following practices and strategies used by the creative, engineering, and manufacturing industries.

Design and Technology is suited to girls who have an interest in the careers of the future; such as engineering, architecture, product design, graphic design and various other design courses.


YEARS 7 - 9

During Key Stage 3, students analyse the design, materials and manufacturing processes of existing products. In addition to this they conduct research, design, construct and evaluate their own projects. They learn technical skills and use hand tools, machinery and computer aided design and manufacturing to bring their designs to life. They develop their confidence as consumers through being critical thinkers, combined with their new found ability to be creative, purposeful and skilled practical workers.

YEARS 10 and 11

Product Design GCSE involves students in activities which develop innovation and flair. The course has no material bias; it anticipates that candidates will develop their skills through working with any appropriate material including, where and when appropriate, the use of ICT.

Students study product specifications, evaluate existing products, generate design proposals and select appropriate materials, tools and equipment. The learn to sketch concepts and prototype ideas. They also develop awareness of consumer requirements, develop ICT skills using computer aided design and manufacture software packages, and develop knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes.


Drawing on authentic design practice and contemporary technologies, students are free to explore design possibilities that excite and engage them, giving a strong foundation for further study and developing thinking and design skills that will support them in any future direction.

Product Design in the sixth form focuses on consumer products and applications and their analysis in respect of materials, components, process and their selection and uses in products and/or systems. It also focuses on the selection and use of the above in industrial commercially viable products and practices. It is very beneficial should you be considering a career in the fields of design, engineering, architecture or manufacturing. The learning approach employed teaches you to solve problems logically, develop reasoning skills and work independently and is similar to that experienced in higher education and industry.

For their main project, students identify an engaging and challenging context of their own choice that offers design opportunity or problem to respond to in the development of a design solution. They create a chronological portfolio of evidence in real-time as they design, make and evaluate the project according to the iterative processes.

"It makes me think about the impact the products I use everyday have on the world and our environment."  Olivia


GCSE: OCR Product Design

A Level: OCR Product Design


We continuously look for exhibitions in and around London. We visit the V&A and Design Museum on a regular basis so we can enhance the learning experience of our students. Students studying GCSE and A Level design also attend external workshops to develop skills as well as lectures from famous designers and engineers, to gain first hand experience of higher education careers in relevant fields.

Head of Department: Mr A Wright