Design Technology

Design Technology (DT) is ever more popular at QK. All students take the subject throughout Key Stage 3 and most opt to take GCSE Product Design, Graphics or a BTEC in Hospitality, Construction, or Engineering at Key Stage 4. AS Product Design has proved even more popular this year than in 2009!

Highlights of 2011 Results

  • DT students at KS4 have done brilliantly again this year with 91% of Graphic students getting A*-C grades.
  • The Engineering group had over 25% of students getting Distinction (equivalent to 2 GCSE A*).
  • The BTEC courses in Construction, Hospitality and Engineering have been outstanding with 95% of the students passing, many of them attaining four times A*-C equivalency, and all of them getting at least two A*-C grades.
  • The AS results show a continuing and significant improvement.

Current Developments

We are continuing our review of the Key Stage 3 curriculum to make it even more exciting to study DT in Years 7 to 9. The Licence to Cook programme is now fully integrated into our curriculum, and BTEC Construction Subsidiary Diploma has completed its first intake of sixth form students, giving the students the opportunity to further their study towards Architecture, Surveying and related professions.

Beyond QK

Guest Speakers

Students now have access to a program of lectures by guest designers from the real world of design and technology, which they find interesting and invigorating! Urban textiles designer T Magic proved an exceptional guest. Yr 9 will again this year have a careers fair with lots of guests to show them where a DT career can take them.


The international robotics programme, which we run in association with the American School in London, continues to provide very special opportunities for QK students at key stages four and five. This year we got further in the competition finals than ever before! We have now extended the robotics programme into key stage three by entering two teams into the First Lego League robotics competition. Every Wednesday evening, four o’clock, in DT2!